"The best deal we managed was our trip from Japan to the Middle East," he said.
When he booked his flight, he was able to get that flight for 30,000 miles. (It has since gone up.)
But instead of taking a direct flight, he booked a series of flights that let them stop in Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Qatar, Moscat, Abu Dhabi, before arriving in Aman, Jordon, all in business class. And when certain flights didn't offer business class, he was upgraded to first class, which came with airport perks he used to get free food, wine and a place to sleep on one of the layovers.
Travel hacking requires an extreme attention to detail, a pristine credit rating, and the ability to pay off your credit cards every month.
"If you don't pay your credit cards every month in full, this is not for you," said the Mad Fientist. "You will be charged way too much in interest to compensate for the miles you are getting. Anyone with debt should not be doing this. If you have debt, you should focus first on paying that off."