Many people wonder how I manage to do all these amazing trips on such a tight budget. The #1 thing I do is to take advantage of any credit card promotions that come along. We all have daily expenses – groceries, petrol, bills that have to be paid regardless so why not earn miles and points on them?
In Australia, the Amex Platinum Edge is the best card for normal everyday spend.
Here you can see the benefits of this card. You may notice a 10,000 points bonus for applying but I can do better than that!
However if you use my referral link, you get 15,000 Membership Rewards points! I also get a referral bonus……………….and then you will become eligible to refer people yourself so you can pick up some more points!
There are 9 airline transfer partners – Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Air New Zealand Airpoints, THAI Royal Orchid Plus, Malaysia Airlines Enrich and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. Most of these transfer at 1:1 ratio. You can also transfer to Starwood Preferred Guest at a ratio of 2 Amex = 1 SPG. From SPG, you have access to over 20 airlines worldwide including American Airlines, British Airways, Flying Blue & more! When you transfer from SPG to an airline, you should do so in blocks of 20,000 SPG to get a bonus 5000 miles in your airline account.
Earning Amex Membership Rewards is easier than you think! First of all, your groceries not only get the 3 points per $ but you also get the Coles Flybuys or Woolworths Rewards by scanning your supermarket loyalty card. Then you can buy gift cards to all kinds of stores like Bunnings, BCF, several clothing stores, Netflix, iTunes and more so almost all your purchases can earn 3x! It all adds up and you soon will have enough points for your dream trip!