I’m still pinching myself as I can’t believe Sunday’s game actually happened. My game analysis was terrible except for the final score where I got the Falcons one right, and said that it felt like a 6 point game.
It’s certainly better than reading about how Amway’s pyramid money is going to break America’s education system.
Today, I’m readers to let me know what their favorite travel hacking website is (of course only if you have one). If you aren’t familiar with what travel hacking is, it’s a way that people fly for free using credit card bonus rewards. Typically, the deal is something like, “Get 25,000 bonus miles for signing up for a credit card and spending $3000 in the first three months.” The deals are worth around $250 or $500 and can even be more valuable if you spend them the right way.
I’m getting more and more interested in this, because… hey it’s free money. Also, with the kids being 3 and 4, travel costs are double what they were a few years ago for us. Ouch.
Right now we aren’t doing much traveling. My wife has limited vacation time and I’ve been waiting for the kids to be a little older so that they can enjoy seeing the world (though they did love Disney World. Instead, I’m just trying to plan ahead for the future. It doesn’t hurt to have 200,000 points lying around right?
So why didn’t start before now? I like how my credit card system is set up. I have auto-pay on all the accounts so I never have to remember to send a check in. This means that I’m never late with a payment and never pay interest or fees. Instead I just collect the sweet, sweet cashback.
Shuffling in and out of credit cards is going to be more work. There may even be a spreadsheet involved. There some websites such as The Points Guy that help you get started.
So my questions are, “Do you travel hack? Why or why not? If you do, how did you get started?”
My husband and I travel hacked our way to Disney World last year. For that, we just used the ol’ Google, “travel hack Disney” to figure out what we needed to do.
Since then, I’ve been using the subreddit /r/churning. Talk about lazy… they have a “What Card Wednesday?” thread every week, where you can post a little about your card history and what you’re looking to do, and people will recommend what card you should get next.
Mad Fientist also has a really cool card sign-up bonus tracking tool: http://madfientist.cardratings.com/