Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact, it can even be almost free!
Signing up for a frequent flyer account with different airlines and accumulating miles every time you fly is a good idea but it will take forever to earn your free ticket.
Did you know that you can earn miles without stepping foot on an airplane? And much faster too.
Take advantage of the many credit cards out there that provide excellent bonuses for signing up.
These two cards do not charge foreign transaction fees, provide you with 10%/20% off when you redeem with your points, and allow you to transfer the points over to participating frequent travel programs -airlines and hotels.
Citi / Advantage Platinum
With the 50,000 sign-up bonus miles after spending $3000 in the first 3 months, you can get one international round-trip ticket or two domestic round-trip tickets!
I love this card because I can use the American Advantage miles to fly with my two favorite airlines, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
Not only does this card have a great bonus – 50,000 points (equivalent to$625) after you spend $4000 in the first three months, but it has many perks.
You can use this card for flights and hotels. I personally like to use it for booking accommodations. There are many hotels to choose from and you can save 20%. For example, if a room is for $100, you only need 8000 points to book.
I was able to lower accommodation expenses by booking part of my stay with my Chase Rewards when I went to Europe and Japan. I personally like to pay for less expensive hotels and book nicer ones with my miles.
If you decide not to use the points for travels, you can even take it out as cash, $625!
With the bonuses of these two cards, your international flight and at least 6 nights of accommodation are covered. Or you use it for a domestic trip for two people.