I love to talk about miles and points with anyone who will listen, and have been cited as a travel expert in various publications.

I am available for interviews and appearances, and am happy to speak on:

  • Airline industry and aviation news
  • Travel
  • Frequent flyer programs
  • Redeeming miles and awards
  • Best travel credit cards

Media Appearances:

A partial list of my media appearances and interviews are included below for your reference.

August 14, 2018The New York TimesFlying With Dietary Restrictions? Increasingly, That’s Not a Problem
July 26, 2018SFGateDate set for big Marriott-Starwood-Ritz program merger
June 26, 2018TimeHow Early Should You Get to the Airport? Here's What Travel Experts Say
May 30, 2018IndependentParis-Saint Pierre Flight: This Route You've Never Heard Of Just Sold Out
May 28, 2018Business Insider8 reasons why first-class airfare is so expensive
May 22, 2018The TelegraphThe death of business class? The rise and rise of premium economy
January 22, 2018South China Morning PostLounge users in line for upgraded service at Hong Kong airport as Cathay Pacific changes manager
December 20, 2017ViceAirlines Are Bumping Fewer People Than Ever
December 18, 2017Travel + LeisureThe 10 Best Places to Spend the Holidays, According to Travel Experts
November 19, 2017South China Morning PostFrom mattresses to dining on demand, Cathay Pacific joins airline race to up business-class perks
November 13, 2017lifehackerThese Credit Cards Give You Free Airport Lounge Access
May 22, 2017The New York TimesDrink Up, Business Travelers. The Minibar Is on the Way Out.
April 18, 2017The Irish TimesWillie Walsh happy with response to budget carrier Level
April 14, 2017The Associated PressDelta OKs offers of up to $9,950 to flyers who give up seats
April 6, 2017CNNSocial airline concepts make flying more fun
March 27, 2017IndependntLeggingsgate: United Airlines retreats from its dress-code altercation amid calls for more tolerance over inflight clothing
March 27, 2017The Today ShowUnited bars 2 girls from flight for wearing leggings, spurring outrage
February 23, 2017The EconomistAre airlines’ new “last class” fares just a bait-and-switch?
February 22, 2017BloombergHow to Survive the Longest Flight in the World
December 28, 2016The Daily MailWhat IS the etiquette for talking to strangers on public transport? A psychologist reveals all
December 28, 2016U.S. News & World ReportHow to Leverage Travel Rewards in 2017
December 19, 2016GothamistHow To Pack Like A Pro For Your Holiday Trip
September 22, 2016BloombergHow Chase Made the Perfect High for Credit Card Junkies
September 12, 2016The New York TimesValue-Seekers Warm to a $450 Annual Credit Card Fee
September 1, 2016Money MagazineHow to Score Free Flights Now
August 16, 2016U.S. News & World Report5 Loyalty Program Trends to Watch
August 10, 2016BloombergJoin the Mile-High Club -- of Exclusive Airline Pajamas
August 8, 2016Money MagazineThe Official Money Guide to Becoming a Snob on a Budget
August 3, 2016CNBCSaving reward points and miles isn't a sound money strategy
July 8, 2016CardRates.comHow Credit Cards Can Upgrade Your Travel: Ben Schlappig Shares his Tricks for Flying 400,000 Miles a Year
June 23, 2016Financial TimesAir miles — fly at the front for a fraction of the cost
June 10, 2016Vancouver SunUnfriendly skies: Battle for YVR-Istanbul flight shows Ottawa's role in limiting airline connections
June 7, 2016Fox NewsAmerican Airlines will reward fliers based on dollars, not miles
April 4, 2016InvestopediaTop 5 Differences Between Business and First Class
February 29, 2016Condé Nast TravelerWhy In-Flight Pajamas Still Matter
January 13, 2016Travel + LeisureThe Best Trips I've Paid For With Travel Rewards Points
January 7, 2016U.S. News & World ReportWhat Changes to Loyalty Programs in 2016 Will Mean for Travelers
December 25, 2015Business InsiderThis 'homeless' guy flies first class for free and says anyone could do it -- here's how
December 24, 2015Fox NewsAre airline rewards programs still worth the effort?
December 23, 2015HuffPost LiveAre Loyalty Points No Longer Worth It?
December 23, 2015GothamistWhat Do You Pack For A Holiday Trip?
December 19, 2015Boom BustWhy travel service Skiplagged is surging in popularity
December 13, 2015South China Morning PostBlogger shows how to make frequent flyer programmes pay
December 6, 2015LA TimesFrequent fliers, consider: Is airline elite status worth the trouble?
December 1, 2015CNNMeet the 'homeless man' who flies the world first class
November 29, 2015BBC NewsWhy do so many people hate US airports?
November 17, 2015Star-TelegramAmerican Airlines announces changes to its frequent flier program
November 14, 2015Boom BustThe Latest In The Travel Industry
November 11, 2015Independent TravelerScoring Free Travel: A Q&A with Ben Schlappig
September 17, 2015Esquire5 Travel Apps (and 1 Blog) That Make Trip Planning Painless
September 15, 2015Radio New ZealandFrequent Flyer - Ben Schlappig
August 26, 2015Made ManSpan the Globe! Expert Ben Schlappig’s 4 Amazing Travel Hacks
August 7, 2015CNBCHow a frequent flyer maximizes rewards programs
August 7, 2015The Global Travel Conspiracy with Gary Arndt400,000 Miles A Year
