So, What Exactly Does 100,000 American Airlines Miles Get Me?

Hi Travel Junkies,

Last month I shared an amazing opportunity to earn 100,000 American Airlines (AA) miles just by opening a credit card and checking account and jumping through a couple of small hoops.

These types of opportunities are incredibly lucrative and a no-brainer for any points/miles enthusiast. Certainly anyone who is a fan of cheap travel would jump at this, right?


In fact, I was downright shocked at the lack of attention that this particular strategy seemed to get. Even my most loyal readers were lukewarm about the opportunity.

And after looking through the results of our latest reader survey I now know why.

Because nobody gets excited about earning “miles”! After all, “miles” taken out of context are just a number on a computer screen.

It’s the cheap travel that you are really after.

And the connection between “X number of miles” and “cheap travel” is not always an easy one to make. Especially for those of you who are new to this game.

So today I am going to provide a more concrete example of why this particular opportunity is so great. One that you could take advantage of right away if you so choose.

Drumroll please…….

I just booked a trip to spend a long weekend in Spain with my wife this coming January.

It’ll be a short one, just a couple days in Barcelona followed by a couple days in Madrid. Which is fine by me. Long weekends in Europe are one of my favorite trips anyway.

(Especially when the average temperature is 30 degrees warmer than it is in the Midwest)

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Reader Success Story: A Weekend in Vegas for $7.47

One of the things I love most about 10xT is hearing some of the amazing successes that my readers have been able to accomplish.

Today’s story was of particular interest to me because it involved one of my favorite weekend destinations on the planet. Las Vegas.

Long time 10xT reader Todd Garrison just got back from a weekend in Sin City that cost him a whopping $7.47. Here’s how he did it, in his own words.

Todd Garrison Hard Rock


Vegas for $7.47? With a free flight on a Boeing 737? 

At first I thought it would be impossible, but I just returned from 4 nights and 3 days in Sin City that set me back less than $10.

I knew I would be in for a treat, but was surprised when my entire hotel bill ended up being less than the price of an inexpensive cocktail (which come to think of it does not exist in Vegas).  The bill included the room rate, taxes, resort fees, more than half of my meals, and a sizeable number of my drinks. Continue Reading


How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass for 2016 and 2017

Hi Travel Junkies,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No, I’m not talking about the holidays (which seem to start earlier each and every year).

I’m talking about the most lucrative points/miles opportunity in the business, the Southwest Companion Pass.

My wife and I each have the Companion Pass (we love to travel with an entourage) and we have used it to travel with friends to Vegas, Orlando, Austin, Cancun, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, the Dominican Republic, NYC, and many other destinations in the last 12 months alone.

Cancun Legs

Flamingo Pool Side

Today we are going to talk about how YOU can do the same by earning the Southwest Companion Pass for almost 2 full years.

But before we do that, let’s quickly review how the Southwest Companion Pass works.

What is the Southwest Companion Pass?

The Southwest Companion Pass is a pass that allows you to bring a companion on any Southwest flight that you fly for free.  It doesn’t matter if you paid for your Southwest flight with points, cash, or if someone else booked it for you (work travel, friends, etc.).

As long as you are physically on the plane you have the ability to bring your companion with you absolutely free (except for taxes and fees).

The only exception is that you cannot book companion tickets if you are on someone else’s companion ticket. That would be too easy. Continue Reading

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5 Thoughts: Amsterdam

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Amsterdam for a quick weekend trip this past February.

Here are 5 thoughts I had after my trip.

Bryce in Amsterdam1) Amsterdam is pretty small

Amsterdam feels more like a town than a city, and can easily be done in a weekend or as a stopover between two other major destinations if needed. I spent only a 2 days in the city and easily was able to see everything that I cared to see.

Amsterdam city is incredibly easy to navigate, very walkable (if you’re paying attention to the bicycle traffic), and quite compact.

Which means that unlike the New Yorks and Londons of the world, you don’t have to worry about paying top dollar to stay in the more trendy neighborhoods of the city. Anywhere should do just fine. Continue Reading


I’m Giving Away A $100 Visa Gift Card (Survey)

Hi Travel Junkies,

I’m giving away a $100 gift card to a random USA-based reader who completes my new blog survey by Sunday, November 15th at 11:59PM EST. (Note: You must be an email subscriber to win.)

Here’s the link to take the survey.

The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and will help us to make 10xTravel even better for you in the coming months.

100 Gift Card Giveaway

It will also help me determine what my readers think about the biggest question of the year. Whether a hotdog is considered to be a sandwich or just a hot dog. So don’t let me down.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Happy Travels,

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Discover Not Honoring Gift Card Purchases for 10% Bonus Cashback

Last month I introduced you to a potential opportunity to earn as much as $2,000 by taking advantage of an Apple Pay promotion by Discover.

