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7 Tips for Choosing Your Honeymoon Destination

Luke Sims – 10xTravel Contributor

About a year ago my fiancé summoned me to the dreary wedding planning dungeon and placed a task on me so heavy my knees nearly buckled at the weight, “plan our honeymoon.”

Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s how I remember it. I was 22, so I hadn’t traveled much and I certainly had no experience figuring out what were the top priorities to consider for the most important trip of our lives (let’s be honest, sex was the only priority I could think of).

Choosing our destination was the first step. So, like with everything I do in life (even choosing the right bug spray) I started with an absurd amount of research.

I spent weeks drowning in “top 10 honeymoon” lists and rather unhelpful advice from family and friends. What I discovered is that there is plenty of information out there about what destinations are most visited for honeymoons and what spots have the most romantic views, but there is little about how to choose the right one for you.

Couple in white relax on a tropical beach at Maldives

So, I’ve developed a list of tips to ease your pain. This won’t be a step-by-step manual that leads you to the perfect destination. But, in a sea of unhelpful honeymoon information, I hope these tips simply help you narrow it down. (And I’ll sprinkle in some points/miles advise as a bonus)

Let’s face it, your honeymoon is a big damn deal and those U.S News Travel top 10 lists just aren’t cutting it. Continue Reading

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Introducing 10xT’s New Editor-in-Chief – Spencer Howard

Happy Friday Travel Junkies,

Today I want to take a moment to introduce you to 10xTravel’s new Editor-in-Chief, Spencer Howard!

Spencer Howard

Spencer is a veteran of the points and miles world and an expert on all things travel. He has been with us at 10xT for a few months already and has been a hit with our growing number of readers.

From this point forward Spencer will be overseeing all of the written content published on 10xT in addition to helping all of you with award bookings, travel recommendations, and any general questions that you may have.

You can reach Spencer by email at Spencer@10xTravel.com. Please join me in congratulating Spencer on his new role!

Happy Travels,

Bryce

 

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How to Get More Excitement Out of Your Next Vacation

Do you remember how you felt as a kid when you got a new toy?

I know I certainly do.

I don’t remember every experience, of course, but I do remember that feeling of unbridled excitement. The world just seems a bit brighter when you opened the wrapping and saw something so new. Your mind ran with ideas of how you would play and your creativity flowed without limits.

Little boy with wooden airplane in the field

But day by day that excitement waned. The toy became just another meaningless object in your endless box of toys and you were on to the next new thing.

The same phenomenon occurs when traveling.

Most travelers could experience this new excitement every single trip, but they don’t realize it. Every year they go to the same place, stay in the same hotel (even the exact room) and call it a “vacation”.

This is the old way of thinking about traveling. Choosing what is known and safe over adventure and excitement.

I want to encourage you to do the opposite.

Why? Continue Reading

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Reader Success Story: A Trip to Bucharest for Next to Nothing

Hi Travel Junkies,

Today I want to introduce you to longtime 10xT reader Jarrod, who is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps based out of greater Washington, DC. Jarrod has really taken well to the points/miles game and just got back from Bucharest, where his wife was able to visit him on deployment using points and miles.

So I invited him to come on to the blog and tell you how he did it. Take it away, Jarrod.

Jarrod1

While I was deployed to Romania for 9 months, my wife and I knew that she would come to visit. The only problem? How to pay for it all without fronting the money.

The solution? Bryce Conway and his 10xTravel tips! How I did it: Continue Reading

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Part 3: The Best Business Credit Cards on the Market

Spencer Howard – 10xTravel Contributor 

Disclosure: We receive compensation from some links that are on this site. We appreciate your support.

In Part 2 of our Introduction to Small Business Cards series, we discussed some perks that business cards can provide. You can check out Part 2 here.

If you missed Part 1, we covered who is eligible for business cards. Click here to find out if you can get a business card to boost your miles and points.

Now, let’s get to the fun part! What Card Should You Choose?

