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5 First Steps for Travel Hacking

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If you’re new to this blog, one of the things I write about is travel hacking—the art of having incredible experiences that would otherwise be unobtainable for most people.

It’s a bit different from budget travel, which tends to focus on staying on hostels, flying on low-cost carriers (LCCs), etc. Travel hacking can not only help you travel, it can help you travel better.

I stumbled on this world by accident. I just wanted to learn to travel for less, and then I got upgraded on a transatlantic flight. When it happened again a year later, I was hooked. Then a couple years later, I began my quest to visit every country in the world.

Travel hacking allowed this experience to be much, much cheaper. I can say with confidence that a full third of the 11-year project was either free or nearly free thanks to miles and points.

If you’re like most people, you know a little about frequent flyer miles, but you may not know a) how to earn large amounts of them over and over, and b) how to best use those miles and points for incredible trips. That’s what it’s all about!

So here are five things you can do right away. Most of them are completely free, and two are low-cost.

1. Make sure you’re a member of at least 3 mileage programs.

You should never board a paid flight without a mileage number included on your boarding pass. This is free and easy to accomplish!

Which programs should you join? Well, start with the airlines you actually fly. And to be safe, you should probably be a member of one airline’s program in each airline alliance: Oneworld, Star Alliance, and SkyTeam.

A few links are below:

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Oneworld (Choose One)

Star Alliance (Choose One)

SkyTeam (Choose One)

North American Independent (Choose any that you fly)

International readers, you should join these programs too. They often offer better redemption opportunities than the national airlines in your country do. You can still join the national airlines’ programs too.

2. Earn miles and points for stuff you already do—like eating.

What if you could earn extra points for dining out at restaurants, bars, and coffee shops? Well, you can. Simply sign up with a program from Rewards Network, a company that provides miles and points bonuses for anything you purchase at qualifying restaurants.

For three years, my travel hacking colleague Stephanie Zito and I went on a “Dining Dash” (not to be confused with Dine and Dash) adventure to ten restaurants in a single day. We did this to requalify for VIP Member status, which earns you additional points through the year.

You don’t need to be so hardcore. Just sign up (it’s free) and you’ll automatically earn points and miles. It’s that simple!

3. Apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

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Despite many other changes happening in the travel hacking world, there’s no better single offer to earn a big bonus and then keep earning as you continue spending. If you can only get one card, this should probably be it.

It’s the #1 recommended card for a good reason:

  • You’ll earn 40,000 currently 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
  • You can also earn an extra 5,000 points when you add an authorized user within the first 3 months and they make a purchase of any amount (there’s no charge to add an authorized user, and no minimum spend to earn the additional bonus)
  • Ultimate Rewards points transfer (usually on a 1:1 basis) to nearly a dozen travel partners, including United, Hyatt, Marriott, British Airways, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, and Southwest Airlines
  • You’ll earn 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & one point per dollar spent on all other purchases (very helpful the next time you visit 12 restaurants in one day)
  • There are no foreign transaction fees (that’s why this is my primary card for travel)
  • The annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year (and if you want, you can cancel before it shows up in year two—though for many of us the card is well worth keeping)

–> Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

4. Learn how Round-the-World tickets work.

Round-the-World tickets issued by the three big airline alliances offer interesting opportunities for some people. When I was trying to go everywhere, they were ideal. I needed to get to Warsaw, Tallinn, Copenhagen, and Lisbon on a single trip—no problem. I needed to fly to places like Mongolia and Mauritius—totally doable.

The most economical way to use these tickets is to plan your origin (first flight) from a country that offers a cost advantage. Sure, you have to get to that country to begin, but once you’re earning a lot of miles, that shouldn’t be difficult. At the time I’m writing this, the countries with the most affordable pricing including Mozambique (so fly to Johannesburg and then hop over), Egypt, and Sri Lanka. Read more here.

(Note: if this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry about it. It’s a good option for frequent travelers, those going to unusual countries, or those who are taking time for an extended trip (3 months – 1 year.).

5. Consider a trial in the Travel Hacking Cartel.

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Seven years ago, I founded a deal alert service to help travelers earn miles without becoming an expert or reading a thousand forum posts. I’m no longer actively involved in it, but it’s still pumping out deals week after week.

If you remain a member for at least a year, you’ll learn everything you need to earn large amounts of miles and points, how to use them to go anywhere you can image.

–> Get a free 14-day trial and see if it works for you.

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If you do at least four of these five steps, all of which are quick and easy, you’ll be off to a good start. See you in the airline lounge?

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The fear of failure is something that all of us encounter at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, that is just the way we are programmed as humans.

On the other hand there are many different ways that you can help eliminate the fear of failure today, tomorrow and beyond.

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Here is something that we might not think of as extremely important, but it is.

Think of it this way, the Fear of Failure is all psychology, we start thinking about the things that we want to achieve, then our minds start fighting back. That is just the way things work, and again how we are wired.

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Having the Right Idea of Failure

Here is a tricky one.

You might be thinking,

Why would knowing what failure is help me not fear it?

Well,

Knowing what failure is to your helps create a better understanding to what you are dealing with. Failure is different to every individual person.

For example, my biggest idea of failure is letting people down. Whereas you might be afraid not to land a job, or finish school or get that big promotion. Failure is a HUGE thing in our lives, and we are burdened each and every day with it.

Knowing what failure is to you, will help you have the right approach when combating it.

Accepting that Failure is a part of the “Process”

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It is natural to fear something that is inevitable, which is one of the biggest reasons why we always are discouraged when failure does hit. However, if we are heading into Life’s ventures knowing that at some point we are going to face failure, then when that time comes its easier.

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Here is the most important of these 4 ways to Eliminate the Fear of Failure, having the right Support System.

Now,

This doesn’t always have to mean having 1 person to lean on when things get rough. First and foremost you have to be able to support yourself through everything that happens in life and success. Failure is again going to happen.

You might have that one person who is there and always has believed in you no matter what, or you may have yourself.

Whatever the case may be, you must be able to count on that one person to be there when failure hits. Knowing that someone has your back, will ease your mind and oftentimes you won’t even think about the failures anymore.

Regardless,

Support is the biggest deterrent in any sort of fear based system. Once again, this is all about psychology, and if our minds aren’t thinking about failure, or don’t have to worry if failure happens, then we live our lives in a much better light.


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