For my first blog post I wanted to discuss ways to make travel affordable for everyone. Looking up costs of plane tickets and hotel rooms online could be downright overwhelming. I know it may sound cliche but take advantage of loyalty and rewards programs, there really are so many AWESOME benefits.
1. LOYALTY PROGRAMS
There are so many ways to take advantage of loyalty programs. I am a member of every one I could get my hands on. Expedia.com and Hotels.com are two of my favorites. The best part is, loyalty and reward programs are FREE for the consumer – they are to help encourage customers to return back to their company.
With Expedia.com every purchase on their website (whether it is for hotel rooms, flights, vacation packages, or even renting a car) earns you points, points you can redeem for free stuff! You can even get up to 3x the rewards points for booking through their mobile app! The more points you get the higher you move up in their loyalty program. The higher you move up in their loyalty program, the more points you earn per purchase. IT PAYS TO BE LOYAL, seriously. To earn additional points I even book for my friends and family. Yes ladies and gentlemen that’s right, you don’t have to be the one traveling – just have to book it under your account to earn the travel. Become a friends and family “travel agent”, or if your friends and family don’t travel often just ask if they can book it under your account to help you earn points.
With Hotels.com just for signing up you earn additional discounts on select hotels! One of the best perks with Hotels.com is that for every 10 nights you purchase you get 1 free. These nights don’t have to be consecutive, and just like Expedia.com they don’t have to be booked for you, just booked under your account. You can accumulate nights until you eventually earn yourself enough for a free hotel stay for the duration of your desired vacation.
Also signing up for loyalty and rewards programs with individual hotel chains could earn you free nights at hotel chains nationwide. I sign up for every hotel that I stay that. When you book through Expedia.com or Hotels.com they will allow you to put in your loyalty number for that hotel. Guess what? THAT’S AWESOME. Not only are you getting points through the website you booked through, but you’re also getting points with that hotel for free stays and upgrades.
2. CREDIT CARDS
YES, that’s right. Credit cards. Look for credit cards that help with travel expenses like the Delta American Express Card. This is only one of the many options (research which card best fits your travel needs).
The Delta Amex Card earns you miles for EVERY purchase you make. You don’t have to be flying on Delta to use the card. You can be buying gas, at the grocery store, buying clothes, etc. Every purchase earns you miles. With every purchase you are closer to earning a free flight. We all know that airlines now charge baggage fees. With the Delta Amex card your first bag is free (as long as its associated with your Frequent Flyer number), and not only if YOUR first bag free, but the first bag of everyone traveling with you is also free (up to 6 people(?))
**For a LIMITED TIME (until November 17, 2015) Delta is offering 50,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit just for getting approved** You can only receive this special offer by clicking here and applying today.
The Bank of America Travel Credit Card boasts that is has NO ANNUAL FEE. Also this card has no foreign transaction fee and it’s EMV chip enabled. It earns 1.5 points on every $1 spent; these points can be redeemed for travel in the form of hotels, flights, rental cars and more by calling or going online and requesting a statement credit.
**Sign Up Bonus: 20,000 online bonus points if you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days — that can be a $200 statement credit toward travel purchases**
There are so many things you can do to earn free hotels and flights. You just have to pick the method that best works for YOU.