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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Award Travel Series: Transferable Currencies Explained

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In last week’s article, I gave a high-level view of award travel by introducing terminology, outlining basic earning and redemption strategies, and, hopefully, enticing you to give this travel hacking thing a shot yourself. 

That post included a lot of information in a small number of words, so over the next few weeks I’ll be circling back to unpack various topics to explain them in more detail to give a deeper understanding of how to best use miles and points for luxury travel. I’ve also made note of the ideas and suggestions mentioned in the comments which I will weave into future posts. 

Today, I’ll cover one of the most important topics in award travel: transferable currencies

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Introduction to Travel Hacking – Award Travel Series

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GCC: Welcome to the new Go Curry Cracker Award Travel series, featuring author and master travel hacker Brandon Chase. How to travel further/cheaper/more often/more luxuriously has been a much requested topic and it has finally arrived.

“Travel Hacking”, “Award Travel”, “The Hobby” – whatever you call it, the concept is the same: leveraging rewards programs to travel more frequently and luxuriously while paying less out of pocket.

In an age of dizzying advertisements and nonstop promotions from banks, hotels, and airlines all vying for your eyes and dollars it can be difficult to decipher the most advantageous programs to focus your attention on. However, if you are able to distill the overwhelming amount of noise down to useful and actionable strategies, the benefits can be incredible. I’m here to help you do that.

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