May 3, 2013

Miles and beyond

Presne za mesic odletam na svuj posledni (treti) Work&Travel USA program! Zpatky do San Franciska, zpatky do Tiburonu, zpatky Kalifornie. Protoze se nejakou dobu uz poohlizim po zajimavych letenkach a kombinacich prisla jsem k velice zajimavemu clanku, ktery me dohnal k tomuto premysleni 'nahlas':
I’ve spoken up in the past about how I define travel hacking, and it got me thinking about the approaches other people take to saving money on travel. What I found surprised me: some people use miles and points for free travel, some use them with cash to make luxury travel more affordable, and some don’t use miles at all. This interview series was intentionally left open-ended to allow people to share what’s really on their minds. ~Scottrick
Konkretni otazka? Sbirate mile za nalitane lety? Napadlo Vas je nekdy sbirat?

Ve Spojenych statech americkych je to fenomen. Vsadim se, ze i jinde na svete, ale USA maji nejvice civilnich letist na uzemi jednoho statu, takze referuji o nich. Lidi maji pomalu nekonecne moznosti sbirat letecke mile nejenom za uskutecnene lety, ale treba i za kazdodenni utraty v samoobsluze nebo za donaskovou sluzbu, atp. Pri mem male pruzkumu jsem se dopidila jedine banky pusobici v CR, ktera by nabizela neco podobneho (nebudu delat reklamu - kdo ma zajem necht pohleda ;-) v kooperaci s CSA. Vyustenim tohoto mi vznika dalsi otazka: Kdyz sbirame jsme pysni, mame byt na co pysni s CSA, aby se nam to oplatilo? Ja sama 'sbiram' v ramci mych moznosti jen za uskutecnene lety a sem tam za nejaky nocleh v ramci prave miloveho klubu jedna americke spolecnosti, protoze si myslim, ze u nas se to nevyplati. Ac mnohem mnohem mensi zeme nez-li USA bychom stejne vyhody a benefity urcite uzivili. Problem je v tom, ze u nas sice lide zacali letat opravdu dost a poznavat nove kouty sveta, ale spise jednou za uhersky rok a tim padem na ne pada cast citace nahore: 'and some don't use miles at all'. Byt toto normalni pristup v USA, tak si poklepou na celo a mysli si, ze jste blazni, protoze tak prichazite o mnoho vyhod a cestovani za hubicku. 

Proto se priste az budete bookovat letenku pred tim nez ji odkliknete zkuste zamyslet nad tim co patri do pole FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM NUMBER ;-) Nejaky jiny nazor?

Exactly in a month I'm going to start my last (third) Work&Travel USA program! Back to San Francisco, back to Tiburon, back to California. Because I've been looking a few weeks around for a suitable flight ticket I've bumped into a very interesting article which ended up in this 'post':
I’ve spoken up in the past about how I define travel hacking, and it got me thinking about the approaches other people take to saving money on travel. What I found surprised me: some people use miles and points for free travel, some use them with cash to make luxury travel more affordable, and some don’t use miles at all. This interview series was intentionally left open-ended to allow people to share what’s really on their minds. ~Scottrick
My question? Are you collecting miles? Did you ever thought about collecting them?

In the United states of America it's a phenomenon. I bet that there are also other parts of the world with the same gear for miles, but I'm going to stick with the USA as they have the most airports in the world. The US citizens have almost endless opportunities how to earn miles. Not only for flying, but also for buying groceries or spending money in a restaurant, etc. After a small research of mine I found out that in the Czech Republic there is exactly one bank that offers such a loyalty program (I'm not going to advertise them - if you are interested Google them ;-) in association with CSA. Which lead to the question: When we are collecting we are proud, so is there anything to be proud of at CSA? I'm earning and collecting miles by flying or sometimes for my hotel stays, that's all, with and american loyalty club. I'm doing it this way because I believe that it's not worth it to collect miles in the Czech Republic. Even we are much much more smaller than the US we still could make a good use of all those benfits and pros gaining from earning miles. The problem is that many Czech started to travel and being active in this way but they are going on their adventures only for a few times. So with this they belong to the category: 'and some don't use miles at all'. Using this in the USA would cause laughter why are you wasting so many good and almost free things.

Therefore next time before booking a flight try to figure out what belongs into the FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM NUMBER fiels ;-) Any other thoughts?

The streets of Santa Barbara, CA

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