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Beginners Guide to Cheap Travel

Travel will never be free but you can make it cheaper and Easier. It will take effort and willpower but hey what isn’t great that doesn’t require some of that. By following these simple steps it will get you off to a good start and in the right Direction.

Step One

Set a Goal and be Realistic about it!

How do you do want to fly? Where do you want to fly? How often do you want to fly? Do you want to focus on getting Hotels or Flights paid for? These are the questions you want to ask yourself before starting the miles and points game.

After you’ve answered those questions we can begin your journey into whats know as “Travel Hacking” or the “Points Game”.

After you’ve chosen your area that you want to begin in we can start.

Step Two

Sign up for as many Miles and Points programs that Hotels and Airlines have as you can. Try to focus on the few Airlines that you really like flying and that are in your area. After narrowing your choices down to a few select Loyalty programs then you can begin the daunting task that is choosing the right cards for you.

Air Canada

American Airlines (AA)

Alaska Airlines

British Airways (BA)

Delta

Southwest 

Qantas

United

US Airways

Virgin America

Virgin Atlantic

There are many more besides this but this will get you started for now…

Step Three

Choose your cards that will get you to your Goal!

Credit cards

Here are some Good top cards right now

BarclayCard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard®

Current offer:  40,00 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 or more in the first 90 days giving you around 400 dollars redeemable statement credit. And you get 10% back when you redeem for travel. The annual fee of $89 is waived the first year. ( Bonus extras included free subscription to TripIt Pro a miles tracking program and a free FICO score each statement. See my review

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

Current offer: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months and get another 5,000 miles after you add an authorized user to the account. The annual fee is waived the first year. And the card carries with it no foreign transaction fees.

US Airways® Premier World Mastercard®

Current offer: 40,00 bonus Dividend Miles after your first purchase and paying the annual fee of $89.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Current offer: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. Annual fee is waived the first year.

Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® 

Current offer: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. The annual fee of $95 is also waived the first year.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Current offer: 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. The annual fee of $95 is waived the first year.

Ink Plus® Business Card

Current offer: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. Giving you around $625 through Chase Ultimate Rewards. The annual fee of $95 is waived the first year.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Card

Current offer: 50,000 bonus points

“These Signup Bonus’s are subject to change frequently and abruptly and without notice”

Step Four

Manage your Miles and Points

Awardwallet, Usingmiles and Tripit( free with signing up for the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard)

Step Five

Get out there and put all your spending or Bills/ Finances on your Cards to accrue the most miles that you can on top of Signing Bonus’s!

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“Jumping side kick 2 “ by John Ragai  is licensed under CC BY 4.0

 

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Living in Taipei, finishing my masters' degree and travelling in my spare time.

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