I mentioned that it seemed too good to be true, but over the past few weeks I came to think that it might actually work.

As of this morning it appears that I was proven wrong after I (and hundreds of my readers) received this email from Discover.

Discover Cashback Deal Dead

Checking my email this morning looked a little something like this.


After browsing the usual forums and talking to some of my insiders this morning it appears that Discover is enforcing this rule manually. A number of people received the same emails for purchases that were entirely legitimate. Continue Reading


How I Saved $978.25 on My Vegas Trip (And How You Can Too)

Hey 10xT team,

Curtis Rummel here, the secret other half of 10xT.

My fiancée and I just got back from a last-minute weekend Vegas trip for my brother in-law’s birthday.

It was crazy (as Vegas always is), it was a blast and best of all I was able to save more than $975 by using points/miles. That’s a great feeling.

When you don’t have to care too much about the costs – you’re guaranteed to be a winner every time you go to Vegas. Which means you can splurge a little more.

Here’s how I did it.

Not too long ago I picked up a Capital One Venture Card, which is one of the cards that allow you to “erase” any travel purchase made with the card.

It also was offering a signup bonus of 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 in 3 months, which is worth $400 of free travel.

(You can read our full breakdown of the pros/cons of the Capital One Venture card here)

We used our Venture cards to book flights on Frontier, which was not the best flying experience of my life, and arrived in Vegas early on Friday morning.

Thanks to my Capital One Venture card, we were able to erase $482 of the flight cost. (Here’s a screenshot of my redemption)

Curtis Flight Redemption

In Vegas we ended up staying in a Signature Balcony Suite at The Signature at MGM Grand, which was fantastic. Our two nights costed $626.

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Side Hustle: How to Make Money by Selling Event Tickets Online

Two weeks ago I asked you to send me your best ideas for making a side income.

I got a few hundred responses, and they were entertaining to say the least. I’ll investigate a few of them and share the results in a future post.

But for today, let’s jump right in to it.

Today, I am going to show you how to make a side income by reselling tickets online.

Before we get in to the nuts and bolts of how to do this, let me take you back to where it all began.

It was the fall of 2007 and I was a young, broke college student looking for ways to earn a little bit of walking-around money.

Child Bryce

I was sitting in my dorm room browsing through Facebook Marketplace (back when this was a thing) looking to buy a Chemistry textbook when I saw 2 posts that caught my eye.

  1. Selling football ticket, $50
  2. Looking to buy football ticket, willing to pay $150.

Literally side by side, and posted within minutes of each other.

I figured it was a long shot, but I saw an opportunity to make a quick buck.

So I messaged each person, offered to buy the ticket from the first and sell to the second, and set up 2 meetings a block apart from each other.

I grabbed $50 cash, bought the ticket from the first person, then walked one block away and sold it for $150.

A profit of $100 with about 5 minutes of work.

Now I know that $100 doesn’t sound like a lot of money to some people, but at the time I felt like I had just made $10,000.

I was hooked. Continue Reading


New Look, Same Great Blog (And How Not to Name a Website)

Here’s a hot business tip to get today’s post started. If you’re ever considering starting your own website, think long and hard about what you want to name it.

I, unfortunately, did not heed this advice back in 2013 when I started GFF. In fact, the naming process went down a little something like this.

(Summer 2013 in a Panera in Columbus, OH)

Curtis (Co-Founder of GFF): We should start a website to show people how you use points/miles to get free flights.

Me: That sounds cool. What would we call it?

Curtis: Hmm… I don’t know. Get Free Flights? Looks like is available.

Me: (between bites of a cinnamon crunch bagel) Cool, let’s go with that.

I give more thought to the brand of ketchup I buy at the grocery store.

Which unfortunately has led to 2 years of answering many of the same questions.

  • Do you just give away free flights?
  • Is this some sort of scam?
  • I WANT A FREE FLIGHT WILL YOU GIVE ME ONE? (No joke, I get about 15 emails a week just like that. Most of which are in all caps)

And a number of headaches involving potential business partnerships and advertising opportunities.

(Turns out the word “free” attracts the wrong crowd. Lesson learned)

So, in an act that is long overdue, we have decided to rebrand. This time to something a little less gimmicky.


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How to Earn 50k AA Miles ($500+ Value) by Opening a Checking Account

Good Morning Travel Junkies,

It’s been a great couple months in the points/miles game and today’s news only contributes to our recent success

Last week, Citibank upped the bonus on their Citigold checking account to 50,000 AA miles.

Citi Packages

You read that right, 50,000 American Airlines miles simply for opening a checking account and jumping through a couple hoops.

(Check out this page for the entire list of terms and conditions)

I hate to beat a dead horse here, but I did just used 50,000 American Airlines miles to book a $7,000 business class flight to Europe.

AA IG Snapshot

So there is some serious value to be had here. Continue Reading