Richard Kerr

Richard Kerr

A simple internet search for cheap airfare led Richard to chasing the proverbial white rabbit down the hole towards points and miles. Richard’s passion is exploring the inner workings of loyalty programs in order to provide readers the best strategies for maximizing their loyalty account balances. Richard has traveled to over 40 countries and has lived in the UK and Japan. His wife, Emily, and son, Thomas, are his favorite travel companions. Thomas has visited six countries and taken over 20 flights at the ripe old age of one. Richard graduated The Georgia College in 2007 with a BBA in International Business followed by Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI where he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. He served as the Supply Officer of the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) from 2010-2013 followed by a three year your in Japan as a Material Control Officer responsible for supporting maintenance on Navy and Marine Corps aircraft outside of the US. Richard is currently a lieutenant working in the Washington D.C. area inside the Navy aviation community. Contact Richard via email at travelhacking101@gmail.com or keep up with him on Twitter and Instagram (@thepointsjock). “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” – Mark Twain


Traveling Dad Hosts 100 Points and Miles Enthusiasts in Washington DC

Nearly 100 loyalty points and miles enthusiasts gathered recently at The American Tap Room in Clarendon just west of Washington DC for an evening of networking and discussion on the latest tips and strategies to utilize credit card, airline, and hotel points and miles. Members of the Travel Hacking 101 Facebook Group came together for the second in a series of regional meet ups offering group members a chance to ditch the computer and meet in person. Traveling Dad hosted the evening in order to boost awareness about the ability of families to travel for steep discounts utilizing loyalty programs....

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When a Travel Pro Fails Miserably

There are certainly more travel savvy folks than I, but I do like to consider myself on the very experienced side of the spectrum. I’ve lived on three continents, visited close to 40 countries, and faced about every situation possible when it comes to the logistics of getting from point A to B. Today, I’ll share how after even all of that travel, there are times when I fail miserably. The Late Show Last year I was visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for business and was very proud I had located and booked the Le Meridien hotel which sits directly...

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How to Drive Long Distances With A 1-Year-Old

This past February my wife and I moved back to the States from Japan. Our new home would be in the Washington, D.C. area, but we first needed to make the family rounds through Georgia. We had arranged to buy a car in the South. Thus, a long distance road trip from Georgia to D.C. with our toddler was staring us in the face. Here’s what I learned on that trip. Entertain Your Kid This really starts long before you get in the car. By the time you begin packing for the drive, make sure you have the things you know...

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How to Survive a Long Flight with a Baby

My wife and I had the great fortune of living in Japan from 2013-2016, and the even greater fortune to have a (surprise!) baby boy born there in 2014. While my greatest concern was to have a happy and healthy family, because we lived in Japan, the thought of long haul flights back home with a baby crept constantly into the back of my mind. Through trial and error, sometimes disastrous error, we have figured out how to prepare for and successfully execute long haul flights with our son. Today, I’ll share my top tips and tricks you can...

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Top 5 Family Credit Cards to Earn Free Travel

It’s difficult to go through the day without being bombarded by more advertisements than we ever thought possible. And when it comes to the credit card world, these advertisements all seem to promise us something for nothing. While I do believe in the age old economics adage “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” there are credit cards that have provided my family with tremendous rewards. These rewards have allowed us to travel the world, twice in first class, for almost free. Here now, my current top five credit cards that might help your family earn free travel. Chase Sapphire Preferred...

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