Meet the Millers!

If you’ve made it to this page, we assume you’re looking to learn a little more about the Millers and what’s gotten us into this crazy world of points!

Beware, a fun little story awaits!

Alex Miller & Erin Miller

Why Hello There, New Friends!

The first thing you should know is: Alex was the instigator.  

He is always the instigator.  

Let’s back up a little. No, wait…let’s back up a lot.

Alex was born and raised in England and never lived far from London, though his family did move around quite a bit.

He is the youngest of 3 boys and the son of 2 incredible parents who have a great deal to do with his little Travel Bug.

Alex went to boarding school when he was just a youngster, and studied business & management with a minor emphasis in Spanish at Exeter University (including spending a year abroad in Santander, Spain).

After completing his studies, he humbly moved back home (as many of us do) and started his own online marketing business specializing in search engine optimization (SEO).

4 years later, Al took this now “grown” business and applied for an E1 VISA to the U.S. Once granted, he moved his whole life in 3 suitcases on December 29, 2011.

Erin was born and raised near St. Louis, MO (Go Cardinals!).  She grew up as the middle child of 3 girls, and a daughter of 2 wonderful parents who have always wholeheartedly encouraged her wanderlust (not to mention a grandmother who contributed to this itch through many many childhood trips).

Erin spent her undergraduate days at the University of Illinois (I-L-L!) and went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at The University of Miami (yes, the U…not the one in Ohio).   

In fall 2011, Erin began practicing as a physical therapist in St. Louis while awaiting word from a certain Mr. Miller about the status of his pending visa application.

Let’s pause…it seems we’ve left a bit out!  

Alex and Erin met in March 2011 at a bar (gasp! true love can spark in a bar!) in Orlando, FL.  

To punctuate a very long and cliche (yet true!) story: we dated long-distance for a number of months, fell in love, moved in together when Alex arrived in America, took our dynamic little duo down to Dallas, traveled, got engaged, traveled some more, got married, adopted an incredibly handsome pup named Leo (more on this scoundrel later), then packed up and started a new adventure in Austin, TX…which brings us up to date!

To The Points!

(Cause that’s really why you’re reading right?)

Let me repeat: Alex is always the instigator.  

When Al arrived at the airport for his ridiculously exciting “I’m moving my life to The USA” flight, the attendant behind the British Airways check-in counter (reluctantly) notified him that he had been upgraded from economy to business class (score!).

Alex still has absolutely no clue why this happened, but he didn’t risk asking any questions! Seemingly on a lucky kick, Al boarded the flight stoked for the journey ahead.

After this happy little occurrence, Alex did a lot of thinking about the upgrade and how he could make it happen on a more regular basis (without relying on luck).  

Once he made it to the states, Alex quickly found a multitude of credit card companies willing to issue a seemingly outrageous amount of points to the Average Joe who procured cards, spent wisely, and allocated spending appropriately. (P.S.: In the UK, credit cards offers are abysmal!)

Over time, this interest has become a quite game/obsession for Alex.  

Just one example:

In 2013, we put ~90% of our wedding expenses on the Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card, which earned us a free “Travel Together” ticket through BA. This allowed us to fly business class (on the upper deck of a 747!) on our honeymoon to Italy via London.

"Upper Deck" Business Class on British Airways for our Honeymoon!
“Upper deck” business class on British Airways for our honeymoon!

This experience got us REALLY excited about points! Due to Alex’s rather obsessive personality, he went to town earning as many miles as he could – and still does!

We soon realized we didn’t need a wedding’s-worth of spending to accomplish this feat. In fact, we have regularly earned an annual “Travel Together” ticket through savvy spending and sign-up bonuses! (If you’re a newbie, please see our beginners guide to get started!)

With this annual Travel Together ticket, we’re able to fly first class on British Airways to London and back once per year! We could never do that if we had to buy the tickets with cash! (Note that this is just one example of many other redemptions that are offered with most airlines, not just BA!)

First Class on British Airways
First class on British Airways 747 (London to Houston)

We have credit cards we use for dining out, cards we use at the grocery store, and cards that are used strictly for business. This enables us to earn the maximum number of points whenever we’re spending on everyday living.

By now you’ve probably noticed the “we” – yes, somewhere along the line, Erin got dragged into all this. Albeit skeptical at first, she quickly realized Alex was on to something here…and clearly it has been more than worth it!!

What we want to emphasize is that we earn over 97% of our miles through avenues other than actually flying. Earning big credit card sign-up bonuses and maximizing every dollar you spend is the key!

Whatever your reason for earning points, be it weekend trips across the country or long-haul trips across the pond, you don’t have to make 100+ flights a year to earn these points. You could actually do it without flying at all!

Alex Miller - Cathay Pacific First Class
First class in Cathay Pacific from Chicago to Hong Kong!

Believe Us, We’re Proof of This!

If you are smart about your credit cards and loyalty programs, spend wisely, and pay them off monthly (rather than rack up debt – no good for anyone), you’ll have a mountain of points just waiting for you to cash in on!  

Lucky for you guys, we’re here to help. So take a look around, get yourself educated, and start earning!

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