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Quick Tip

Posted: December 20, 2010 in Travel Tips
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There is an American Express credit card from Delta that offers 45,000 miles! The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.  The down side is that you have to spend $3,000 in three months to get the miles.  If you already spend that much, than this is an awesome deal!

There is only ONE day left for this deal so check it out at delta!

I found an awesome website that is all about frequent flyer deals and cheap flights.  It’s at FlyerTalk.

As a side note, I just found out that you can apply for the personal and business credit card, which would get you 90,000 miles!  Check it out.  You have to spend $3,000 in three months for each card.

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Fly for Free

Posted: December 18, 2010 in Travel Tips
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Earlier I did a tip on how to find cheap or free lodging.  I thought it would be a good idea to show how you can fly for free.  Using these two tips together, traveling becomes affordable for anyone.

I am going to put a big DISCLAIMER here: All of these credit cards have high APRs, so if you are not good at budgeting, DON’T do this.  Don’t get behind on your payments with these cards.  That is the most important thing. I would recommend getting these cards, spending the required amount, then cutting them up and canceling your account once you have received the points.  Make sure to read all of the credit card details.  Most of these cards have an annual fee after the first year.  In these descriptions I only put the most basic information.  Some cards offer more points for purchases so look at the card details.  To get more information you can Google the specific card or check out creditcards.com, it has links to the different cards and gives more details.

These are the best cards I have found so far…

Chase’s Visa Venture Reward Card – It offers 10,000 miles and x2 miles on any purchase.  The annual fee of $59 is waived for the first year.  The only down side besides the ones mentioned above is that you have to spend $1,000 in the first three months.

Citi Gold AAdvantage World Master Card– It offers 30,000 miles once you spend $750 within the first four months.  $50 annual fee is waived for first year.

OnePass Pluss MasterCard by Chase– It offers 25,000 miles on Continental after first purchase and 5,000 miles when you add an additional card user.  There’s a $50 statement credit after first purchase.  The annual fee of $85 is waived for the first year.

Gold Delta Sky Miles Card– It offers 20,000 miles plus 5,000 if you add two additional card members.  $95 annual fee waived for first year.

Chase Sapphire Card– It offers 25,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in three months.  The $85 annual fee is waived for the first year.

Capital One Aspire Master Card– It offers 5,000 miles after your first purchase plus 1,000 miles every year.  There is no annual fee.

Most of these offers are good for one round-trip ticket within the United States.  If you combine two or three of them you’ll have enough for a round-trip international ticket.  I will continue to look for deals and post them as I find them.  If you have any suggestions on how to get frequent flyer miles or know of any other good deals let us all know.

Stay for Free

Posted: October 3, 2010 in Travel Tips
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For those of you that are poor, like me, or are budget travelers, this tip is for you.  Besides the cost of a flight, accommodations are usually the most expensive part of traveling.  I have three tips that will save you a lot of money, which can be donated to fund your next trip.

The first tip is visit Couch Surfer.  This website lets you find individuals, wherever you are traveling, who will let you stay on their couch for free!  What a deal!  It sounds riskier than it really is.  Take a look at the website to get info on how it works.  It’s a great way to meet locals and get a true feeling of the country.  My friends and I have done it, and all of us have had great experiences.

My second tip is visit Hostel World.  You don’t have to book a hostel through the website, but it will give you a great starting point.  They usually have very good deals and hostels are the way to go if you are broke or on a budget.

If you’re like me then don’t worry about planning where to stay.  Meet as many locals as you can to increase your chances of finding people that will allow you to stay with them.  Many times I met people that had a relative or friend living in a city that I was going to visit, and they told their friend or relative to let me stay with them.

My recommendation would be to go for the triple threat!  Use a combination of all three.  Sometimes it is fun to have no place to stay and other times it is nice to have a place so you don’t have to walk around looking for a place to stay.  Whatever you accommodation decision is, remember, my tips will save you money and I am not above taking donations for my future travels.