Frequent first-class flyer offers upgrades to anyone who recognises him
A frequent first-class flyer who has made a career from blogging about travel deals is offering upgrades to people who recognise him.
Gilbert Ott promises that if you find him at a check-in counter, security lane, terminal, lounge or even boarding gate, he'll switch seats with you, provided you're on the same flight.
The 30-year-old American cites Richard Branson as his hero, which might explain the elaborate stunt to earn more readers.
Through his website, God Save The Points, Ott - who earned his first frequent flyer account at 12 - aims to deliver the best travel deals and information to as many people as possible.
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"I'm really proud of our new site and if the chance to make me sit in coach while simultaneously making someones day brings me a single new reader, I'm psyched about that," he says.
With flights already booked on airlines including British Airways, Qatar, Cathay Pacific and Etihad, Ott says you just have to approach him and say "Gilbert, God Save The Points. I want your seat", or "something like that…".
"I'll probably come to regret this, especially on one of the countless 10+ hour flights I have upcoming," he says.
GET AIR MILES WITHOUT ACTUALLY FLYING
Many people who aren't frequent fliers are put off by air miles because they think they have to spend a substantial amount of money on flying with the same airline before they can reap the benefits.
What most people don't know, however, is that there is a simple way to rack up air miles without even flying: by shopping with airline partners.
"For most people who are economy fliers, [flying] is the worst way to earn miles," Ott said, adding that with most airlines "you get less than a mile for every mile you fly."
Whereas, through airlines' shopping portals, users can often collect more points per pound or dollar they spend.
For example, you can earn Air New Zealand Airpoints by using your card at their retail partners, including New World, Z petrol station and Mitre 10.