I just hosted a one hour live on travel hacking (click my picture, select "live" on bottom right). Facebook group members will get the YouTube version which will have every question linked to its time. Given that the majority of my followers are #debtfreecommunity I have to emphasize that if you can't consistently pay your credit card off in full every month, you should not be travel hacking in my opinion, at least not the credit card based methods. Most travel hackers are usually highly organized, obsessed about numbers, have the patience to read the fine print and understand it, and are also very careful about their credit card use. And they often have an unfair advantage, such as my globe trotting consulting friends who travel as part of the job. Someone asked me in DMs about manufactured spend. I'm not going to explain what it is because I do not think it's an ethical way to #travelhack. I would not want to toe a gray line. That being said I do cover the following: ♥️ 3 main ways to travel hack - travel a lot and be loyal to a brand, spend a lot on credit cards (we tithe), or do credit card churn (sign up for bonuses and retention bonuses, then cancel... We do this too) ♥️ this requires organization, patience, lots of time, but for people who can make it work, it can work out quite well ♥️ #travel is a want. A nice to have. You will live without travel. Don't be fooled by the #yolo driven marketing of today that tells you to "invest" in experiences. Don't go into debt for it. Thanks everyone for watching! #debtfreecommunity#debtfreeliving#debtfreejourney#retirement#personalfinance#money#wealth#livelikenooneelse#traveltheworld#pointsandmiles
This episode of #farawayfriday is brought to you by the Maldives! Follow our travels @aaadventuretravels The Maldives are a string of islands in the Indian Ocean, about 1,300 miles from the coast of India. Known for it's incredible beaches and hotels, it's become one of the most Instagrammable spots on the planet in the past year. Seriously, it's all over my travel feed! But it's also incredibly expensive! Even if you book hotels on points, everything else is going to cost you...a lot! Have you been? Would you go? #travelinspiration#maldives#adventureisoutthere 📷: @jailam.rashad
What is your biggest challenge when traveling with your kids? Ours is over-scheduling. On our recent trip to Michigan, we were on constant go, go, GO mode. Not only were we visiting family, but we had a full schedule of fun stuff to do! The end results of 3 days in another time zone with almost constant activity was an EPIC meltdown by Little A in the lovely town of Frankenmuth. Like, embarrassingly epic! She was tired. Plain and simple. I don't blame her...we were too. We vowed then and there to do better. We want so much to show her the world! But we also need to take it slow. We need to schedule more time to relax. More time to play. More time to just be. Traveling with kids is not always easy. But the life lessons she will learn, the new people she will meet, the outlook on the world she will receive is SO worth it! @southwestair #southweststorytellers#contest
💙AMEX Reward Points💙 📌If you can't manage your money, making more won't help! 📌So it's been 1yr & 1 month since I opened my business corporation. Yes, that means I have stockholders (100% ME). I also have a President, VP, & Treasurer (all me). As business grows, so do the expenses. Due to recent changes with SPG/Marriott, since DEC I have stopped using my SPG biz card & now use my AMEX blue biz plus which gets 2x points on everything. ↪I pay for everything on credit cards. My accountant, business insurance, muti-family compliances, assosication dues, my international suppliers, & my corporate office who constantly asks why I don't use checks to use the 500 envelopes they sent me 😂😂😂 No thanks! I just got my 12k points for Jan spend with another 10k pending! #entrepreneurlife#entrepreneur#smallbusinessowner#femalebusinessowner#femaleownedbusiness#womanprenuer#milesandpoints#pointsandmiles#travelrewards#makingbigmoves
We can't tell whether these kiddos were more excited about the cotton candy in Ecuador 🇪🇨 or the free breakfast, room upgrade, and fifth night at the Hilton thanks to the Hilton Aspire. 🔗 Link in bio to see our review on that credit card. ⠀ ⠀ 📸: @tonisoutham⠀ #ecuadorprimero#ecuadortravel_ig #ecuadortravel
Points & Miles have helped us travel all over the world and we’re convinced we wouldn’t have been able to take these crazy adventures without them. ✨ Where’s your dream points destination? How are you turning it into reality? Do you have an earnings strategy? Better get moving! 🗺 #upgradedpoints
On-board Etihad's famous A380 First Class Apartments from Abu Dhabi on the way to Sydney, Australia. Travel Hacking Tip #5: Today we cover the topic of "hidden-city ticketing". I have to pre-warn you that the airlines do not like this practice at all and if you choose to apply it, do so rarely and dont overuse it because you will be risking being blacklisted by the airline. However, it is not an illegal scheme in any sense. So, what is "hidden-city ticket"? Let's say you want to get to London from Dubai and direct flight costs $500. However, if you were to book a flight from Dubai to Amsterdam via London, it may cost you only $250. As long as you dont have any checked in luggage, once you arrive to London, you can just exit and not board the last leg of the journey. So, you have still flown to London non-stop, but half the price. It does take some effort to play around to find flights that connect via your target city. However, there is a decent website called Skiplagged, which helps with such searches. The founder of the website was even taken to court by the airlines, but the case was dismissed by the judge. This should be just one of many tools in your "tool kit" for saving on your travels. Travel safe. #travel#travelblogger#traveling#travelphotography#view#sea#travelbug#goodday#mood#life#onelove#sky#dubai#mydubai#uae#abudhabi#newyork#london#relax#vacation#vacationtime#trip#fly#aroundtheworld#asktheexpert#pointsandmiles#travelhacking#iflyfirstclass#skiplagged
With only a few hours remaining to sign up, we say “Bon Voyage” to one of my all time favorite cards, the American Express SPG personal card, which will be discontinued for applications tonight. In the next few weeks current card holders will be transitioned over to this limited edition artwork version rebranded as the Marriott Bonvoy Card. Will you be signing up tonight?
