Kylie Neuhaus is a British expat living in the USA. She enjoys drone photography and writes about expat life, the USA Green Card process and finding unique, active adventures in England, Iowa and everywhere in-between. She’s a lover of all things adrenaline including paragliding in New Zealand, glacier hiking in Austria and camel trekking in Morocco.
In this episode we talk about:
Emigrating to the USA
The ongoing visa and visa extension process
The difference between a visa and a green card
Ideas for what to include in your cover letter when looking for a job as an expat
Solo travel as a married woman
Ways to earn extra miles with American Airlines
Differences between healthcare in the USA and UK
How loyalty to airlines may not be the best strategy
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If round-trip tickets from New York City to San Francisco cost $317 per person (at the time of booking), how did I manage to only spend $345 for 2 round-trip tickets? I share this buy one, get one free deal and more in today’s episode!
Today we’re going to talk about the Delta SkyMiles companion certificate. If you don’t already know, the Delta SkyMiles Companion Certificate is one of the exclusive perks that come with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card. As a card member, you automatically get a companion certificate every year you renew your credit card and pay the annual fee of $195.
To some this might sound steep but hear me out.
I love the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card because the companion certificate allows you to buy one round-trip main cabin ticket and get another round-trip main cabin ticket for free. You’re only responsible for paying the taxes and fees on the freebie.
Why is the companion certificate so beneficial?
Although the upfront cost is $195, the Delta SkyMiles companion certificate works great if you want to book a round-trip flight with your significant other, family or friend that costs more than the credit card’s annual fee.
Since most round-trip flights within the U.S. generally costs more than $195, you’ll reap the benefits right off the back by redeeming your companion certificate.
Remember the goal here is to offset the credit card fee so use the companion certificate on flights which cost more than $195.
How to find your Delta SkyMiles companion certificate:
Step 1: Log In to Delta.com with your Delta SkyMiles information.
Step 2: Navigate to “SkyMiles” → “Manage Your Account”.
Step 3: Next go to “My Delta” → “My Wallet”.
Step 4: Inside “My Wallet” click on “Credits and Certificates”.
Step 5: Select your certificate and go on to booking your flights.
Important things to remember:
The companion certificate can only be used on domestic flights within the contiguous 48 states. That means if you’re based in the states, no round-trip flights to Alaska, Hawaii, USVI or Puerto Rico.
The round-trip companion certificate has to be used on domestic main cabin or business class fares.
Both your ticket and your companion tickets has to be booked on the same flight.
You have to pay for taxes and fees of no more than $75 for domestic round-trip flights.
If you cancel your itinerary, you can’t reuse your companion certificate.
You must book and fly by the date listed on your certificate.
Can’t accrue miles from your companion certificate.
Can only claim this through delta.com.
You have to pay for these tickets with your Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card perks:
First checked bag free on Delta flights.
Access to priority boarding.
No foreign transaction fees.
2x Miles on Delta purchases like flights booked on Delta.com, seat upgrades and in-flight purchases.
If you’re interested in the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card sign up and get 60,000 SkyMiles (equivalent to a round-trip flight to Europe) after spending $2,000 in 3 months. This is a limited time offer.
What’s your favorite thing about earning and redeeming points and miles?
To listen to more episodes of The Thought Card don’t forget to find us on your favorite podcast player – Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher and leave us a thoughtful review.
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Eseosa “Sosa” Eke is a brand stylist and design consultant with a knack for helping real estate professionals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses build authentic and recognizable brands. At her 9-5 she runs the marketing department for The Bronx and Westchester’s largest privately held commercial real estate firm. Sosa is also my best friend and frequent travel companion. Over the years we’ve traveled to Bermuda, Iceland, and San Francisco together. This was Sosa’s second trip to Puerto Rico and my first.
In this episode we cover:
San Juan on a budget
Our travel styles – why we love short trips
Our favorite things about San Juan, Puerto Rico
What we would do differently next time
San Cristóbal, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Condado Beach, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Getting an Airbnbin San Juan is an affordable way to save on lodging.
Uberis also affordable, fast and convenient in San Juan.
Helpful Tip: There are no Ubers available from San Juan International Airport (SJU) only metered taxis. Our 15 minutes taxi ride to our Airbnb (which cost $70 a night) in San Juan cost $26 which included tip.
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Christine Hasebrink is an adventurer, entrepreneur and a passionate safari guide.
After studying international business administration in the Netherlands and Hungary, she began her career as a Marketing Manager at one of the world’s leading auditing and management consultancies in Germany.
In 2014, she followed her inner voice and left Germany to become a trained safari guide in South Africa. Since then, Christine travels the world as a business oriented digital nomad and runs her own business where she rocks marketing projects for companies around the world.
She is bursting with energy, loves getting inspiration from the African Bush and is constantly evolving while following her heart.
In the episode we talk about:
Why Christine Hasebrink left her career in Germany to become a safari guide
What is a digital nomad?
The pros and cons of being a digital nomad
Porto, Portugal as an affordable destination for digital nomads
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This episode of The Thought Card was sponsored by Ally at #FinCon18.
After getting denied vacation time for the third time and having a friend pass away abruptly, Teri Ijeoma decided that life was too short to not pursue her dreams. Teri Ijeoma is an entrepreneur, day trader, and real estate broker who encourages people to become knowledgeable in stocks and real estate.
After lots of practice and taking a class learning how to trade in the stock market, Teri quit her job when she made enough money to replace her full-time income. Now Teri trades full-time and travels the world.
In addition to investing, Teri has over 10 years of experience in operations, logistics, staff development, non-profits, and education. Teri graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with her Bachelor of Management Science and got a Master of Media and Communications from Dallas Theology Seminary.
Teri shows us that if we put our fears aside, we can potentially add stock trading to our portfolio as a viable income source.
In this episode we cover:
What is a stock?
What is a brokerage account?
How Teri transitioned from working full-time to making over $1,000 a day trading and traveling.
Ways to talk to your boss about pursuing professional development opportunities.
How to get started with investing?
Teri recommends opening a stock brokerage account.
Look for brokerages with low fees or no minimums like Robinhood.
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Yvette Morrissey is a 29 year old digital nomad from New Zealand. Every six months she packs up her possessions and moves to a different country. She is currently working and living in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Yvette is a budget traveler and over on her blog Wayfaring Kiwi she talks about her travels around the world, working remotely, and her random, crazy adventures including hiking over 500 miles on the Scottish National Trail.
In this episode we talk about how she quit her job in New Zealand, saved $8,000 NZD in 2 months (starting with no savings) and sold everything she owned to travel the world solo. While exploring Canada for 7 months she lived in a van where she saved a lot of money on housing and learned how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Yvette introduces us to the concept of “accidental adventures” and teaches us how being open and following your intuition can lead to creating some of the most amazing and unexpected life experiences.
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Ever wondered when is the best time to buy flights? In this episode we pull back the curtain and take a look at CheapAir.com’s 2018 Airfare Study. This airfare study analyzes the latest airfare trends and bases its findings on 917 million flights listed on CheapAir’s website in 2017.
In this bonus episode we cover:
How many times flight prices change overtime.
Best and worst days to fly.
6 booking window zones including the best time to book the cheapest flights.
Cheapest day to book a flight.
When is the best time to buy flights?
Based on this study, here are the important things you need to know:
Airfares change every 5-6 days.
Use price alerts (from SkyScanner or Google Flights) to establish a fight price baseline and track price fluctuations.
When you see an amazing flight deal be ready to jump on it!
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