Y’all: When I tell you I’m about that budget travel life, I mean it. Yes, we paid off our debt and saved enough to travel for a year, but does that mean we start being bougie and drop being budgety? FEH. Smart spending is a lifestyle, friends — so you won’t be surprised when I tell you that we’re also getting free flights using credit card points and basically flying everywhere for nothing.
Pero like, wheeeet?
Learning how credit card points work
I was always very, very confused when people put words like “credit cards” and “points” in the same sentence. Like, what? I thought us Adults were out here dealing in dollars, not Monopoly money. Stop playing, I’m broke.
But then that incredible Chase Reserve deal of a Millennial lifetime came around, and suddenly, everyone around me was talking about pOiNtS like it really meant something. It finally felt like there was an opening for me to actually understand this whole credit card rewards thing. I half expected to bust down an Internet door and find that it was all a high-level Joanne the Scammer scam.
Oh, wrong I was.
Hacks on hacks for free flights
This was one of my first experiences with what I think is the #1 most important money lesson to learn: Money is a game. Most of us are bad at it because no one taught us the rules. But once you learn the rules to the game, you can play the shit out of it.
And play that shit I did. Eventually, I learned a few workarounds to the basic credit card rewards system. At first, I was like, “Hold up. You’re telling me that in order to get points and flights and cool shit, I have to apply for this credit card and spend money? I have to go into debt?! I KNEW THIS WAS A GODDAMN TRAP.”
But here’s the fun part: I dug around the Interwebs and learned a few more ways to hack the original hack. (Hacks on hacks on hacks, some might say.) Not only did I teach myself how to get those free flights — I also figured out three ways to do it without going into debt.
Y’know what? Lemme stop talking. I made a whole, obnoxious video to walk you through it.
Now, your turn: What are your favorite travel hacks?