The Frugal Flyer Course: Premier

A simple system to eliminate the cost of flights from your U.S. travel budget, so you can travel more and be happier!

From Go to Travel Gal, who has been featured On...


Learn how my family of four has flown almost entirely free since fall of 2015

Do you love to travel, but don't have the funds to do it as much as you'd like? Are you a collector of miles and points, but want a simple, proven strategy for leveraging them to the fullest? Are you new to miles and points and looking for a step-by-step guide to get started?

That's why I created The Frugal Flyer ... to show you how incredibly easy it is to completely eliminate the cost of U.S. flights from your travel budget.

It sounds too good to be true.

I thought that, too. And so did my husband.

But when I earned our first Southwest Companion Pass, together with more than 110,000 Southwest points in 2015 and my family began traveling 6 or 7 times a year by plane instead of once a year by car, everyone was hooked! We flew EIGHT free flights in summer 2017 alone!!

We've continued that trend, flying almost entirely free around the U.S. since then and even expanding our free travel abroad as well. I'm about to share all the secrets, everything I've learned in the last two years, step by step, so you don't have to go through the time and effort that I did, cobbling together a bunch of posts online to try and find the information you need.

And, the good news, is, I've made it incredibly easy for you!

Just stick with me.

In The Frugal Flyer, I will show you how to delete airfares from your budget. Poof! Gone!

The Frugal Flyer Premier course will:

  • Outline easy-to-follow systems ideal for newbies or advanced travel hackers who are tired of the complicated, time-consuming, over-detailed techniques out there
  • Offer only the simplest techniques and utilize the 80/20 rule, using the 20% of techniques that net the most possible FREE airfare
  • Focus on flying free around the U.S. in economy class; this is NOT for you if you want to fly first-class in a fancy foreign airplane with beds and a shower. THAT takes time, a lot math :) and works best for singles.
  • Teach you to stretch your miles as far as possible for the maximum number of flights
  • Show you how to maintain excellent credit throughout the process
  • Allow you to travel 6-10X more and as a result, lead a more fulfulling life

Now, doesn't that sound good?

Follow along with me and you can say bye-bye to expensive -- or flat out ANY -- airfare and start planning trips where the cost of flights are no longer a factor.

Where will you go?

Since fall of 2015, my family of 4 has traveled to Orlando, the Rocky Mountains (twice), Las Vegas, Southern Utah, Disneyland, San Diego (twice), Naples and Marco Island, Florida, New York City, San Francisco and Carmel, California, and the Cayman Islands. And ... Ireland, Italy and France, but we'll save that for a different course...

It's a great life ... and I want to show you how to have it, too!

Many of you have already downloaded my free ebook on how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass. You'll find lots of information about the Companion Pass in the course, but in a different format, including videos, case studies, sample plans and some helpful tools I've created to make the process even easier!

Here's what you can expect in the Premier Level of the Frugal Flyer course:

  • Video lectures
  • Case studies of how others have successfully used miles for free flights
  • Step-by-step plans for free flights to popular destinations like Orlando, Hawaii and Las Vegas
  • Tools and checklists for managing points, credit cards and bookings
  • Sections on major US airlines, including: Southwest, Delta, United and American
  • Information on flexible travel programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest
  • Bonus material like how to make more time to travel and keeping your credit excellent throughout the process
  • Private, one-on-one consultation with Lyn, aka Go to Travel Gal, to ask all your questions and put together a strategy for your needs.
  • Answers to all your questions posted throughout the course or sent via email to me!

"I just found your blog today. I can't read it fast enough. Thanks so much for the ebook on Southwest miles the Companion Pass. It's well done and perfect for a point/miles newbie like me. I now have a plan for getting miles/points & the Companion Pass."

--Chris S., Go to Travel Gal reader

Meet Go to Travel Gal


Lyn Mettler, aka Go to Travel Gal, is a travel writer and blogger who discovered the power of miles and points to significantly reduce the cost of travel, so she and her family of four could go on adventures around the world. A longtime couponer, she put the same strategies to work for travel, no longer netting free boxes of cereal but free trips!

Her family has flown almost entirely free since fall 2015 and visited six US destinations within a year for less than $100 per flight. She is passionate about showing as many people as possible how to do the same so they can increase their ability to travel and live a more fulfilling life.

She writes about travel for, US News & World Report, USA Today's, Million Mile Secrets and others and has been quoted in Travel + Leisure, Entreprenuer, the Wall Street Journal and SmartMoney. FoxNews has featured her family's success in traveling almost entirely free on Southwest.

"I am a first-time Southwest Companion Pass earner thanks, in large part, to your blog and the step-by-step guide you published. We are looking forward to several trips that we would not have been able to take without the Companion Pass. Thanks for your helpful blog!”

--Andy M., Go to Travel Gal reader

Course Curriculum

"I wanted to thank you for your blog and for your Southwest Companion Pass e-book. It helped my family to get the Companion Pass and begin flying free on Southwest. I love reading your blog updates that come into my inbox."

