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Are you fed up of spending thousands of dollars on travel? Then, there’s a good news! Travel hacking could be the solution to all your travel problems. It’s an exciting method to convert credit card welcome bonuses and other incentives into miles that can then be used to obtain discounted or free flights to your desired destinations. With a bit of imagination and a little bit of insider knowledge, you can 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 later be used to pay for cheap or free flight tickets. Certain credit cards allow you to redeem miles for hotel stays and car rental discounts.

How Does it Work?

The most effective method for success in hacking your travel plans is to take advantage of credit card sign-up bonuses and building out frequent flyer miles for a specific group of airlines. When it comes time to make a booking consider the cost. If the price is less than $300, it’s usually better to pay cash and save your miles for a more expensive flight. If your flights begin to climb higher than $500, it’s best to look into those frequent flyer accounts to find out which airline will give you the best deal. It all comes down to the number of points or miles in your travel account for each airline.

Begin by Getting Started with Travel Hacking

Are you interested in learning the secrets to travel hacking? Your first task is to open a credit card with a sign-up offer. There are plenty of great credit cards that offer a variety of benefits and features. It depends on the type of airline, spending habits and what features are important to you.

Top Credit Card Picks

Here are some credit cards that are perfect for travel hacking:

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

If you’ve been approved for a credit card you’ll have to meet the minimum spend limit in order to get the bonus. Each card has its own rules, so make sure to check for this information. Then you can begin to rack up 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 balance, it’s time to cash them in for some delicious travel! Different credit card companies will have different methods for redeeming your points, but here are a few examples from some of the providers I’ve worked with:

Getaway through Chase Ultimate Reward

If you have an Chase cards, you can redeem your points through the Ultimate Rewards portal. Within this portal you’ll get access to virtually every airline. You can combine points and cash to pay for your next trip. You can even book completely with points if you’ve the funds to pay for it! Sometimes even if you don’t be able to accumulate enough points in order to pay for full price, you can purchase flights through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal and pay the balance in cash using 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? Butbe aware in case you don’t have enough points, you aren’t able to combine dollars and points on one flight. If you’re only a couple of points away, United gives you the option to purchase additional miles.

JetBlue

Looking for a flight within the United States? Look no further than JetBlue! JetBlue offers passengers a relaxing and pleasant flight experience , with more legroom and free snacks. Plus, their booking process is similar to United’s which allows customers to book using either JetBlue points or dollars however, not both. But, JetBlue is unique in that they offer a feature that lets you pool your points together with family members to accrue points twice as fast. Make 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 buddy Becca I’m sure you’re pretty economical and it’s difficult to think of spending thousands of dollars in order to meet the minimum amount required to earn a credit card bonus. Don’t worry because we’ve been there and are here to share our tips and tricks.

Pay your rent (if you can)

This is a huge one! If you’re able to pay for your rent using credit card, go for it! Just be prepared to be charged a fee, typically around 3%. It may be worth it in the end if the bonus is high enough.

Pay for a medical bill

Another great way to hit the spending limit is to pay for a medical bill. If you do not have any medical expenses due Ask your family members if you can pay their medical bills and they can pay you back.

Pay off a loan

If you’re in the middle of a loan you owe, think about repaying them using an credit card. Make sure to pay off the balance on your credit card in full so you don’t accumulate additional debt.

Ask family for help

Ask your family members to determine if they’ve got any large expenses coming up that you can contribute for. Just make sure you are able to trust the person and that they are aware of the reason for doing this.

Buy presents

If you’re celebrating the holidays, consider buying all of your gifts with cards from your credit account. This way you can reach the minimum spending requirement and be ready for gift giving. Just make sure you’re not spending more than you already planning to.

There are plenty of ways to make the most from the travel credit card. accumulate miles or points that you can be used towards the cost of flights or other expenses related to travel. Here are a few more ideas for maximizing your rewards

Book travel expenses with your credit card

When you’re planning your next trip, make use of the travel credit card to book your hotel, flight, rental car, and any other travel expenses. You’ll not only achieve the minimum amount of spending required to qualify for a credit card, but you’ll also earn points or miles for these expenditures.

Make use of your credit card to pay for everyday costs

Another way to hit the minimum spending requirement and earn points is by making use of your credit card to pay everyday expenses. This could be 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 pay interest.

Benefit from bonus categories

A lot of travel credit cards provide miles or bonus points for specific types of purchases, like dining or travel. Be sure to review the rewards program of your credit card and make use of the bonus categories that are in line with your spending habits.

Think about a balance transfer

If you have existing debt on a credit card, think about transferring the balance to an account with a travel credit card that has an introductory rate of 0% for balance transfers. This will enable you to pay off the debt without accruing interest and simultaneously help you hit the minimum spending requirement for the credit card’s bonus.

Utilize your miles and points carefully

Once you’ve accumulated a substantial amount of points or miles Make sure to utilize the points or miles wisely. Examine the rewards program of your credit card and then compare the value of different redemption options. For instance, using points to purchase a flight directly with the airline could provide you with a greater value than using them for the purchase of a gift card.

Another tip is to use a rewards card that allows you to transfer points to other loyalty programs. This will allow you to enjoy a greater variety of choices and more freedom when it comes to redeeming your rewards. For instance, you might be capable of transferring your rewards to an airline’s frequent flyer program or a Hotel rewards programme. This gives you access to a larger variety of hotels, flights, and other travel perks which are not available through the rewards program of your credit card.

Additionally, try to find out the card’s benefits. any perks that can reduce your travel costs. A lot of credit cards provide travel insurance as well as rental car insurance baggage protection and other benefits that can be very beneficial when traveling.

If you’re traveling with a companion and both of you get rewards on your own credit card. Just remember that you can’t divide the cost with the same card. Also, make sure to keep track of the rewards you earn separately.

In the end, the most important thing to do to maximizing your travel rewards is to know the rewards program on your credit card and to ensure you’re making use of it in the most efficient method possible. Utilizing a combination of the strategies I’ve outlined that you can get rewards in a short time, use rewards for valuable travel experiences and benefit from a wide assortment of travel-related perks.