Going Places is a new series from TripIt that frequently highlights travelers to showcase their unique travel style and interior tips.
Before the COVID-19 epidemic, you can find Julia Menez, the founder of Point-and-Mile Strategy Podcast and Consultant, Geobridge, country-hopping around Europe or Asia. He often makes four or more international trips a year; Usually the economy flies — and always points and miles. His go-to mode for country-hopping? Cruise. His favorite stop? Tallinn, Estonia
“I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones,” Julia told me. “And Upper Valerian has its roots in Estonian, so I was naturally attracted to the place. Tallinn was so charming. I recommend it to everyone!”
Fast forward to 2022, and the journey looks a bit different for Julia.
“Now, I travel a lot more domestically – and probably twice a year internationally. When I prefer for business or first class. It’s less trips, but a nice experience – and net out in terms of the same price,” he said.
Due to the need for a border crossing due to the Covid-19, he is also planning trips that involve less detours and more.
Points and Miles একটি a game where everyone wins
When she’s not traveling, Julia runs her podcast where she interviews point strategists about how they travel for free. He’s also a point strategy instructor, helping people improve their point-and-mile game parity.
Of course, he is always looking to use his own points and miles.
“I keep a bucket list of the sweet spots of the award-tour, and then keep an eye on the availability of good rewards,” he said. “When it comes to booking, I always carry an available prize – be it a flight or a hotel – and then I make the rest of my itinerary from there.”
So what’s on the bucket list of his prize-travel destinations? “To begin with, Greece! I was fascinated by Greek mythology at a young age. Visiting was my dream, but going is always so expensive when you’re paying cash. I hope to go this year using points and miles.”
Stay organized — from planning to loyalty status
When it comes to planning a trip, Julia and her husband share tasks. He manages their flight and accommodation arrangements, including points and miles; He manages the on-the-ground narrative.
But when it comes to organizing their travel plans, Julia relies on TripIt.
“I use TripIt to keep all my confirmation numbers in one place. I don’t have to dig through my emails, especially when I’m checking in on a flight. I also use it to make sure I book the correct hotel dates When you’re late, the last thing you want to think about is, have I booked a room tonight? ”
As she travels, Julia uses TripIt’s airport map to navigate the terminal and find out which lounge is nearby. He also tested the COVID-19 travel guide features to find out what to expect from the entry requirements of different countries.
And when she returns home, Julia uses TripIt to guess when she will gain loyalty program status. “Both the Point Tracker feature and the way Tripit organizes the itinerary are really helpful in keeping track of when I get status each year.”
With more luxurious travel experience on the horizon — and many more countries to claim on its scratch-off world map — you’ll probably see Julia দেখ looking at an airport lounge, helping someone book their own dream trip with points and miles (check) Get her out on Instagram for tips!), Or a bit of both.