Look I believe in bargains, and I love a cheap flight, or a discount hotel, but in the end if you are not playing the points game, then you are missing the party. Points are freedom, points are life, points are a necessary evil if you plan on traveling on a regular basis. But seriously, unlocking the power of rewards points can change your life, you just have to be ready to go all in. And once you do, the rewards are magnificent. So here are some basics that you can institute today.