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Are you tired of paying thousands of dollars on travel? 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 sign-up bonuses and incentives into miles which you can use to score discounted or free flights to your desired destinations. With a bit of imagination and some information, you’ll be jet-setting for free in no time.

The Basics of Travel Hacking

Travel hacking is all about swapping credit card sign-up bonus as well as incentives to earn airline miles. These miles can then be used to buy discount or no-cost flights. Certain credit cards will also allow you to redeem miles to pay for hotel stays or rental car deals.

How Does it Work?

The secret to successful travel hacking is to take advantage of the credit card sign-up bonus and to establish frequent flyer miles for a specific group of airlines. When it’s time to make a booking, evaluate the cost. If the flight is under $300, it’s usually better to pay in cash and use your miles to pay for a more expensive flight. If your flights begin to climb higher than $500, it’s best to review your frequent flyer accounts and see which airline can give you the most value. It all comes down to the amount of points or miles you have in your travel account for every airline.

Begin by Getting Started with Travel Hacking

Are you interested in learning the secrets to travel hacking? Your first task is opening the credit card that comes with a sign-up offer. There are a lot of fantastic credit cards with many advantages and features. It depends on the type of airline, your habits with spending and what features are crucial to you.

Top Credit Card Picks

Here are some credit cards excellent to hack travel

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

Once you’ve been approved for a credit card, you’ll need to reach the limit of spending minimum in order to get the bonus. Every credit card has its own set of rules, so make sure to check for the details. Then you can begin to rack miles and using them to plan your dream vacation!

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

Now that you’ve built up your points amount, it’s time to cash them in for some delicious travel! Different credit card companies have different methods of redeeming your points. Here are some examples from a few of the ones I have experience with:

Take a trip with Chase Ultimate Rewards

If you’re a holder of a Chase cards, you are able to use your points to redeem them through the Ultimate Rewards portal. Within it, you’ll get access to virtually every airline. You can make use of a combination of points and cash to book your trip. You can even book entirely on points if you have the funds to pay for it! Sometimes even if you don’t have enough points to cover the full cost, you still can buy flights with Chase Ultimate Rewards portal and pay the balance cash using any credit card.

 

United

Are you fed up of paying the full cost for your flights? Did you know that when you book directly through United you can choose the option to pay with dollars or points? But, be careful in case you don’t have enough points you can’t combine dollars and points on the same flight. Don’t worry, though, if you’re only a couple of point short United gives you the possibility of purchasing additional miles.

JetBlue

Looking for a domestic flight? You should look no further than JetBlue! JetBlue offers an enjoyable and comfortable flight experience with extra space and complimentary snacks. Additionally, their booking process is similar to United’s, allowing customers to book using either JetBlue either dollars or points however, not both. The difference is that JetBlue is unique in that they offer a feature that lets you combine your points with your family members and 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 or my travel companion Becca I’m sure you’re pretty frugal and it can be daunting to try to spend thousands of dollars in order to meet the minimum amount required to earn credit card bonuses. However, don’t be worried because we’ve been there and we’re here to share our tips and tricks.

Pay your rent (if you can)

This is an important one! If you’re able pay your rent using a credit card, do it! Just be prepared to pay a cost, which is usually about 3%. It could be worthwhile over the long term if the bonus is high enough.

Pay for a medical bill

Another excellent way to meet the minimum spend is to cover a medical bill. If you do not have any medical expenses coming up then ask your relatives if you could pay their medical bills and they will repay you.

Make a payment to pay off a loan

If you have any loans you owe, think about repaying them using your credit card. Just make sure you pay the credit card balance in full , so that you don’t end up with more debt.

Ask family for help

Talk to your family and look into any big expenses coming up that you can contribute for. Make sure that you are able to have confidence in the person you are talking to and they are aware of the reason for doing this.

Give presents

If it’s the holiday season, consider buying all your gifts with the credit card you have. In this way, you’ll meet the minimum spending limit and be ready to give gifts. Just make sure you’re not spending more than you were already contemplating to.

There are many methods to get the most out of using your credit or debit card for travel. You can accumulate miles or points that you can spend on airfares or other travel-related costs. Here are a few more ideas for maximizing your rewards

Pay for travel expenses using your credit card

Whenever you’re planning a trip, use your travel credit card for booking your hotel, flight, rental car, and any other travel-related expenses. You’ll not only achieve the minimum spend to earn your credit card reward as well, but you’ll also earn points or miles to cover these costs.

Utilize your credit card to pay to pay for your everyday costs

Another way to hit the minimum spend to earn rewards is by using your credit card to pay daily expenses. This can include things like gas, groceries, and even your phone bill. Be sure to pay off the balance in full every month to ensure you don’t accumulate interest.

Benefit from bonus categories

Many travel credit cards offer miles or points in exchange for certain types of purchases, such as eating out or travelling. Make sure you review your credit card’s rewards program and make use of any bonus categories that align with your spending routines.

Take into consideration a balance transfer

If you are currently in debt on a credit card, consider transferring that balance to a travel credit card with the introductory APR of 0% for balance transfer. This will enable you to pay off the debt without accruing interest and simultaneously help you hit the minimum amount required to earn the credit card bonus.

Use your points or miles wisely

If you’ve amassed a large amount of miles or points Make sure to utilize them in a responsible manner. Check out the rewards program on your credit card and compare the value of different redemption options. For example using points to book a flight directly with the airline could provide you with a greater value than using them to purchase an gift card.

Another tip is to use an rewards card that permits you to transfer your points to other loyalty programs. This allows you to get a wider selection of options and greater flexibility in you want to redeem your rewards. For instance, you might be capable of transferring your rewards to an airline’s frequent flyer program or Hotel rewards programme. This gives you access to a larger selection of hotels, flights and other travel benefits which are not accessible through your credit card’s rewards program.

Also, determine if your credit card offers some perks that could save you money on travel-related costs. A lot of credit cards provide travel insurance and rental car insurance, baggage protection and other benefits that are invaluable when you travel.

When you travel with a friend, both of you can earn rewards using your credit card. Make sure you don’t split the cost on the same card, and be sure to keep track of your rewards in a separate manner.

The key to maximizing your rewards for travel is to be aware of the rewards program of your credit card and ensure that you’re making use of it in the most effective way possible. By using a combination of the strategies I’ve outlined, you’ll be able to get rewards in a short time, use them for valuable travel experiences and benefit from a wide assortment of travel-related perks.