When it comes to travel, there are 3 things I know well.
- Traveling for pennies with frequent flyer miles.
As for numbers 1 and 2, they are covered here on the blog. My series of Priceline posts have been the most popular articles on this blog since I published them. The articles drive the majority of the traffic to this site.
As for number 3, it is not the main focus of this blog but something I cover occasionally, usually when it comes to me bragging about a trip I scored for next to nothing. The next post on that subject is due in December when my wife and kids and I will fly to Hawaii and stay 7 nights at the Hilton Waikoloa for $20 (don’t ask me how many Hilton Points that took, ugh).
— Scott (@pdxtraveltips) November 15, 2014
and I’ll be damned if someone actually took me up on it.
@pdxtraveltips two tickets using US Airways miles, travel to HK via Europe. Wanna help?
— Vinh Phan (@DaiCa2011) November 16, 2014
While I may have been kidding on the square, I had to do it. 6 hours later, I found an award that routes through London to Hong Kong from Los Angeles. The award was a combination of coach, business class, and first class. All international flights were in business class or first class. West Coast to Hong Kong would have been much easier and I could have done it in less than 6 hours. However, routing via Europe was a fun challenge so I enjoyed it. US Airways is a strange beast and I am still waiting to hear if it was successfully booked.
Back at my favorite mile and points blog, Travel Blogger Buzz (TBB), there has been a lot of talk about monetizing blogs and his in particular. TBB has struggled to find a way to get something out of all the work he has put in on his blog. He has turned to credit card affiliate links, which is ironic because they main focus of his blog is how much travel bloggers who push credit cards suck. I have given him a fair amount of grief over it.
The experience with the award booking and discussion at TBB has me thinking about more ways in which I can monetize this blog. I do surprisingly well with Google Adsense. This is due in large part to the fact that most of the traffic on this site is organic (i.e. “bidding on Priceline” searches). Looking for ways to add extra revenue is always good. I’m thinking about offering a miles consulting and award booking assistance service to the blog. I doubt it will get much interest but it will be fun to see and experiment with.
To that end, I created a page offering what I basically offered on twitter. I figure if I get one or two people every couple of months that would be fun (and manageable if it takes me 6 hours per award!).
Without further ado:
SEO dictates TRAVEL and FREE be included in the title, even though it’s not. Unless you’re this guy. I am probably totally crazy for offering this for $45, but what the hell it’s cold and wet outside.by