Youngest Reader’s Success Story


We love, love, love the following reader success story. It comes from our youngest travel hacker and shows some great ingenuity. This 12-year-old is going places! And for nearly free! Here’s the story that his mom sent into us:

Colin’s Success Story

Our twelve-year-old son Colin, who coincidentally wants to be a United Airlines pilot, is now getting into travel hacking. He’s been running a successful business for the past several months where he procures hard-to-find gaming consoles for clients. Aside from buying PS5s and Xbox Xs, he loves traveling and really wants to go to London and Switzerland next summer. So I told him if he earned the money for his plane ticket, I’d take him to Europe.

Colin overheard that I signed up for the Chase United Explorer card and earned 70k bonus points, so he convinced his dad to open a Chase United Explorer card for his console purchases. Colin calculated that all he needed to do was buy 10-12 gaming consoles, and he’d automatically have a free RT ticket to Europe. And he’s done just that. Plus, he makes a $100+ profit on each console. Not bad for a twelve-year-old.


Found boy holding 2 boxes


Bottom Line

Way to go, Colin! I can’t tell you how impressed we were. It just goes to prove what we always say – anyone can do this! If you want to know more about travel hacking to one of Colin’s dream destinations, read my story here.


Snow covered mountains with green grass and blue water

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