How to Travel for Free with Travel Rewards Credit Cards

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(Nearly) free travel is possible with travel rewards credit cards, but you have to know how to use them. Here, I’ve assembled all of my best tips to teach you how to travel for free by using sign-up bonuses and special offers. Once you’ve earned a healthy stash of points and miles, learn how to redeem them for fabulous family vacations around the world.

Now, nothing is ever truly free. There are always taxes and fees and other incidental expenses. But the more money you save on boring things like airfare and hotels, the more money you can spend making memories with your kids. Follow along as I show you how. Feel free to contact me with any questions and follow me on social media:

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How to Use Travel Rewards

  • Flexible Rewards
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  • Hotel Rewards
  • Trip Reports

Evaluating Value American Express Platinum Card

American Express Platinum Card has a hefty $550 annual fee. But with 60,000 Membership Rewards bonus points for signing up and meeting the minimum spending, you can redeem those points for a lot of free travel. Find out how I got almost $1,300 in free travel with my bonus through transfers to travel partners.

Evaluating Value Alaska Airlines Visa

Even though the Alaska Airlines Visa has an annual fee of $75, it's still a card worth keeping in your wallet thanks to great redemption options and an annual companion fare. Here's how I redeemed my bonus Mileage Plan Miles from the Alaska Airlines Visa for almost $1,100 in the first year!

Redeeming Hilton Honors Points

Redeeming Hilton Honors points for great value is challenging. But thanks to Standard Room Rewards, paying with points and money, and pooling points with family and friends, it is possible to book stays at amazing Hilton properties around the world for great value if you know how to use them.

How We Saved Over $1,200 on a Las Vegas Vacation

A Las Vegas vacation can be expensive, especially if you want to stay on the Strip. Add in food, drinks, and gambling, and you're in for a hefty price tag. But with rewards from travel credit cards, here is how we saved over $1,200 on our 3 night Las Vegas vacation in February 2018.

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