Looking for ways to earn free trips? Look no further than your own credit card because, depending on the card, you could be earning points toward your next trip with every purchase you make.
Find the right credit card: Not every credit card has points programs, so do your research before you apply. Read the fine print. What restrictions are there for when and how you can use your points? Do they expire? Can you transfer them to someone else? Can you donate them? If you are applying for a credit card especially because of the loyalty program, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. According to NerdWallet.com, not all air travel points are created equal. For example, Air Canada’s Aeroplan program can link fliers with Air Canada partners like Lufthansa and United.
Sign up for loyalty programs: Once you find the right credit card, make sure that you sign up for airline and hotel loyalty programs, especially those that you use frequently. Then, every time you purchase tickets or book a reservation, use the credit card you chose (above) so the points are applied. Some loyalty programs offer levels of membership, which are often rewarded with more points and perks. Look into what program best suits your needs and travel habits.
Understand the points system: Points convert to miles, so you need to know how to convert yours when it’s time to redeem for free trips.
Plan accordingly: There are some days that you won’t be able to use your reward points. These are called ‘blackout dates.’ At the same time, blackout dates in the United States don’t always mean blackout dates in other countries, where you might be able to book a good deal.
Use a travel agent: They will know about the most up-to-date information you need on flights and can even use your points to book your reservations.
Using your credit cards wisely can help you to save on airfare, hotels, car rentals and more. Make your next trip, and maybe even your bucket trip, more affordable.
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