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Are you tired of spending thousands of dollars on travel? Well, good news! Travel hacking is the answer to all your travel problems. It’s a fun way to turn credit card welcome bonuses and other incentives into airline miles which can be used to score discounted or cheap flights from your ideal destinations. With a bit of creativity and some insider information, you’ll fly for no cost within a matter of minutes.

The Basics of Travel Hacking

Travel hacking is the art of swapping credit card sign-up bonus and incentives for airline miles. These miles can later be used to purchase discounted or even free flights. Certain credit cards will also allow you to redeem miles for hotel stays and car rental discounts.

How Does it Work?

The most effective method for successful hacking your travel plans 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 comes time to book a flight consider the cost. If the flight is less than $300, it’s best to pay cash and save your miles for a more expensive flight. When the flights start getting above $500, you’ll want to review your frequent flyer accounts and determine which airline offers you the best deal. All it boils down to is the number of points or miles you have in your travel savings account for every airline.

Begin by Getting Started with Travel Hacking

Are you interested in learning the secrets of travel hacking? Your first task is to open an account with a sign-up bonus. There are many great credit cards that offer many advantages and features. It depends on the type of airline, your spending habits, and the features that are most important to you.

Top Credit Card Picks

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

  • 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 hit the spending limit for minimum expenditure in order to qualify for the bonus. Every credit card has its own set of rules, so be sure to look up this information. Then it’s all about building miles and using them to plan your dream trip!

Are you ready to set sail with your goals?

Now that you’ve built up the points balance, it’s time to cash them in for some nice vacation! Different credit card companies will have different methods for redeeming your points, but here are a few examples from some of the companies I’ve worked with:

Escape by using Chase Ultimate Rewards

If you have an Chase credit card, then you are able to use your points to redeem them through the Ultimate Rewards portal. In it, you’ll have access to almost every airline and you can make use of a combination of money and points to book your next trip. You can even book completely using points if you’ve got the balance 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 in cash with every credit card.

 

United

Are you fed up of paying full price for flights? Did you not know that when you book directly through United You have the option of paying using either points or dollars? Be careful, if 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 points away, United also offers the option to purchase additional miles.

JetBlue

Looking for a flight within the United States? You should look no further than JetBlue! JetBlue offers a comfortable and enjoyable flight experience , with more legroom and free snacks. Plus, their booking process is similar to that of United Airlines, allowing customers to book using either JetBlue either dollars or points, but not both. The difference is that JetBlue has a unique feature that lets you pool your points together with your relatives to earn points twice as fast. Just make sure you can verify that you are a family member before trying to hack the system.

Make sure you spend that minimum amount

If you’re anything like me and my travel buddy Becca I’m sure you’re pretty thrifty and it’s difficult to think of spending thousands of dollars to reach the minimum amount required to earn a credit card bonus. Don’t worry as we’ve done it and are here to share some of our tips and tricks.

Pay your rent (if you can)

This is a big one! If you’re able pay your rent with credit card, then do it! Make sure you be charged a fee, typically about 3%. It could be worthwhile in the end when the bonus is large enough.

Pay for a medical bill

Another great way to hit the required spending is to cover a medical bill. If you don’t have any medical bills coming up Ask your family members if you can pay for theirs and they’ll reimburse you.

Pay off a loan

If you’re in the middle of a loan you owe, think about repaying them using your credit card. Be sure to pay off the balance on your credit card in full , so that you don’t end up with more debt.

Ask your family members for help

Ask your family members to look into any large expenses coming up that you can contribute for. Just make sure you have confidence in the person you are talking to and they understand why you’re taking the initiative.

Purchase gifts

If you’re in the middle of the holiday season you should consider purchasing all of your gifts with cards from your credit account. This way you can hit that minimum spend and be ready for gift giving. Just make sure you’re not spending more than you thinking of.

There are many ways to get the most of your travel credit card. earn miles or points to use towards airfares or other travel-related costs. Here are some additional ways to maximize your rewards:

Make travel reservations using your credit card

When you’re planning your next vacation, make use of your travel credit card to pay for your hotel, flight or rental car, as well as other travel costs. You’ll not only be able to meet the required amount to earn your credit card as well, but you’ll also be earning points or miles for the expenses.

Utilize your credit card to pay for all your daily expenditures

Another method to reach the minimum amount of spending in order to accumulate points making use of your credit card to pay for everyday expenses. This could include items like groceries, gas and even your telephone bill. Be sure to pay off the balance in full every month to ensure you don’t accumulate interest.

Take advantage of bonus categories

Some travel credit cards will offer miles or bonus points for specific types of purchases, such as eating out or traveling. Make sure you review your rewards program on your credit card and take advantage of any bonus categories that align with your spending routines.

Consider a balance transfer

If you have existing debt on a high-interest credit card, you might want to transfer that balance onto the travel credit card which has a 0% introductory APR for balance transfer. This will enable you to pay off your debts without accruing interest and simultaneously help you hit the minimum amount required to earn the credit card’s bonus.

Utilize your miles and points wisely

Once you’ve accumulated a substantial amount of points or miles make sure you use them in a responsible manner. Examine the rewards program of your credit card and then compare the benefits of different redemption options. For instance using points to book a ticket directly with the airline might give you a better value than using them for a gift card.

Another suggestion is to use a rewards card that allows you to transfer your reward points into other loyalty programmes. This allows you to have a wider range of choices and more freedom when it comes to redeeming your rewards. For example, you may be able to transfer your reward to the frequent flyer program of an airline or a hotel rewards program. This can give an access larger range of flights, hotels as well as other travel perks that aren’t offered through your credit card’s rewards program.

Additionally, try to find out whether your credit card has any perks that can save you money on travel-related expenses. Many cards offer travel insurance and rental car insurance, baggage protection, and other benefits that are extremely valuable when you’re traveling.

If you’re traveling with a companion, both of you can earn rewards using your own credit card. Be aware that you cannot divide the cost with the same card. Also, make sure you keep track of your rewards separately.

The key to reaping the maximum benefits from your travel rewards is to know the rewards program on your credit card and ensure that you’re using this program in the most effective method possible. Through an array of strategies I’ve listed, you’ll be able to get rewards in a short time, use them for travel experiences that are worth it and benefit from a wide assortment of travel-related perks.