August 6, 2015Australian Broadcasting CorporationBen Schlappig, travel hacker on RN Drive
August 4, 2015NY PostHow one man flew 5M miles (almost) for free
August 4, 2015U.S. News & World ReportRewards 101: A Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles
August 3, 2015Fox NewsWhy aren't airfares dropping as quickly as fuel prices?
August 2, 2015BBC World Service RadioAirmiles addict who flies all the time
July 29, 2015The Tommy Schnurmacher ShowHow to travel for next to nothing
July 29, 2015CNNFlying the globe at a fraction of the cost
July 27, 2015NightlineThis Travel Hacker Flies Around the World for Almost Nothing
July 24, 2015Sunrise AustraliaHow frequent flyer Ben Schlappig travels the world without paying a thing!
July 23, 2015Sunrise AustraliaFrequent flyer outsmarts airlines
July 3, 2015SkiftTravel Brands Need to Rethink Their Influencer Relationships
July 2, 2015Fox NewsJustice Department demands answers from airlines
June 25, 2015CNN Business TravelerThey'll book longer flights for a better wine list. Meet the oeno-fliers
June 23, 2015Huffington PostTravel Blogger Explains Why He Refuses To Eat Complimentary Airline Meals
June 19, 2015HuffPost LiveHow Dirty Is The Food You Eat On Airplanes?
June 5, 2015Discovery ChannelXray Mega Airport
June 4, 2015RTBoom Bust Travel Edition
May 25, 2015Fox NewsThe rules for packed planes
May 22, 2015FoxNews.comFree First Class Airplane Seats and Hotel Suites - Luxury Travel Secrets from the World of Frequent Travelers
April 22, 2015Fox NewsDo Jumbo Jets Face Extinction?
March 19, 2015International Business Times How Persian Gulf Airlines Are Wooing American Travelers
March 18, 2015Travel + LeisureTrip Doctor: How to Use Miles to Get a Seat Upgrade
February 2, 2015LA TimesAvoiding fees and surcharges on airlines' frequent-flier award tickets
January 27, 2015CNNWhy earning frequent flier miles is about to get a lot more expensive
January 15, 2015CNNGetting the most from frequent flier miles
January 15, 2015CNNAviation geeks, rejoice! A350 makes first flight
December 9, 2014Fox News Hotels implement pricey new cancellation policy
October 22, 2014Gothamist What Goes In Your Carry-On?
July 22, 2014Frequent Business Traveler Winners of 2014 GlobeRunner Awards Announced at Event in New York City
July 10, 2014"How Did You Get Into That?"Ben Schlappig: How to Travel For Free
June 16, 2014AskMen.comPulse Report: The 500 People, Products, & Trends That Will Define The Next 12 Months
May 21, 2014USA TodayTravel blogger seeks $25,000 for expensive, flight
May 19, 2014CBS NewsRise of airlines from the Persian Gulf represents stiff competition for American carriers
May 8, 2014ForbesBlogger Starts Crowdfunding Campaign To Fly And Review New Etihad First Class
April 16, 2014CBS MiamiHire Help To Maximize Tricky Travel Rewards
February 3, 2014NASDAQProfessional award bookers promise 'free' flights for fewer miles
October 1, 2013InsideFlyer MagazineHighlighting Bloggers Who Navigate the World of Miles and Points
September 9, 2013Australian Business TravelerSix expert tips to diversify your frequent flyer points portfolio
September 1, 2013InsideFlyer MagazineAward Experts
August 19, 2013milepointTVMilepoint TV talks to Ben Schlappig
August 19, 2013milepointTVBen Schlappig's Top 5 Hot Nuts
May 20, 2013HuffPost LiveThe Rudest Things People Do In Airports
May 20, 2013HuffPost LiveHow to Avoid the Luggage Hassle
August 7, 2012The Sydney Morning HeraldWhen points pile up
July 18, 2012The Huffington PostUnited Airlines $33 Flights To Hong Kong Result Of Computer Glitch
March 18, 2012JohnnyJet.comTravel Style: Ben Schlappig
November 20, 2011Travel Guys RadioScoring that First Frequent Flyer Ticket and Exploring the Queen Mary
October 27, 2011CheapFlights.comWaiting to board with Ben Schlappig
October 14, 2011FoxNews.comMile Runners Take Frequent Flyer Mileages to a Whole New Height
August 21, 2011Travel Guys RadioFamily Vacations and Burning Man
July 22, 2011NPRDollar Coins In The Wild
July 17, 2011Travel Guys RadioMileage Running Stories and Expert Packing Tips
July 17, 2011GadlingBooking award tickets can be frustrating, unless you're a pro
July 13, 2011NPRHow Frequent Fliers Exploit A Government Program To Get Free Trips
June 19, 2011Travel Guys RadioFrequent Flyers, Drive-In Theaters and Flight Attendants
April 10, 2011Travel Guys RadioAmerican Road Magazine and Getting Bumped From Your Flight
April 6, 2011The New York TimesGuide to Being Bumped (or Not)
April 1, 2011InsideFlyer MagazineAward Search Strategies
March 6, 2011Travel Guys RadioEd Perkins, News from New Zealand and a Whole Lotta Toothpicks
February 18, 2011CNNContinental to get United's roomier seats
February 13, 2011Travel Guys RadioOf Mice and Bloggers Who Beat the System
December 9, 2010CNNAir rage: Is reclining your seat a right?
November 9, 2010USA TodayAward booking services help frequent flier miles take flight
August 1, 2010InsideFlyer MagazineThe Value of a Mile or Point
July 8, 2010The Wall Street JournalShopping for Perks Among the Big Airline Alliances
June 1, 2010InsideFlyer MagazineAsk The Experts
May 3, 2010The Associated PressHow United-Continental merger impacts fliers
July 28, 2008The Washington TimesKRALEV: Being elite can be simple

