Thank you to those who commented on my idea last week to write a book on travel hacking. I only asked for some guidance on preferred subjects, but many people also wrote detailed comments and criticisms on the history of these books. I agree that the traditional travel hacking book can quickly become stale. If written, it would be important that it be updated frequently or cover such general topics that specific details are not necessarily.
Several people requested an e-book format so that they could search it for information and so I could include links. Don’t worry, I thought of that already. I would try to create a print version, as well, for those people (myself included) who don’t really like reading e-books.
One of the more interesting ideas was the suggestion of an online resource. Thank you for the inspiration. I have a few thoughts on how such a solution might work and how to provide such a resource that would work with a book rather than in place of one. My biggest problem is that I have more ideas than time or money to implement them, but I hope to have some news on this early next year.
Anyway, I did promise one person a copy of Chris Guillebeau’s “The $100 Startup” and $100 in Amazon gift cards. The winner of that giveaway is Hao T., who has already been contacted. Hao would like me to include a chapter on Manufactured Spending, but that was only the second most popular selection. Here’s the distribution in case you were wondering:
31% — Redeeming points/miles for air travel
8% — Redeeming points/miles for hotels
20% — Earning points/miles through travel
25% — Manufactured spend
7% — Credit card sign-up bonuses
8% — Elite status (How, why, and which ones?)