In the immediate future of you, the fledgeling travel hacker, you will be signing up for all of the frequent-flier programs. All of them. Yes, I’m serious. (Yes, the next post will, in fact, be a list of them.)
This will, by it’s very nature, be a pain in the ass. No one likes filling out forms, keeping track of large quantities of difficult to remember information, or making up a zillion usernames and passwords. All of those things suck.
What the hell? You ask. Do you want me to get discouraged and give up?
Hell no! I answer. I’m just winding you up so I can tell you that you can avoid most of that crap and be more secure and less annoyed on the internet than ever before.
The answer, is a site called LastPass.
LastPass is a secure, web-based password manager and form filler. Once configured, LastPass can fill milage program forms with your personal information, so you don’t have to re-type it roughly one million times, save your usernames and passwords for each program once you have created them. Usefully, with it’s secure notes feature, you can also store all of your frequent flier numbers in a single secure document.
But why a tool like this and not just a document on my PC? You ask. What are you, a walking advert?
That, I answer, is the best part. LastPass is cloud-based and multi-platform. You can get your information when and wherever—even your smartphone with the crazy-cheap premium service; and you won’t lose it in a computer crash.