Award Travel Series: Business Credit Cards and Why You Should Apply

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Whether you’ve just gotten started or you’ve applied for your First Five Credit Cards, it would be wise to consider “business” credit cards.

If you’ve ever thought about applying for one only to deem yourself ineligible, it’s time to rethink your approach and take a closer look at these powerful pieces of plastic. You may be eligible for more rewards than you thought!

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Award Travel Series: Shopping Portals

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Recently we discussed how utilizing “cash back” credit cards is an useful tool in any travel hacker’s tool belt. Today, we’ll go over another way to maximize the return on your online purchases with just a couple of extra clicks.

Enter the world of shopping portals!
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Award Travel Series: Getting to Hawaii for Free with Ultimate Rewards

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We’ve beat the drum of transferable currencies and how powerful credit card welcome bonuses can be. Maybe you were even enticed by the recent highest-ever Welcome Bonus for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card (80,000 points after $4,000 spend in 3 months, a $1,000+ value. $95 annual fee.) Now it’s time to put that hard work to use by making a redemption using those points, and what better destination than Hawaii?
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Award Travel Series: Meeting Minimum Spend Requirements

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If you’ve been following along thus far, you have probably opened a credit card or two after reading about all the benefits and free travel that come along with them. As soon as you’re notified that you’ve been approved for the account, the clock starts on what is the determining factor in whether or not you will earn the welcome bonus: meeting a minimum spend requirement.

Today, I’ll explain several ways to meet these requirements and ensure you get the points you need for that sweet redemption.
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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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