Since a thread doesn’t exist yet about travel hacking, I thought I’d create one to kick start the conversation.
I started out 10 years ago only opening credit cards that would give me cash back signup bonuses and rewards. Even cards that earned miles rewards points which could be redeemed for travel, I’d only open them if I could redeem them for cash. It wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I started trying out the travel rewards points and in that time I’ve never looked back. I still value cash-back redemptions, but there was a whole world out there I was missing.
Since then, I’ve been able to take two or three vacations per year with my family with free or highly discounted airfare and hotel stays. As just about any travel hacker would contest, I wish I had started sooner! Credit issuers are cracking down on travel hacking by reducing rewards valuations and making it much more restrictive to apply for or churn the best travel rewards cards.
To get started or to stay updated in the game, there are many popular places to follow. I like to sign up to mailing lists to get daily updated info so I am aware of the many deals and changes to the cards and travel programs.
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Post your travel hacking success stories here, or open a new thread for specific discussions on strategies or deals.