Alex was born and grew up in England, spending the majority of his first 25 years living west of London. After graduating with degrees in Business & Management with Spanish from the University of Exeter, Alex started several online marketing businesses.
Alex certainly has his parents to thank for acquiring his love for travel, as there was always a new destination for the family! Alex’s passion for travel leaped a couple levels after graduating, when he and 5 friends visited 10 European countries in just 30 days, all on a shoestring budget by maximizing the Interrail!
This bug turned into an obsession when Alex moved to America in 2011 after falling head-over-heels in love with Erin (and also realizing how much fun he has there!).
Alex was (and still is!) literally stunned at the number of credit card points you can earn in the U.S. (something that is not possible in England), and quickly took this interest to the next level.
Alex has earned millions of travel points and miles, mainly through maximizing credit card sign-up bonuses and taking (nearly) every opportunity to earn the maximum amount of points whenever he spends a single dollar, anywhere. This combo is the key!
Alex was (and still is!) amazed at how many people do not leverage their opportunities to earn miles and redeem them for incredible travels – and this led to creating UpgradedPoints.com which launched in March 2016 after a year of planning.
As of 2017, points and miles have helped Alex to visit over 35 countries and fly international first class across 5 different products, with Singapore Suites, Cathay Pacific, and Lufthansa being amongst his favorite experiences, so far!