WHAT IS FRUGAL FLYER?
We at Frugal Flyer are world travelers. We come from all walks of life the city of Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) has to offer. We are businessmen and bartenders, programmers and PhD’s, but above everything else: we’re frugal.
Our mission is to make the travel dreams of Canadians a reality by providing actionable guidance to help you earn and redeem the points needed to get off the tarmac.
Want to climb Kilimanjaro? We want to help you get there. Want a honeymoon in the next province that’s been delayed for fifteen years by work and children? We’re here to help. We are also about empowering you economically – about helping you manage and maintain your money to work for you.
Check out our mission statement to learn more about our values what we stand for.
WHO ARE THE FRUGAL FLYERS?
Reed got involved in the miles and points game after returning from his first Europe trip where he spent an exorbitant amount of money on travel, accommodation, and frivolous pleasures. He discovered the online churning and travel hacking communities, and quickly realized he could significantly reduce the first two costs.
From there, the science and art of earning and redeeming travel points became an addiction, and one which paired nicely with Reed’s other hobby: photography.
In 2019, Reed helped establish an offline community of travel aficionados in Edmonton (YEG), which continues to provide value and camaraderie. Now, through Frugal Flyer, Reed aims to distill some of the complex and esoteric points strategies into digestible information.
Hugh has been involved in the miles and points game since 2015 but has scaled up his knowledge and points-earning potential in recent years. In 2019, Hugh stepped things up when he met Reed in addition to a few other miles and points fanatics (err degenerate churners) and has since been able to capitalize on the various expertise that each member brings to the group.
Stop by the next YEG or western Canada meet-up and there is a chance you might see Hugh there.
Matt is a technophile and math nerd. He also dabbles in (mostly white hat) hacking in his spare time and is active in subreddits like r/netsec and BlackHatWorld.
He discovered travel hacking in 2015, and has been invaluable to the Frugal Flyer group in countless ways. His favorite points-powered trip to date was visiting Estonia, a founding member of the D5. Matt has promised to write an exciting tale about this trip for the blog.
Matt takes no shame in being far too frugal. In fact, he would probably go as far as calling himself cheap. Seriously, if there is a way to get something for free, particularly if it involves taking advantage of a company’s IT vulnerabilities (in a legal but perhaps morally questionable way), Matt will find it and execute.
Captain (Ret’d) Chester Chiswick Churnington, DSO, KBE, OT, 5th Earl Churnington
Lord C.C. Churnington has not been welcome in polite society since the 2015 Blenheim Palace incident with the iguana. The string of broken betrothals, underground duels, and funds acquired in less-than-gentlemanly manners being transferred to numbered accounts in the Cayman Islands also may have had something to do with it. Whilst his good name has been sullied, and his primary Swiss bank accounts frozen, his credit score has remained unscathed. He’s been using this asset to build a stable of – how may one put it? – creative miles & points strategies together so he doesn’t have to slum it in economy with the proles. He also happened to owe several of the writers of this blog
very large sums of money favours, which means he is honour-bound to at least share some of his past indiscretions with us for the betterment of our understanding of the travel game.