What is Two if by Air? Part 2
First of all, if you're a fan of our blog, a big thanks. We're still in the early stages of getting this thing off the ground, and while we wanted to wait to go live until we had lots of content to share, we didn't want to sit idly by and not be publishing, because hey, we're New Yorkers, and we've got a lot of things to say.
When we sat down to start this blog, we spent a lot of time talking about all the places we wanted to go (Mike: Ulaan Batar, Jonathan: Door to Hell), and a non-insignificant amount establishing what it is Two if by Air represents.
One thing we want to establish straightaway is that we aren't going to be your source for airline deals, credit card maximization strategies, or the best milage redemptions. For each and every one of these subjects there is a real expert out there, be it the folks over at The Points Guy, Frugal Travel Guy, The Flight Deal, or Renes Points. These are the people we read every day, these are the folks we look to for advice, and while we may have some differing opinions, we're never going to be better then them at their bread and butter, and, more importantly, we're only going to add more noise to the conversation. Sure, we'll tweet a good deal if we see one, but don't follow us for that purpose, or you'll be sorely disappointed.
So if not any of these, then what? Consider this the second in an undefined series on the mission and beliefs of Two if by Air.
The Primary Principle of Two if by Air: All Travel is Relative.
When we talked about forming the blog, the one thing we both agreed on is that we aren't here to provide a bulletin board to memorialize our own opinions that we could genuflect on for years to come. We're not here to identify universal truths, or tell you the best way to use your miles. Why? Because if there's one thing we value above all else, it's the idea that there is no lowest common denominator in travel, no universal base point to make comparisons from.
A "great redemption" is only great insofar as it's somewhere you want to go. Sure, you could redeem miles at 3.1 cents for a RT ticket to Singapore, but what if Singapore means nothing to you, and you've always wanted to go to Thessaloniki instead? Should you not go because it's a 2.2 cent redemption value instead? Absolutely not, and you shouldn't be made to feel like you did something wrong because of that. We all seem to value building the credit card strategy or butt-in-seat strategy that "works for you," but sometimes forget that the destination matters for some folks as much as the ride.
For instance, one thing that drove us mad in 2015 was Sam Huang's story about his "round-the-world" Emirates ticket for $300. From what we've been able to tell, it seems like Eddie had the trip of a lifetime, but didn't really spend much time in any city, instead he was "in transit" in a destination or three, but really just along for the ride. As quasi-insiders, we love this. We're both single, have no attachment to our homes, and love spending time in airports and on planes. However, when it comes to spreading the gospel of this game, we think it unfortunate when stories like these make headlines, as they're both inaccurate and inaccessible to those new to this arena by the time they hit the mainstream. Eddie didn't get there overnight, and while it's an aspirational goal for sure (hey, we're jealous!), it's not exactly a nice (or affordable) vacation to Sydney, which is what many are in the market for.
So, if you're joining us here, expect to get our take, and our take alone, on what it is that makes this game, and travel, so much fun. We'll review our experiences, interview each other on travel, share some of our tips, and see how things evolve from there.
We'll never say there's a right way, but we'll tell you our way.