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Are you tired of spending a fortune on airfare? Then, there’s a good news! Travel hacking can be the solution to all your travel woes. It’s an exciting method to turn credit card bonus and sign-up incentives into airline miles, that can then be used to get discounted or even cheap flights from your desired destinations. With a little creativity and some insider information, you’ll fly for no cost in no time.

The Basics of Travel Hacking

Travel hacking is all about exchanging credit card sign-up bonuses and incentives for airline miles. These miles can later be used to buy cheap or free flight tickets. Certain credit cards let you redeem miles for hotel stays and car rental offers.

How Does it Work?

The secret to successful hacking your travel plans is to take advantage of the credit card sign-up bonus and establishing a frequent flyer mile program on a select group of airlines. When it’s time to book a flight take a look at the price. If the flight is less than $300, it’s best to pay cash and use your miles to pay for a more expensive flight. When the flights start getting over $500, you’ll need to look into those frequent flyer accounts and determine which airline offers you the best deal. It all boils down to the amount of points or miles you have you have in your travel savings account for every airline.

Begin by Getting Started with Travel Hacking

Ready to learn the secrets to hacking travel? Your first task is to open the credit card that comes with a sign-up offer. There are plenty of great credit cards that provide many features and benefits. It depends on the type of airline, your spending habits, and what features are essential to you.

Top Credit Card Picks

Here are a few credit card options that can be perfect for travel hacking:

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve
  • Chase United Explorer
  • JetBlue Mastercard
  • Capital One Venture X

After you’ve been accepted for a credit card you’ll have to meet the minimum spend limit in order to qualify for the bonus. Every card has different rules, so make sure to look up the details. Then you can begin to rack up miles, and then using them to book your dream vacation!

Are you ready to go on a jet-setting with your points?

Now that you’ve built up the points amount, it’s time to use them towards sweet travel! Different credit card companies will offer different ways to redeem your rewards, here are some examples from a few of the companies I have experience with:

Take a trip with Chase Ultimate Rewards

If you’re a holder of an Chase credit card, then you are able to redeem your points through the Ultimate Rewards portal. Within the portal, you’ll get access to nearly every airline. You can use a combination of the points as well as cash in order to pay for your travel. You can even book completely on points if you have enough balance! Sometimes, even if you don’t possess enough points for the full price, you can book flights using the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal and pay the balance in cash with any credit card.

 

United

Are you tired of paying the full cost for your flights? Did you not know that when you book directly through United, you have the option of paying with either points or dollars? But, be careful, if you don’t have enough points, you can’t combine dollars and points for one flight. Don’t worry, though, if you’re just a few points short, United provides the option to purchase additional miles.

JetBlue

Are you looking for a domestic flight? Take a look at JetBlue! JetBlue offers a comfortable and enjoyable flight experience , with more legroom and free snacks. In addition, their booking procedure is like United’s which allows customers to book using either JetBlue either dollars or points but not both. But, JetBlue has a unique feature that lets you join your points with your relatives to earn points twice as quickly. Be sure to verify that you are a family member before trying to hack the system.

Make sure you spend that minimum amount

If you’re like me and my travel companion Becca You’re probably quite frugal and it can be daunting to try to spend thousands of dollars to reach the minimum spend for credit card bonuses. But don’t fret as we’ve done it and we’re here to share our tricks and tips.

Pay your rent (if you can)

This is an important one! If you’re able to pay your rent using credit card, then do it! Be prepared to pay a fee, usually around 3 percent. It might be worth it in the long run if the bonus is high enough.

Make a payment on a medical expense

Another way to reach the minimum spend is to pay for a medical bill. If you do not have any medical expenses due, ask your family members to pay for theirs and they can pay you back.

Make a payment to pay off a loan

If you have any loans, consider paying them off with an credit card. Make sure to pay off the balance on your credit card in full so you don’t accrue additional debt.

Ask your family members for help

Talk to your family and determine if they’ve got any large expenses coming up which you could help pay for. Make sure that you are able to have confidence in the person you are talking to and they understand why you’re doing it.

Give gifts

If you’re celebrating the holidays, consider buying all your gifts with your credit card. This way you can hit that minimum spend and be ready for gift giving. Just make sure you’re not spending more than you were contemplating to.

There are a lot of methods to get the most from the travel credit card. accrue points or miles to be used towards airfares or other travel-related costs. Here are a few more suggestions for maximising the rewards you earn:

Book travel expenses with your credit card

Whenever you’re planning a trip, make use of your travel credit card to pay for your flight, hotel or rental car, as well as any other travel expenses. In addition, you’ll be able to hit the minimum spend for your credit card reward and earn points, but you’ll also earn points or miles to cover these costs.

Make use of your credit card to pay to pay for your everyday expenses

Another way to hit the minimum spending requirement and earn points is by making use of your credit card to pay for everyday expenditures. This could be items like groceries, gas, and even your phone bill. Make sure you pay off the balance each month in full so you don’t accumulate interest.

Benefit from bonus categories

A lot of travel credit cards provide miles or bonus points on certain kinds of purchases, like eating out or traveling. Check out your rewards program on your credit card and avail the bonus categories that are in line with your spending routines.

Consider the possibility of transferring your balance

If you are currently in debt on a high-interest credit card, you might want to transfer the balance to an account with a travel credit card that has the introductory APR of 0% for balance transfers. This will enable you to pay off your debts without accruing interest, and also assist you in reaching the minimum amount required to earn the credit card bonus.

Utilize your miles and points wisely

When you’ve earned a significant amount of miles or points, be sure to use them wisely. Review the rewards program for your credit card and compare the value of different redemption options. For example, using your points to book a flight directly with the airline might provide you with a greater return than using them for a gift card.

Another tip is to use a rewards card that allows you to transfer rewards to different loyalty program. This allows you to get a wider selection of options and greater flexibility in you want to redeem your rewards. For example, you may be able to transfer your reward to frequent flyer programs of airlines or hotel rewards program. This gives an access wider range of flights, hotels and other travel benefits that may not be available through the rewards program of your credit card.

Additionally, try to discover the card’s benefits. certain benefits that will help you save money on travel costs. Many cards offer travel insurance and rental car insurance, baggage protection, and other benefits that can be invaluable when you travel.

If you’re traveling with a companion, both of you can get rewards on your credit card. Be aware that you cannot split the cost on the same card and make sure to keep track of your rewards separately.

The key to making the most of your rewards for travel is to be aware of the rewards program on your credit card and make sure you’re using your credit card in the most efficient method. By using all of the strategies I’ve listed that you can earn rewards quickly, redeem them for valuable travel experiences and benefit from a wide assortment of travel-related perks.