Episode 94: 6 Travel Hacking Mistakes To Avoid

Travel hacking mistakes to avoid

Since I started travel hacking around 2015, I’ve traveled all across the world either cheaply or for free. However, I have a confession to make. I’ve made my fair share of credit card mistakes. Listen to this episode to hear about all the embarrassing travel hacking mistakes I’ve made over the years as well as how to avoid them.

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A special thank you to Tempe Tourism for sponsoring this episode of The Thought Card Podcast — discover three impressive Tempe art attractions in Episode 91 – Where To Experience Culture & Art in Tempe, Arizona.


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Credit Card Travel Hacking Mistakes and Blunders

In this episode, we cover:

  • Lacking a spending plan
  • Missing credit card sign-up bonuses
  • Paying unnecessary annual fees
  • Incurring foreign transactions fees while abroad
  • Missing valuable earning opportunities
  • Expiring points and miles

Resources Mentioned

CardPointers (app): Helps you use the right card for every purchase — when you’re on the go or just shopping online — all automatically. 

AwardWallet (service): Track all of your loyalty points in one place including current balances, expiration dates, and credit card renewal dates.

Jet Set 101: Becoming a Travel Hacker (on-demand course): In this course, learn how to turn regular spending into airline miles and hotel points, saving thousands of dollars in travel costs.

Here’s a list of my favorite travel hacking credit cards

Other Travel Hacking Episodes You’ll Enjoy

If you are interested in travel hacking, listen to Episode 93 where I share ways to earn points and miles without traveling or Episode 79 where Julia Menez shares how to get free hotel upgrades and other cool travel hacking secrets you may not be aware of.

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