Award Travel Series: Your First Five Credit Cards

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As the world continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and a vaccine is in sight, the thought of travel is slowly starting to trickle back in to the realm of possibility. Banks and credit card companies have redoubled their efforts in the home stretch of the year in an effort to make up for lost profits in Q1-3, which means increased welcome bonuses and a barrage of deals becoming available. If you plan to travel at all in the next 12-18 months (I know I am), now is the time to start building your points and miles balances so you can take advantage of these opportunities.

In the Award Travel Introduction, I went through some travel hacking terminology and explanations of transferable currencies, which are far and away the most powerful way to maximize your award travel options. As was initially mentioned, credit card signup bonuses are the most lucrative method of earning miles and points, especially transferable currencies, and so today we’re going to outline the first 5 credit cards you should consider opening to get the most free travel possible (hint: they earn transferable currencies!).

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Award Travel Series: Chase Freedom Flex (New!)

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Earlier this month, Chase announced a major update to their credit card offerings and the Ultimate Rewards ecosystem – a massive expansion of benefits and Ultimate Rewards earning opportunities and a new card, the Freedom Flex (replacing the old Freedom.)

The Freedom Flex is now one of the best no-fee cards available.

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Award Travel Series: Credit Score and Annual Fees

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This series is all about helping new travel hackers take advantage of the benefits offered by airlines, hotels, and credit cards in order to travel more for pennies on the dollar. To those unfamiliar with award travel, there is often a great deal of skepticism–and rightfully so, in many cases. Two of the biggest common concerns are worries about their credit score plummeting and the cost of credit card annual fees.

Today I’ll show you why neither of those are cause for concern.
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Award Travel Series: Cashback Credit Cards

Here at Go Curry Cracker, we advocate for transferable miles and points that can be transferred to airlines and hotels to reap substantial rewards. But as they saying goes, “cash is king” and in today’s uncertain circumstances there are situations where being able to redeem rewards for real cash can be the most beneficial choice. Today we’ll discuss which cash back credit cards offer the best benefits and return for your everyday spending.

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Award Travel Series: Alternative Redemptions for Miles & Points

The travel industry has experienced a gigantic upheaval since the onset of COVID-19. Stock markets are down 25-30%, jobless rates have reached unprecedented levels, and airlines have come to a screeching halt.

Since it is unclear when things might return to “normal”, and many can benefit from cash now vs travel later, here are three ways to cash out your points for immediate value.

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