18 – How to fly like a Boss with Steve Hui
Steve Hui, the Points Whisperer, is the owner of I fly flat. We talk about what the tricks are to using points in your business to be able to fly business class. Business owners have a huge advantage when it comes to Frequent Flyer Points.
We recently talked about “How to take a holiday as a business owner.” I think it is really important to travel, partially to unwind and destress from your business and partially to be inspired and be more creative in the strategy and tactics that you have in your business. If you are going to travel, you might as well travel in style!
There are a lot of ways that you can maximise the points that you have available to you, as well as some traps to avoid.
One of the big mistakes that we were making was that our main credit card was limited to 3,000 points per month. We applied for a card that was uncapped, which has dramatically increased the number of points that we have been able to accrue.
What is the value of a points upgrade and what is the best way to spend them?
Have a think about how much you have going through your credit cards. Can you increase that amount? It is really important to make sure that you are paying off your credit cards every month, otherwise those points that you accrue are really expensive.
Some credit cards will allow you earn points on government payments, like tax bills. This can dramatically increase the points that you earn.
As a business owner, flying Business Class is pretty important because:
- It allows you to work a lot easier while flying.
- It allows you to land refreshed after the flight and adjust to the time zone a lot quicker.
- You deserve it!
I have been lucky to fly Qantas business class a few times now and it is a very civilised way to travel and I find I am very productive when relaxing in the nice comfy seat, a glass a whisky and the Laptop set up. There are no distractions from the internet or the phone and I can concentrate on the big strategic questions in our businesses.
I was recently able to reach Platinum with Qantas and one of the great advantages is access to Platinum lounges. These are a fantastic experience, a great place to relax and do a little work.
Keep an eye out for the best credit cards and the Double Status credits promotions that airlines run. These can make a big difference to the way that you travel.
Contact Steve at I Fly Flat for more information on how to fly like a boss!
Don’t forget to send us a photo of you on holidays if you’ve used any tips from the podcast to take a holiday!