Rounding the corner of @atlairport runway 27R with @spiritairlines “howdy” winglet leading the way. I flew roundtrip from Atlanta to Tampa for a total of $62 just to go do a magnificent dinner @bernssteakhouse with a couple buddies. Dinner cost more than the flight and the @hyatt was free on points. Check out Spirit’s fares and bank a few hotel points which can make a mundane Thursday night turn into a lot more fun. #awardtravel101#tampa#atl
[SWIPE] Sunset at the gorgeous @fijimarriottresortmomibay. 🌅 This is a fabulous property for @marriottrewards redemptions starting at 35K points. #sunsetvibes#sunsethunter#instasunset 📸: @pursuitofpoints
[SWIPE] AwardWallet user @pursuitofpoints redeemed 35K @marriottrewards points plus a $350 cash upgrade for this lush overwater lagoon bure at the @fijimarriottresortmomibay 🏝 #awardtravel101#fijimarriott#visitfiji
Happy Friday Guys! That is totally a fake smile on my face. It was cold, and we were kind of over it! We traveled to Paris to celebrate New Year’s Eve. I mean how amazing does that sound? New Years Eve in Paris!! Well, let me just say, that night didn’t go as planned. The @airbnb we rented turned out to be a complete sh*#hole. Nothing was working- the tv, the shower. Place smelled like smoke and it was in a bad area. Anyway you live and you learn. 🤕🤷🏽♀️ We were able to salvage our trip by moving to a different place, a hotel in Central Paris. Once we left the Scare-bnb, we ended up having a good time. New video on our YouTube Channel today about our experience. Check it out! You know you want too. 😉 Link in Bio
🚧We are headed out on our very 1st road trip tomorrow!! Thankfully, this is not our ride 😮😯😝 This will officially be the longest Baby Girl has ever been in the car. It's only about 5.5 hours, but she gets antsy on a 2 hour ride to San Diego, so wish us luck and follow our travels @aaadventuretravels Got any #roadtrip hacks for me??? Send them my way! Oh, and NO, she is not a baby anymore and YES, I will call her baby girl until she's at least 25! #ontheroadagain#aaadventureisoutthere#adventureisoutthere
Our partner @thenonstopdan redeemed 66K @flysas Eurobonus miles to travel from Sweden to the Maldives in business class. 🏝️ During this journey he reviewed @turkishairlines A330. 🛫 His video is linked in our bio. 🎥 Enjoy! #staralliance#a330lovers
If you have the Citi @AmericanAir #aadvantage MasterCard be on the L👀kout for this offer. $pend $300 on purchases each month in February & March and get 1,000 bonus miles for each month. #milesandpoints
🅐: Sun out, we out!!! 🅩: What a breathtaking sunset to send us off. Our stay at the St. Regis has been incredible and I don’t want to leave. We were lucky that the hotel accommodated our early check in and very late checkout request to coincide with our flight times. We have been very impressed by the level of service throughout our stay. Every detail is thought of and planned for. Can you believe that up until a few years ago, I hated beach vacations? The idea of lounging around felt like a waste of precious time. But after a handful of trips to Hawaii and Mexico, I’ve learned to enjoy the slower pace and to savor each relaxing moment with Mr. A. Being with great company is what makes a trip like this unforgettable.