Speaking Engagements & Meetups:

I love meeting blog readers and other frequent travelers. If you see me in an airport or lounge, please say hello!

Otherwise, you can find me at the following:

April 17-19, 2015Dallas, TX USAFrequent Traveler University | Dallas
April 17-19, 2015Dallas, TX USAFTU Advanced | Dallas
March 6-8, 2015San Diego, CA USAFTU Advanced | San Diego
October 17-19 2014Chicago, IL USAChicago Seminars 2014
September 26-28, 2014Chicago, IL USAFTU Advanced | Chicago
July 18-20, 2014Chicago, IL USAFTU Advanced | Chicago
April 2014Seattle, WA USAFrequent Traveler University | Seattle
October 2013Chicago, IL USAChicago Seminars 2013
September 2013Tampa, FL USA Frequent Traveler University | Tampa
September 2013Brussels, BelgiumTravel Magic 2013
April 2013Washington, DC USAFrequent Traveler University | DC
November 2012Los Angeles, CA USAFrequent Traveler University LAX
October 2012Chicago, IL USAChicago Seminars 2012
April 2012New York, NY USAFrequent Traveler University NYC
October 2011Chicago, IL USAChicago Seminars 2011
October 2010Chicago, IL USAChicago Seminars 2010

Contact Details:

For general questions and inquiries, the best way to reach me is via Twitter or Facebook, or by commenting on the Ask Lucky page.

If you need award help, please contact my award consulting service directly.

Otherwise, you can email me at [email protected]

Media and press inquiries should be directed to [email protected]