Alex has been traveling for over 25 years and he has his parents to thank for this. Born and raised in England (and living there until he was 27), from a young age Alex was lucky enough to set out on numerous family trips all over the world.
During university, where he studied Business & Management with Spanish, Alex studied abroad for a year in Alicante. After graduating in 2007 his passion jumped to another level when he and 5 friends visited 10 European countries in just 30 days – all on a shoestring budget.
This travel bug turned into a full-time obsession when Alex moved to America in 2011 after falling head-over-heels in love with Erin.
Alex has since earned millions of travel points and miles, mainly through maximizing credit card sign-up bonuses and taking every opportunity to earn the most points possible on each dollar spent.
These points and miles have helped Alex to fly some of the most awarded international first-class products in the world, including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, British Airways & Lufthansa!
The most rewarding part of running UpgradedPoints.com are the success stories from readers and other avid travelers, some of which are featured in our Real Redemptions series.
Unfortunately, credit card fraud is becoming more and more common. Especially if you’re a travel aficionado who uses credit cards to earn points and miles, you need to understand how fraud works and the best ways to protect yourself. While… read more
For our recent around the world trip in October 2017, my wife and I wanted to fly every long-haul segment in first or business class — something we could only afford to do by using points and miles. As it… read more
One of the best things about credit card points and frequent flyer miles is that by using them, you can experience some incredible and luxurious travel that would otherwise be totally unaffordable. The catch is that it takes some advance… read more
Along with British Airways and Aer Lingus, Spanish airline Iberia is owned by IAG. Though all 3 of these airlines use Avios as their points currency, the Iberia Plus frequent flyer program is distinct. Avios is complicated — the points… read more
Aer Lingus AerClub launched in December 2016 as part of the Avios family with British Airways, Iberia, and additional airline partners. Avios is complicated — while the points are the same, which program they sit in influences your award ticket… read more
If you’re tired of flying economy and want to fly Business or First Class (without paying crazy amounts of cash), you need to earn the right type of points, and then use them in a smart way! Follow these 3… read more