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“Make Your Dream Trip a Reality”: Week 2 Recap (Earning Points & Miles)

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Every day for six weeks, we’re teaching people how to “Make Their Dream Trip a Reality.” You can watch each lesson for free on the day it’s broadcast, or you can purchase the whole course and have access anytime.

This was our second week with our in-studio audience and the thousands of people who participated online.

Everyone made lots of progress, and we’ll be back again after the weekend with much more. Here are a few photos of the studio:

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Goals for Week 2: “Make Your Plan”

For the four introductory lessons, we focused on helping people set a travel strategy and get prepared to earn a lot of miles and point (coming next week). Our goals were:

  • Earn miles while you sleep
  • Get big mileage bonuses
  • Maximize your credit cards for miles
  • Get on track to earning hundreds of thousands of miles

Almost everyone has a dream destination—somewhere they’d love to see, visit, or experience. Before we jump into helping people earn a ton of miles (that’s coming up!), we want to connect that process to an actual travel plan on the other side.

Our in-studio audience has been amazing. These ten people have traveled in (from Alaska, Canada, and elsewhere) to be part of the filming experience. Each of them identified a dream destination before we began filming, and we’re incorporating these goals into the lessons throughout the course.

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What’s Coming Next in Week 3

  • Use miles for valuable flights
  • Master awards charts
  • Sit in first class at the price of coach
  • Learn the airline secrets

Week III is all about helping people book their flights. We’ll show how to make simple and complicated award bookings, and teach you some tips that airlines don’t want you to know.

Speaking of that, don’t miss our special Black Hat session (Lesson 14), coming on Friday next week.

How to Participate

Watch every day for free.

A new lesson kicks off every weekday at 9am Pacific time. During that time, we’ll be engaging with viewers through social media—so if you can catch it when it first goes up, that’s best. If not, though, you can watch throughout the day during numerous rebroadcasts at the same link.

Join the Facebook group.

We’ve created an online community entirely for this course. Several people from the in-studio audience are actively contributing, and all of the guests we’ll be talking to throughout the course will be popping in as well. Come say hi!

Tweet us your questions and Daily Challenge answers.

Every lesson has a challenge as well as a fun giveaway. Over the course of the six weeks, we’re giving away Business Class Amenity Kits, lounge passes, signed books, other travel gear, and—every Monday—Frequent Flyer Miles. To be entered to win, all you need to is tweet us (@chrisguillebeau or @wanderingzito) with your answer using the #DreamTrip hashtag.

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Important: If you haven’t seen anything yet, it’s okay—you can still join in! Every weekend, we’ll be rebroadcasting the lessons from the previous week, (or you can purchase anytime access and view the entire course now). Tune in anytime on Saturday or Sunday and you can catch up on what you missed for free.
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See you next week!

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Images: Daniel

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