Since I started travel hacking around 2015, I’ve traveled all across the world either cheaply or for free. However, I have a confession to make. I’ve made my fair share of credit card mistakes. Listen to this episode to hear about all the embarrassing travel hacking mistakes I’ve made over the years as well as how to avoid them.
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Credit Card Travel Hacking Mistakes and Blunders
Table of Contents
In this episode, we cover:
- Lacking a spending plan
- Missing credit card sign-up bonuses
- Paying unnecessary annual fees
- Incurring foreign transactions fees while abroad
- Missing valuable earning opportunities
- Expiring points and miles
CardPointers (app): Helps you use the right card for every purchase — when you’re on the go or just shopping online — all automatically.
AwardWallet (service): Track all of your loyalty points in one place including current balances, expiration dates, and credit card renewal dates.
Jet Set 101: Becoming a Travel Hacker (on-demand course): In this course, learn how to turn regular spending into airline miles and hotel points, saving thousands of dollars in travel costs.
Here’s a list of my favorite travel hacking credit cards
- Chase Sapphire Preferred – Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.
- Capital One Venture Rewards – Earn 60,000 bonus miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
- No fee credit cards recommended for financially savvy travelers
Other Travel Hacking Episodes You’ll Enjoy
If you are interested in travel hacking, listen to Episode 93 where I share ways to earn points and miles without traveling or Episode 79 where Julia Menez shares how to get free hotel upgrades and other cool travel hacking secrets you may not be aware of.
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Danielle Desir Corbett paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27, and has traveled to 27 countries, including her favorites, Iceland, China, and Bermuda. Go here to learn Danielle’s incredible story, from struggling financially and in debt to finding creative ways to earn more and live on her terms. Listen to The Thought Card Podcast, where Danielle shares how you can creatively travel more and build wealth regardless of your current financial situation. Reach out to Danielle by contacting: thethoughtcard (at) gmail (dot) com.