The Beginners Guide To Travel Hacking

Travel hacking is just a fancy term that entails using existing systems to your advantage to get discounted and free airfare, hotels, car rentals, and other travel expenses. 

What is Travel Hacking?

Travel hacking is the process of using existing systems to travel on a discount or for free. 

6 Steps to Travel Hacking

For beginners, there are six steps that you need to know to start travel hacking. You can get started on steps 1-4 today pretty easily, and then steps 5-6 are ongoing steps that you will use over and over again as you get more familiar with travel hacking. 

Step 1: Sign Up For Airline Rewards Programs

It’s best to pick one airline that you can frequently fly from your home airport. Signing up is the easy part, but accumulating miles takes time.  

Similar to airline miles, hotel points are best when accumulated with one hotel brand. Try to sign up for one and stick with it where you can. 

Step 2: Sign Up For Hotel Rewards Programs

Step 3: Research Credit Cards

The most important (and most beneficial) step to travel hacking is researching credit cards. Every credit card will have its advantages, but there is no doubt that some are better than others.

Once you’ve researched and selected your first credit card, it’s time to apply. Before doing so, check your credit score to ensure your score is high enough to get approved for the card you selected.

Step 4: Get Your First Credit Card

Once you’ve gotten your credit card bonus and accumulated some points over the first 3-6 months, you can consider using your points and rewards! A sign-up bonus can likely cover a couple of domestic round trip tickets, but if you want to cover an entire vacation, you might need to wait 6+ months to earn enough credit card points. 

Step 5: Use Your Points and Reward Programs!

To continue travel hacking, you should look to get a new credit card about every six months. This is not an exact number of months you need to follow, but it’s a reasonable guideline. 

Step 6: Get a New Credit Card Every 6 Months

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