The term “hack” implies something shady, for example, breaking into a computer. In comparison, when used in the context of “travel,” it simply means that you are maximizing resources to your advantage.
Broadly applied, it means being travel-savvy and navigating the complex travel industry. Firstly, when done correctly, travel hacking will save you time. Secondly, it will save you money. Most importantly, it will minimize potential issues while on the road.
Common travel hacking involves earning points via credit cards, airlines, and hotels; however, there are many other ways to hack your way into free or less expensive travel.
For years, I have been using a combination of travel hacks. I often fly free, my hotels are free, and I am no stranger to upgrades.
Where To Start?
The Internet is full of advanced tips, tricks, and hacks (and I cover many of them o this site), but many people don’t know where to start. Because there are so many credit cards and programs to choose from, the process may seem daunting. How do you choose a credit card? What is the best way to maximize your points? What is the process of redeeming them for rewards?
It isn’t as hard as it seems to travel hack. Now that you know how to earn points and miles toward free travel by paying for groceries, gas, and dining out differently, you can start earning them immediately.
In reality, travel hacking is just a matter of being smart with spending on one or two credit cards. That’s all you need to do.
Here are practical ones you can use today to earn free travel or avoid costly mistakes.
Take advantage of every opportunity. Take advantage of the welcome offer, earn points, and repeat! As long as you don’t spend unnecessary money, you’ll eventually reach your goal and enjoy some awesome travel benefits!