Welcome to ThePointSoldier. My name is Deniz Wesley and I will be showing you ways to make the most of your military benefits when traveling and how to travel for free, or nearly free, using points and miles. Please note that this site is based on my experiences only and is not affiliated with any branch of the U.S. military, or other government agency.
First, my background. I am currently serving in the Army and have been for just over 10 years now. I’ve been stationed anywhere from Kentucky to Germany and deployed a total of three times so far. My job is to fix helicopters and I have a passion for anything travel related. I am also in a long distance relationship and anyone that has ever been in one can attest that this also involves quite a bit of travel and can hit your pocketbook severely. Me and Tina try to split all that long distance travel up as evenly as we can, but either way, it’s not cheap. Just over a year ago I began looking for ways to ease the financial burden, both for me, as well as for Tina (who lives in Germany). Luckily, I’ve always been generally financially responsible. My credit score was good, which was also a plus. All that was left was to learn how to make points and miles work for me, combine them with the benefits we receive as military personnel, and how to maximize them. Since then, I’ve saved thousands of dollars, accrued hundreds of thousands of points and miles and enjoyed endless perks along the way. I’d like to share this with you.
If you are new to using points and miles, please read ThePointSoldier Beginner’s Guide and follow it closely. Even if you decide this isn’t something for you, the majority of the guidance you’ll find inside is universally applicable to financial responsibility.
Thank you, and I hope you’ll enjoy my blog.