Today’s Guest: Richard Kerr from Bilt Rewards
Richard Kerr is a well-known name in the miles and points world. He has built massive communities, written informative articles, and helped thousands of people learn how to travel the world for less. In this episode, Richard joins us to talk about his history in the travel rewards space and how he is taking his knowledge and skills to the next level by helping to create and grow the Bilt Rewards program, as their Director of Travel Rewards. Be sure to tune in next week for the conclusion of our interview and hear about some of Richard’s travels and best experiences over the years.
Times of Note:
2:17 – Richard says hello.
3:44 – How Richard got started in miles and points.
6:04 – What we’re drinking.
9:37 – Richard learned a lot and immediately started teaching others.
12:23 – Travel Hacking 101 on Facebook is born.
13:52 – Richard and Jeff met over tacos.
15:58 – Five years of growth in the points world.
19:04 – Richard taps Jeff to take over Award Travel 101.
20:10 – The summer of golf didn’t go exactly as planned.
21:21 – Do award travel guys and beer guys have the same look?
23:40 – Bilt Rewards – Richard’s new gig.
26:49 – Thanks for listening, Ankur!
27:16 – How Bilt Rewards works.
30:49 – A bit of math explaining why Bilt works for earning points.
34:27 – The team behind this loyalty program is legit.
37:43 – If Richard can’t break it, you probably can’t either.
38:50 – Points can be used for a downpayment on a home!!!
43:59 – Did Jeff accidentally guess a future transfer partner?
47:32 – Get the Bilt team your feedback on the program and the card.
48:27 – Miles and Points with Pints!
48:59 – Amex Platinum benefits and annual fee updates.
1:00:36 – Membership Rewards bonuses for adding authorized users.
1:03:07 – CSP 100k offer is still awesome! – Apply in a branch for no annual fee.
1:05:13 – The Point Debit Card is an easy money maker.
1:08:22 – Hilton cuts free breakfast and adds a daily food and beverage credit.
1:15:27 – United places their largest order ever!
1:18:45 – Southwest and American canceling lots of flights.
1:20:10 – Domestic travel is a mess!
1:26:55 – The Miles & Pints Theme Song!
Big Oyster Brewery – Delaware Dreamsicle IPA
RAR Brewing – Out of Order Series – You’re Killin’ Me, Smalls!
Solace Outpost – Beach Bod Watermelon Wit
Bilt Writeup in Travel On Points Facebook Group
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Point Debit Card – our referral link
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