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This is a question that everyone asks. Most people think “hacking” is a bad thing and that’s because it can be. Check out this definition I found on google: “use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system”. But this is not anything related to “Travel Hacking”. Here’s my definition of travel hacking: “strategically earning credit card sign-up bonuses to receive nearly free travel“. Let’s break that down…

Strategically – You need to have a plan. There are lots of ways to start travel hacking, but the lack of planning is a big mistake. For more info on planning, read my Setting Goals post.

Earning – This is not a free pass. There is effort that needs to be put forth in this process and it helps to be organized. Check out my detailed Travel Rewards spreadsheet with current credit card options and to-do lists.

Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses –  Most credit card companies offer bonuses when you sign up for their cards. Sometimes these bonuses are cash and sometimes they are points (or free hotel nights or airline miles). Their bonuses are the secret to your nearly free travel. View the current offers and preferred credit cards.

To Receive – This is the best part as the miles and points literally drop into your accounts and the world becomes your playground as you decide where you want to travel. It’s like Christmas morning when you get more travel points. Don’t forget that every dollar you spend on your card will normally get you at least 1 mile or point, so it pays to keep using your card even after you receive the bonus.

Nearly Free Travel – I call it nearly free as some credit cards charge an annual fee (although lots waive the first year fee) and there are always unavoidable taxes and fees to be paid when redeeming airline miles
(usually about $11.20 for a domestic round trip) .

You should practice saying this over and over because once you start travel hacking, it will get in your DNA and all your friends and family will want to know what you’re doing. “Strategically earning credit card sign-up bonuses to receive nearly free travel“. I would love to teach you how to get started with a free custom plan created just for you.

Your Card Points has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Your Card Points and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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