I go for credit and charge cards that give me travel points for every single dollar I spend on them. When I first learned about this I signed up for every program that’s out there. I gained some points, but nothing really happened – I was a long way away from getting any actual “reward”. Sure, I could get some nice gadgets for my points and miles, but not the actual travel I was after. The key, as with many things in life, lies in focus and dedication. I researched the amount of points or miles required for long haul as well as short haul flights, and selected only a few programs that provided the most value for my points. I’m simply not interested in those programs where I need 50,000 points for a one-way flight just to get across to another city in North America. If I’m lucky enough to get one point for every dollar spent that means I would need to spend 100,000 dollars to get a “free” return flight. I might as well just buy the ticket at that rate – and sometimes that is indeed the best option.
I ended up selecting only two programs to participate in – one that provides me with easy access to short-haul flight to the next city, province or state, but doesn’t score very well on long-haul flights. For the long-haul flights across North America, or even to Europe, I picked another rewards program. In my Travel Revolution class I share in detail how I now fly across North America to New York for about 25,000 points round trip. I can get a return ticket to Hawaii for about 45,000 points.
Since I charge things I have to pay for anyway, like my cellphone bill, to the same card, that amount is not limited to spendable income only – which brings flying for free within reach for pretty much anyone. The question no longer is if I will be able to travel, it’s just a matter of when I’ll get there (and where I’ll decide to go next).
The goal is to use your credit cards in the right way to fund your travel. Download my free PDF with my 7 Golden Rules Of Travel Hacking and let your credit cards fly you. whichever destination you’ve always wanted to see, but never did. Make it your focus to go there.Download the PDF
The Freedom Project shows a new approach to travel as a lifestyle. Travel has countless benefits to all areas of life, and they are available to everyone. This book is the liberating blueprint for finding freedom and happiness in your traveling life.The Freedom Project: Travel
Let’s See The World, Differently: Upgrade your experiences with flights, hotels, free trips – it’s all inside. I share step by step how I implemented the travel hacking principles from my book The Freedom Project. Using screen recordings of my own accounts, I show you exactly how I go about booking free airfare, getting upgraded in hotels (including Las Vegas) and how I’m currently able to get a free Bahamas trip every year.Travel Revolution