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:
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.
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.