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Are you tired of paying 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 convert credit card welcome bonuses and other incentives into airline miles which you can use to get discounted or even cheap flights from your ideal destinations. With a little bit of imagination and some information, you’ll be jet-setting for free within a matter of minutes.

The Basics of Travel Hacking

Travel hacking is all about trading credit card sign-up bonuses and rewards for airline miles. The miles can be used to pay for cheap or free flight tickets. Certain credit cards permit you to use miles to pay for hotel stays or rental car offers.

How Does it Work?

The most effective method for successful hacking travel is taking 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, evaluate the cost. If the price is under $300, it’s generally better to pay in cash and save your miles for a more expensive flight. If your flights begin to climb over $500, you’ll need to check those frequent flyer accounts to find out which airline will give you the best price. It all boils down to the amount 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 to travel hacking? The first step is to open a credit card that comes with a welcome bonus. There are many great credit cards that provide a variety of advantages and features. It all depends on your preferred airline, your spending habits, and what features are important to you.

Top Credit Card Picks

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

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

Once you’ve been approved for a credit or debit card, you’ll need to hit the spending limit for minimum expenditure in order to receive the bonus. Every card has different rules, so be certain to verify the details. From there, it’s all about racking miles and then using them to book your dream trip!

Are you ready to set sail with your points?

Now that you’ve built up your points amount, it’s time to redeem them for some delicious vacation! Different credit card companies will have different methods for redeeming your points, but here are some examples from a few of the ones I’ve had experience with:

Take a trip by using Chase Ultimate Rewards

If you own an Chase card, you are able to use your points to redeem them through the Ultimate Rewards portal. Within it, you’ll get access to almost every airline. You can combine points and cash to pay for your next trip. You can even book completely on points if you have the balance for it! Sometimes even if you do not be able to accumulate enough points in order to pay for full cost, you are able to buy flights with Chase Ultimate Rewards portal and pay the balance cash using every credit card.

 

United

Are you tired of paying full price for your flight tickets? Did you realize that when booking directly through United you can choose the option to pay with dollars or points? But, be careful that if you do not have enough points you can’t combine dollars and points for the same flight. No worries though, if you’re only a couple of points short, United provides the possibility of purchasing additional miles.

JetBlue

Are you looking for a domestic flight? You should look no further than JetBlue! JetBlue offers an enjoyable and comfortable travel experience that includes extra legroom as well as free snacks. Additionally, their booking process is similar to that of United Airlines which allows passengers to book flights using JetBlue either dollars or points however, not both. The difference is that JetBlue is unique in that they offer a feature where you can pool your points together with family members to accrue points twice as quickly. Be sure to establish that you’re a real family member prior to trying to hack into the system.

Hit that Minimum Spend

If you’re like me or my travel buddy Becca You’re probably quite economical and it’s challenging to attempt to spend thousands of dollars to hit the required amount to qualify for the credit card bonus. However, don’t be worried as we’ve done it and are here to share some of our tricks and tips.

Pay your rent (if you can)

This is an important one! If you’re able pay your rent using a credit card, do it! Make sure you pay a cost, which is usually about 3 percent. It may be worth it over the long term if the bonus is high enough.

Pay for a medical bill

Another way to reach the minimum spend is to pay for a medical bill. If you do not have any medical expenses in the near future then ask your family members to pay them for theirs, and they can repay you.

Pay off a loan

If you’re a borrower you owe, think about paying them off with an credit card. Be sure to pay off the credit card balance completely so that you don’t accumulate more debt.

Ask family members for assistance

Discuss your family with them and look into any large expenses coming up that you can help pay for. Be sure to be sure that you’re able to are able to trust the person and that they are aware of the reason for taking the initiative.

Give gifts

If it’s the holiday season, 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. Be sure to avoid spending more than you were already planning to.

There are plenty of methods to get the most of the travel credit card. You can accrue points or miles to spend on the cost of flights or other expenses related to travel. Here are a few additional suggestions for maximising your rewards

Book travel expenses with your credit card

Whenever you’re planning a trip, make use of the travel credit card to book your flight, hotel or rental car, as well as any other travel expenses. Not only will you be able to hit the minimum amount of spending required for your credit card bonus and earn points, but you’ll also be earning points or miles for the expenses.

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

Another way to hit the minimum amount of spending to earn rewards is by using your credit card to pay everyday expenses. This could include items like groceries, gas and even your telephone bill. Be sure to pay off the balance in full each month so you don’t accumulate interest.

Make the most of bonus categories

Some travel credit cards will offer bonus points or miles for specific types of purchases, including eating out or traveling. Make sure you review your credit card’s rewards program and avail any bonus categories that match with your spending routines.

Consider a balance transfer

If you have existing outstanding debt due to a high-interest credit card, you might want to transfer that balance to an account with a travel credit card that has a 0% introductory APR for balance transfer. This will allow you to pay off your debt without accruing interest and simultaneously assist you in reaching the minimum amount required to earn the credit card bonus.

Use your points or miles prudently

If you’ve amassed a large amount of points or miles Make sure to utilize them wisely. Check out the rewards program on your credit card, and evaluate the benefits of different redemption options. For example you can use points to purchase a flight directly with the airline might provide you with a greater return than using them for an gift card.

Another option is to get rewards cards that allow you to transfer reward points into other loyalty programmes. This will let you get a wider selection of choices and more flexibility in you want to redeem your rewards. For instance, you might be capable of transferring your reward to the frequent flyer program of an airline or a reward program for hotels. This will give the benefit of a larger range of flights, hotels and other travel benefits that aren’t accessible through the rewards program on your credit card.

Also, discover whether your credit card has some perks that could save you money on travel-related expenses. Some cards offer travel insurance as well as rental car insurance baggage protection, and other benefits that can be invaluable when you travel.

If you’re traveling with someone else and both of you earn rewards using your own credit card. Make sure you don’t divide the cost with the same card, and be sure to track your rewards separately.

Overall, the key to maximizing your travel rewards is to know the rewards program of your credit card and to ensure you’re making use of it in the most effective method. Through all of the strategies I’ve outlined, 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 variety of travel benefits.