Tips for earning points and miles with Lisette Austin.

Lisette Austin a.k.a. Jet Set Lisette is an award-winning travel expert who has saved over $110,000 in travel costs. She’s the host of The Globetrotter Lounge, a travel podcast that highlights creative ways women travel more. I was even a guest on her show where I shared how to make travel a financial priority. When she is not traveling the world with her family, you can find her teaching others how to earn and maximize travel rewards in her online course JetSet 101: Becoming a Travel Hacker.

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In this episode, Lisette shares how you can obtain financial freedom through points and miles, and how racking up millions of airline miles and hotel points has contributed to her traveling to over 26 countries and 157 cities.

In this episode we cover:

  • How travel hacking has changed her life.
  • How to better manage your finances while travel hacking so you do not get into debt or pay interest.
  • Tips for earning points and miles after getting lucrative sign-up bonuses.
  • Recommended resources for learning how to travel hack.

Resources Mentioned

YNAB (You Need A Budget): A budgeting tool designed to help you reach your financial goals.

Million Mile Secrets: A website that shares travel rewards secrets so that everyone can travel big on a small budget.

Award Wallet: Helps you track all of your loyalty points including frequent flier miles, hotel points, dining rewards, and shopping rewards. 

Affording Travel: Step-by-step guide for saving for travel and making it a financial priority in your life.

Connect with Lisette Austin


Facebook: @jetsettelisette

Course: JetSet 101: Becoming a Travel Hacker

Facebook: @jetsetlisette

Instagram: @jetsetlisette

Recommended Episodes Featuring Lisette Austin:

How This Flight Hacker Has Saved $105,000 in Travel Costs

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Cody Berman of Fly to FI Travel Hacking

Learn how to optimize your finances by taking advantage of credit card travel rewards!

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In this episode, Cody Berman shares how you can optimize your finances and take advantage of travel hacking to travel inexpensively. He shares simple tips for signing up for your first travel rewards credit card and the important things to watch out for.

Cody Berman is a 20-something year old entrepreneur on the road to financial independence.

At the age of 22, he quit his corporate banking job to pursue entrepreneurship full time. He is passionate about designing a life that you love while simultaneously dominating your finances.

In this episode we cover:

  • The best starter credit cards for travel hacking beginners
  • The Capital One Venture credit card benefits we love:
    • 2x miles on every dollar
    • Earn 10x miles at
    • $0 intro for the first year and $95 after that
    • $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck
    • No foreign transaction fees
    • Points easy to redeem
  • What happens when you don’t meet the minimum spend
  • Some ways to help you meet the minimum spend
    • Prepay bills
    • Get an authorized user
  • Tips for getting the best redemptions when using points and miles

What is travel hacking?

Travel hacking is when you take advantage of credit card rewards to travel inexpensively or free.

The most common way to travel hack is to take advantage of credit card sign up bonuses. For example, when you sign up for a new credit card and spend $3,000 in three months, you get 50,000 points which is equivalent to $500 in free travel.

Which credit card do you recommend for tracking having newbies?

Cody Berman

My favorite credit card for someone just getting started is the Capital One Venture credit card.

The sign-up bonus might change but with the Capital One Venture credit card, you earn 75,000 points when you spend $5,000 within the first three months of opening the card.

At $0.01 per point, that means you get $750 in travel credit.

With that travel credit, you can wipe out anything coded as “travel”. This includes Airbnb stays, Uber rides, car rentals, airfare, hotel stays and more.

Resources Mentioned:

Award Hacker – Free tool to help search for the best award flights.

Airbnb – Book unique homes and experiences around the world.

How to Use the Capital One Venture for Travel Rewards – Fly to FI

Connect with Cody Berman


Podcast: The FI Show

Facebook: @flytofi

Twitter: @flytofi

If you loved this episode, you’ll also enjoy this points and miles episode with Brandon Neth.

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Brandon Neth from is an entrepreneur, real estate investor and travel enthusiast.

Brandon Neth left the U.S. for the first time in 2008 destined to teach English in Thailand. Him and his wife left with only $3,500 to their name. Twenty-two months later they returned home addicted to travel.

During their time abroad, Brandon taught English in China and India and worked in Australia for a year where he made some serious cash. Knowing he wanted to continue his nomadic lifestyle, Brandon tried a little bit of everything, however, when he discovered points and miles, it all came together.

Combining entrepreneurship, side hustles, investing and real estate, Brandon Neth continues his nomadic lifestyle by diversifying his income streams.

How to take advantage of points and miles, side hustles, and leverage real estate to build wealth.

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Sixty-four countries later, Brandon and his wife travel six months out of the year. In addition to owning several real estate properties, Brandon works at, a personal finance site that provides valuable and entertaining content about personal finance and travel. 

In this episode we chat about:

  • Why using credit cards is a good idea if you want to travel more
  • Brandon’s favorite credit cards for travel rewards
  • What to look out for when getting a new credit card
  • How Brandon saved $100,000 working in Austraulia on the working holiday visa
  • Examples of side hustles that work
  • What digital nomads should look for when picking to live in a new destination including: internet speed, friendly locals, affordable standards of living, easy local laws and delicious food.
  • How to get started house hacking and leveraging real estate
  • Investing in ETFs and index funds

Resources Mentioned

Connect with Brandon Neth:


Instagram: @financebuzztravel

Pinterest: @financebuzzoffical

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How the Delta SkyMiles Companion Certificate Saves You Money

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 cardmember, you automatically get a companion certificate every year you renew your credit card and pay the annual fee of $195.

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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 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
  • 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, 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.

Not sure when to book the cheapest flights, check out Episode 5 where we chat about the latest airfare trends and the best times to book a flight deal.

What’s your favorite thing about earning and redeeming points and miles?

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