"How do you afford to travel?"
The question I get asked the absolute most.
Well, first things first, I work full-time so I do actually work to pay for these trips lol but I do have some tricks that genuinely help me travel cheaper and more often!
I have two credit cards that are travel based aka the reward they give me for using the card can only be redeemed for travel in some sort of way!
This post is not sponsored in anyway but I am going to add a couple links for you guys to use that 1) help you and 2) help me!
Southwest Airlines Credit Card
My absolute favorite airline (for domestic flights) and favorite credit card!
How I use it: I basically buy and pay for everything on this card. And then I just pay it off. That way I'm racking up points instead of just spending money with no reward!
I have loved this credit card because the interest really isn't that high. It has a pretty good $ limit so if you're someone looking for a credit card to be used as an emergency card this is a great option! I've never had a single issue with this card - it's through Chase bank and I've always enjoyed their customer service. The card I have is free, a lot of travel reward based credit cards aren't so this is a huge plus!
You get 1 Southwest Airlines point for every dollar spent and you 2 points for every dollar spent through their website - whether that is buying flights, booking hotels, rental cars, etc
Again, Southwest is my favorite for domestic flights so having the points available to fly somewhere potentially free is so nice. We both flew to Chicago for free (roundtrip) and also were going to fly to Hawaii for free with our points, I've made plenty of trips to visit family for free too! So the points really do pay off!
The link below is a personal link that I wanted to share with you because if you apply for any Southwest credit card with this link, you get 40.000 points literally just for getting the card (y'all that is a LOT) and I get 10,000 for referring you!
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CREDIT CARD LINK:
Earn 40,000 points with any Southwest personal Credit Card and business owners can earn 60,000 points with the Southwest Premier Business Credit Card.
Hilton Honors AMEX Credit Card
We haven't had the chance to redeem our points from using the credit card yet but I do like it! We've dubbed this as our "how we buy stuff on vacation credit card" lol.
We didn't want to go crazy with multiple cards so that's just our reasoning for not using this one as often as the Southwest card :)
Again, this card is free. It doesn't have a super high interest rate. It's great for accumulating points to score free hotels!
You can use the points at any Hilton hotel, including all the branches off of Hilton like DoubleTree, Canopy, etc
We chose to go with a Hilton Hotel card versus other major hotel's because we have never stayed in a Hilton where we didn't enjoy our stay. They go above and beyond for their guests, have the best and most beautiful resorts (if you're looking for a resort getaway, Hilton wins always in my opinion), and they just really put their best foot forward in all they do. Plus, there are Hilton's everywhere. The cool little overwater bungalows in French Polynesia? Hilton. The historical opera hotel in Paris? Hilton. I could go on and on but you get what I'm saying - Hilton is everywhere and Hilton is great!
The link I'm posting below is to apply for your own Hilton Honors AMEX and I'm going to go ahead and write what it says on my referral page:
"Each friend can earn 75,000 points. Hilton Honors Bonus Points after they use their new Hilton Honors Card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership..." - statement via AmericanExpress.com for the Hilton Honors Card
So... you do have to spend some money to get those points but what we did was buy groceries, gas, pay a bill or two to get the points and then paid it off. Super easy!
HILTON HONORS AMEX CREDIT CARD LINK:
Apply for an American Express Card with this link. We can both get rewarded if you're approved! http://refer.amex.us/DAKOTFWKYM?xl=cpub
If you have any questions about these cards, please feel free to reach out! You can also get more info by calling a customer service representative or going in to talk with a banker. who are typically very helpful and informative on the best choices for you!
Happy traveling, friends!
*This is not a sponsored post but this post does contain links that earn me points for my own personal travel. I am not responsible in any way for how you choose to use the above information and/or if you choose to click the links and further the application for the credit cards. I am not responsible for how you choose to use the credit cards above. As always, all words and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated (see in quotes).*