This is the first announcement about an all-new project I’ll be unveiling to the world in early January. The project is called the Travel Hacking Cartel, and it will be the world’s greatest alert service for anyone who wants to experience the world on a budget.
My genius design and development team (Reese, Nicky, and Libby the cat) have been working virtually with me as I’ve been hopping from state to state every day over the past three months. (They have also been very patient with me, as my main focus these days is wrapping up the Unconventional Book Tour—sorry for all the email lag, Reese & Nicky!)
Rather than tell you everything about the project now, I thought I’d share two stories from readers who have been enjoying their own travel hacking success. The first is from Nathan Agin:
I’ve been following AONC for over a year. After reading what Chris has to say about travel hacking, I decided “I’m never paying to travel again” – because it’s just too easy NOT to! After never entering into this lifestyle before, I took Chris’s advice and within 2 months, I had 60,000 points – all without spending a dime of my own money, just my time (and man, was it worth it)!
I recently sold everything I owned, and “bought” a one-way ticket to Hawaii for only $5 (thanks to the points I acquired). I’m now living a life that I thought I would only ever dream about.
I got a chance to meet Nathan last week in Honolulu. He took another flight to come over to Oahu from the Big Island… and this time, the flight cost $2.50, as in “two dollars and fifty cents.” He should be a charter member of the cartel!
You can read a recent update from Nathan here. (A video interview with bad lighting and one non-conformist author in Hawaii is included at no extra charge.)
And here’s another story from Steve Kamb:
I purchased Frequent Flyer Master last fall, and racked up over 300,000 airline miles without any flying or spending any extra money. It sounded too good to be true, but it was absolutely worth it. This year I’m headed to Australia and New Zealand with the miles, Business Class.
You can read a recent update about this trip from Steve here.
I hear stories like these all the time—usually every single day. It’s been fun to help people earn tends of millions of Frequent Flyer Miles (literally) and redeem them for fun trips. With the Cartel launch in January, we’ll do this on a much broader basis for thousands of people all over the world.
I don’t want to hype this project too much yet—we still have almost a month to go—but since you’re reading AONC, I wanted you to be aware of it as we go into the holidays. We’ll be starting with a special “pre-boarding” launch in January for those who are especially eager.
Before then, I’ll be heading out on my Annual Review trip, where I spend an entire week reflecting on the previous year and making plans for 2011. As part of the review, I’ll be making a plan for most of my upcoming overseas travel. I encourage you to think ahead to next year as well—even if you don’t care about the Cartel, is there somewhere in the world you’d like to go? What’s stopping you?
Think about that question, and we’ll be looking at it more before the launch of this project in January.
Very Easy, Three-Question Travel Hacking Survey
Every single resource I’ve created for AONC and UnconventionalGuides.com has been improved with the input from our community. If you’re interested in travel and would like to help me create the Travel Hacking Cartel, I have a very easy, three-question survey. You can answer the survey below:
(We’re taking the first 2,500 responses. If it’s closed when you get there, sorry!)
Thanks as always for reading, and have a great week wherever you are. Over the next 7 days I’ll be coming to the end of visiting all 50 states to meet readers. I hope to see many of you in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Seattle, and Portland.