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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 woes. It’s an exciting way to convert sign-up bonuses and incentives into airline miles, that can then be used to get discounted or even complimentary flights for your desired destinations. With a bit of creativity and some insider knowledge, you can fly for no cost in no time.

The Basics of Travel Hacking

Travel hacking is about swapping credit card sign-up bonus as well as incentives to earn airline miles. These miles can later be used to pay for cheap or free flight tickets. Certain credit cards will also permit you to use miles towards hotel stays or car rental deals.

How Does it Work?

The most effective method for successful travel hacking is to take advantage of the credit card sign-up bonus and building out frequent flyer miles for a specific group of airlines. When you are ready to make a booking consider the cost. If the flight is under $300, it’s usually better to pay in cash and save your miles to take a more costly flight. When the flights start getting above $500, you’ll want to review those frequent flyer accounts and see which airline can give you the most value. All it boils down to is the number of points or miles you have in your travel bank for each airline.

Begin by Getting Started with Travel Hacking

Are you ready to discover the secrets to hacking travel? Your first task is to open the credit card that comes with a sign-up bonus. There are a lot of fantastic credit cards with various advantages and features. It depends on the type of airline, spending habits and the features that are most crucial to you.

Top Credit Card Picks

Here are some credit cards excellent 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 need to reach the minimum spend limit in order to get the bonus. Each card has its own rules, so be sure to look up this information. Then it’s all about building up miles, and using them to book your dream trip!

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

After you’ve accrued your points balance, it’s time to use them towards nice travel! Different credit card providers will have different methods of redeeming your points. Here are some examples from some of the ones I’ve had experience with:

Getaway by using Chase Ultimate Rewards

If you own a Chase card, you are able to redeem your points via the Ultimate Rewards portal. Within this portal you’ll get access to virtually every airline. You can combine money and points to pay for your trip. You can even book entirely using points if you’ve got enough balance! Sometimes even if you do not be able to accumulate enough points in order to pay for full cost, you still can book flights using the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal and pay the balance in cash using the credit card of your choice.

 

United

Are you fed up of paying full price for flights? Did you not know that when you book directly through United you can choose the option of paying with either points or dollars? Butbe aware, if you don’t have enough points, you can’t combine points and dollars for flights. Don’t worry, though, if you’re just a few points short, United gives you the option of buying additional miles.

JetBlue

Looking for a flight within the United States? Take a look at JetBlue! JetBlue provides an enjoyable and comfortable flight experience with extra legroom and free snacks. In addition, their booking procedure is similar to that of United Airlines which allows you to book with either JetBlue either dollars or points, but not both. However, JetBlue offers a distinct feature where you can pool your points together 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 anything like me and my travel companion Becca I’m sure you’re pretty economical and it’s daunting to try to spend thousands of dollars to reach the minimum amount required to earn a credit card bonus. Don’t worry as we’ve done it and we’re here to share our tricks and tips.

Pay your rent (if you can)

This is a huge one! If you’re able to pay for your rent using credit card, then do it! Be prepared to be charged a fee, typically about 3%. It may be worth it over the long term when the bonus is large enough.

Pay a medical bill

Another way to reach the spending limit is to cover the medical bills. If you don’t have any medical bills coming up then ask your family members if you can pay them for theirs, and they will pay you back.

Pay off a loan

If you have any loans you owe, think about paying them off with an credit card. Be sure to pay off the balance on your credit card completely so that you don’t accumulate more debt.

Ask your family members for help

Talk to your family and see if they have any big 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 are aware of the reason for taking the initiative.

Buy presents

If you’re in the middle of the holiday season take into consideration buying all your gifts using the credit card you have. In this way, you’ll meet the minimum spending limit and also be prepared for gift giving. Be sure to avoid spending more than you contemplating to.

There are many methods to get the most out of using your credit or debit card for travel and earn miles or points to be used towards the cost of flights or other expenses related to travel. Here are a few more ideas for maximizing the rewards you earn:

Book travel expenses with your credit card

When you’re planning your next vacation, make use of the travel credit card to pay for your flight, hotel, rental car, and any other travel-related expenses. Not only will you be able to hit the minimum spend to qualify for a credit card reward, but you’ll also earn points or miles to cover those costs.

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

Another way to hit the minimum spending requirement to earn rewards is making use of your credit card to pay for everyday costs. This could be things like gas, groceries, and even your phone bill. Be sure to pay the balance off in full each month so you don’t accrue interest charges.

Take advantage of bonus categories

Some travel credit cards will offer bonus points or miles on certain kinds of purchases, like eating out or travelling. Be sure to review the rewards program of your credit card and take advantage of any bonus categories that align with your spending routines.

Take into consideration the possibility of transferring your balance

If you are currently in debt on a credit card, think about transferring that balance onto an account with a travel credit card that has a 0% introductory APR for balance transfers. This will enable you to pay off the debt without accruing interest and simultaneously aid in achieving the minimum amount required to earn the credit card bonus.

Utilize your miles and points carefully

Once you’ve accumulated a substantial amount of miles or points Make sure to utilize the points or miles wisely. Check out the rewards program on your credit card and then compare the worth of various redemption options. For instance you can use your points to purchase a flight directly with the airline might give you a better return than using them for an gift card.

Another tip is to use an rewards card that permits you to transfer your reward points into other loyalty programmes. This will let you get a wider selection of options and greater freedom when it comes to you want to redeem your rewards. For example, you may be eligible to transfer your reward to frequent flyer programs of airlines or Hotel rewards programme. This can give you access to a greater variety of hotels, flights, and other travel perks which are not available through your credit card’s rewards program.

In addition, you should discover if your credit card offers certain benefits that will save you money on travel-related costs. Many cards offer travel insurance as well as rental car insurance baggage protection and other benefits that are extremely valuable when you’re traveling.

Finally, when you’re traveling with someone else, both of you can earn rewards with your own credit card. Just remember that you can’t divide the cost with the same card. Also, make sure to track your rewards separately.

Overall, the key to maximizing your rewards for travel is to be aware of your credit card’s rewards program and make sure you’re making use of it in the most efficient method possible. By using a combination of the 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 take advantage of a broad range of travel perks.