My Award Booking Partner Steve
Many of you know that I offer an award booking service. It grew too big to handle on my own, and I was fortunate enough to be able to partner with one of the real veterans and gurus in the frequent flyer game, Steve Belkin (known in online forums as ‘beaubo’).
Steve is most famous for exploiting loopholes in frequent flyer programs like Aeroplan and United’s MileagePlus in a truly big way, scaling opportunities to earn millions instead of thousands of miles. And in that pursuit he has hired disable Thai rice farmers to fly in and out of the Golden Triangle area of Thailand, and New Zealand college students to fly to Europe for the summer.
His ‘Amazing Race for Regular People’
One of the really fun projects he’s had is called Competitours. Every summer, Steve disappears from work to run what the Chicago Tribune calls “The Amazing Race for Regular People.”
COMPETITOURS is a team travel competition, traversing a mystery itinerary of Western Europe and earning points by accomplishing a daily dose of surprise challenges in pursuit of a $7200 cash prize split between three teams.
Challenges are structured to test 7 – 10 pairs of teams’ creativity, resourcefulness and spontaneity (NOT speed or fitness – hah!). Here’s some of the challenges. Each day’s destination and challenges are revealed just a day or two before. Unlike the ‘Amazing Race’ TV show, Competitours steers clear of weird food, exhausting tasks and manufactured conflict and drama.
It’s a great project, reports are that the trips are great fun. I just lose Steve for those couple of weeks.
A Free Ticket for One Teammate If You Sign Up This Month!
My partner Steve is launching the 2016 version of Competitours, his European team travel competition featuring 11 days of mystery destinations, surprise hands on challenges and a grand prize pool of up to $6600. I sponsored a handful of teams last summer and the feedback that I received from those teams was astoundingly good.
Here was what one team blogged about Steve’s ‘Amazing Race for Regular People’. (Other past coverage here, here, here, and here.)
So, to kick off the holiday season, any team that registers and submits the deposit for the June 25 – July 5 trip between now and December 29 will get a complimentary economy airfare for one teammate.
Just put VFTW in the promo code section of registration page and Steve will know that I’m covering one of the tickets. (Note: it will either be a paid or an award ticket, depending on price and availability, so I won’t promise the ticket will be mileage-earning.)