Gilbert Ott is a self proclaimed travel enthusiast and frequent traveler — which really shows on his blog "God Save the Points." In his posts, Ott gives readers advice on how to earn more miles and use them efficiently, how to find cheap flights and when to buy tickets — basically anything that makes traveling better on you and your wallet.


"Want to trade seats on the plane? Whatever ticket you've got for my comfortable flat bed up front?" asked Ott. He then proceeded to explain himself in a cocky and humorous manner while bringing up his admiration for Richard Branson's odd and whimsical promotions.

Basically, if you find Ott at an airport — wherever he may be — just go up, call him out by his name and blog and tell him you want his seat. If you two are on the same flight, Ott will gladly give you his business or first class seat — which he'll ALWAYS have.

As to not make this too difficult, Ott has agreed to post and update maps of his travels on Twitter and Instagram along with clues regarding plans and airlines. He's also posted a bunch of selfies on his blog so readers will recognize him but I think he just likes showing off his good looks.

Although Ott keeps saying this will probably go poorly — considering he has many 10+ hour flights — it will also bring in a lot of new readers and engage old ones.

"I want to deliver the best travel deals and information to as many people as possible. I'm really proud of our new site and if the chance to make me sit in coach while simultaneously making someone's day brings me a single new reader, I'm psyched about that," said Ott.

Along with the promotion, Ott is also giving away two business class tickets to anywhere in the US or Europe that Alaska Airlines or British Airways flies. All you have to do is leave a comment with a link to your favorite blog post and a blurb on why it was helpful or interesting. Winners will be chosen at random.

Even if for promotion, Ott's giveaways are a fun and interesting "Catch Me If You Can" game that'll either make someone's day or expose new readers to money and time-saving tips. That being said, are you ready to find Gilbert Ott?

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