--Melissa H., Go to Travel Gal reader


Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take the course?
The Frugal Flyer course is ideal for anyone who wants to travel more, but doesn’t have the time to devote to research the in’s and out’s of airline loyalty programs. The course is great for families who want to take their kids around the country, retirees and empty nesters who want to get and out and explore, or young singles who are on a tight budget but have a strong case of wanderlust.
What will I learn?
In the Frugal Flyer course, I show you the simplest techniques that result in the most options for eliminating U.S. airfare. You will learn how to fly free on your favorite major U.S. airline, including Southwest, American, United and Delta. You’ll read case studies of how others have done it, get step-by-step plans for free flights to top destinations like Hawaii, Las Vegas and Orlando, and get access to handy checklists and tools to make tracking bookings and credit card sign-ups as easy as possible. The Frugal Flyer course WILL NOT focus on flying simply to earn miles and points, how to fly in first class lie back seats to exotic destinations, or luxury lounges. These are more complicated topics that require more time and effort. This course will instead focus on the simplest methods that quickly -- and easily -- result in nearly free flights within the U.S. only. The Frugal Flyer course WILL NOT focus on flying simply to earn miles and points, how to fly in first class lie back seats to exotic destinations, or luxury lounges. These are more complicated topics that require more time and effort. This course will instead focus on the simplest methods that quickly -- and easily -- result in nearly free flights within the U.S. only.
Will the course cover more than Southwest?
Yes! While I am clearly a HUGE fan of Southwest -- and it’s a great airline that makes it easy to use points to pay for airfare -- this course covers a lot more. I explain how to eliminate the cost of flights on all major U.S. airlines, and also include information on flexible travel programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, which can be transferred to lots of different airlines.
I’ve read your ebook on how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, do I need to take the course?
The Southwest Companion Pass is ONE way to earn points and fly a companion free with you. This course WILL explain the Companion Pass but in new formats -- like video and case studies and step-by-step plans -- and include handy tools and checklists to help you track your Companion Pass points and bookings, and manage your credit card applications and accounts. Getting the Southwest Companion Pass just got even simpler :). The course will also go far beyond the Southwest Companion Pass and Southwest Airlines. Eventually, your Companion Pass will run out, as will your Southwest points, and this course will show you how to continue to fly free by flying different airlines, earning Southwest points in new ways and provide strategies for ensuring you hold the Companion Pass every year. The Southwest Companion Pass ebook is a great resource and perfect starting point, but this course will put it on steroids!
How much time will it take?
I’ve designed the course to take you no more than 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week for roughly a month. I’ve designed it to be read or watched over a lunch hour or perhaps in the evening after the kids go to bed. I do not want to overwhelm you with information. Of course, you can go at your own pace -- there’s no hurry! -- or read only the parts that you need at the time. And you will have always access to the content, so you can return and review at any point. Or even stop if life gets in the way and come back later!
How long can I access the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. Even if I no longer use Teachable, this course will remain here online published for students to access as long as Teachable exists! As the course is updated and new bonuses and tools are added, you will be able to view them at no additional cost and I've added a lot since I created the course :).
Do I need to be tech-savvy to take the course?
No! All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. I chose Teachable as my course delivery platform because it is so user-friendly and simple to use. If you can click play on a video and can download a file, you should be set!
How long do I have to purchase the course?
You can enroll in the course through May 24, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. At that time, I will close the course until 2019. This allows me to manage all my enrollees (and private consultations!) and make sure the course is completely updated with the latest airline and credit card information before I open it again.
Is there a money-back guarantee?
Yes! If you are unhappy with the course content for any reason, I will refund your money if you let me know within 30 days of signing up for the course. I don’t want you to pay if you don’t find it valuable!
Is there a payment plan?
Because I have reduced the price as low as I can for something with SO much valuable content that I spent months creating, I am not offering a payment plan. This is as low as I can go, folks!

"My husband and I have a small business and finally decided to take the leap and try and score some Southwest credit card points to do something fun rather than earn points for overpriced/over-points 'stuff.' I have been following your blog and just wanted to say thanks for all the great information that you put out. It really helped with our decision."

-- Julie N., Go to Travel Gal reader

Not Sure If This Course Is For You?

The Frugal Flyer: How to Eliminate the Cost of US Flights From Your Travel Budget is ideal for you if:

  • You love to travel and want to do more of it but don't have the funds!
  • You are retired (or close to retiring) and wondering how to best utilize your budget for maximum travel
  • You are ready to dip your toes into miles and points, but are confused or don't have time to do all the research required
  • You are savvy to miles and points, but would love a proven, step-by-step path for flying free on major U.S. airlines
  • You want to be sure you don't harm your credit when using cards to accumulate miles and points
  • You want to show your kids the world!
  • You want to use miles and points, but don't want it to become your full-time, or even part-time, job!
  • You're ready to leverage your couponing skills to net free travel for you and your loved ones

Get started now!