Working At Office

Now that you’ve discovered you are eligible for a small business card, you’ll need to figure out which card (or cards) will get you on your way to some amazing travel experiences.

Here are some of our top choices. Continue Reading

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card is Live!

Hi Travel Junkies,

The Chase Sapphire Reserve application is now publicly available!

The Sapphire Reserve is arguably the greatest travel credit card we have ever seen and I plan on getting one myself. Here’s why you should consider it too:

Chase Sapphire Reserve:

  • 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points (worth $1,500 when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards) after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months (valued at ~$1,500)
  • $450 annual fee
  • $300 annual travel credit
  • $100 Global Entry credit
  • Complimentary access to over 900 airport lounges
  • 3 points per $1 spend on travel and restaurants, 1 point per $1 on all else.

Personally I would value the 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points closer to $2,000 thanks to the ability to transfer them to Chase’s many travel partners (Southwest, United, Hyatt, Marriott, etc.). But even redeeming them through The Ultimate Rewards portal will get you at least $1,500 of travel.

The $300 annual travel credit is also an amazing perk because it can be used for travel purchases such as airfare and hotels. This certainly makes the $450 annual fee a little more bearable.

Bottom line, this card is an absolute must for any travel enthusiast.

Happy Travels,

Bryce

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Part 2: Small Business Credit Card Perks – Bringing Corporate Perks to Your Business

Spencer Howard – 10xTravel Contributor

Disclosure: We receive compensation from some links that are on this site. We appreciate your support.

When we last spoke, we explored who is eligible for a small business credit card. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the basics to help you get started.

Small Business Credit Cards

Points and Perks

Small business credit cards provide a great opportunity to utilize different bonus categories and enjoy a few other perks that can save you money or make your travel experience just a little bit better.

There are a number of possible bonus categories depending on the card you choose. Some of the categories include:

  • Airfare
  • Gas stations
  • Hotels
  • Office supply stores
  • Shipping
  • Telecommunications (hello, cell phone bills!)

With categories like these, small business cards will not only help you keep your business expenses separate, but also earn you some serious points you can use to travel.

But what about the perks?! Continue Reading

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New Card Alert: Chase Sapphire Reserve

Spencer Howard – 10xTravel Contributor 

Just when the summer credit card season was feeling a little dull, Chase swoops in with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

This card has the potential to be a strong choice for earning Ultimate Rewards points and enjoying some massive benefits.

Airport Lounges

What We Know:

Thanks to a leaked application today, we are able to share some details about what to expect from the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Several lucky folks were able to apply and be approved today but you will be able to get this card on August 21. Continue Reading

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Part 1: Small Business Credit Cards – Do You Need A Business To Get One?

Spencer Howard – 10xTravel Contributor 

Disclosure: We receive compensation from some links that are on this site. We appreciate your support.

Hey world travelers,

This is the first of a three-part series in which we’ll investigate how small business credit cards can play a role in your points-earning strategy.

Today, we’re going to start with one of the questions we hear most often.

“Who can get a small business credit card?”

If you’re like me, your first thought when you heard about business cards was something like:

“Those look great! But I don’t have anything that even resembles a business.”

Well, let’s get into that and investigate this assumption.

Man with laptop at coffee shop working on small business

Eligibility

So, who can get a business card? Business owners, of course!

Glad we could solve that mystery for you. Now, why did we need an article to tell us that? Continue Reading

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Step-by-Step How to Profit When Denied Boarding Due to Overbooking

Luke Sims – 10xTravel Contributor

Last week I received this text from my wife, “Sooo I may not have a seat on the plane… what do I do?!”

Like any good husband, I turned off my phone and continued stuffing my face at Smorgasburg so she could figure out her own problems. Just kidding.

I sprang to action, like a superhero, to save my damsel in distress. I remembered reading somewhere that being denied from your flight can turn into some big bucks, so I texted Bryce to confirm my game plan and then walked my wife through the steps.

About three hours after her original arrival time, my wife walked in the door with a tired smile and a check for $1,100. Here’s how she did it.

People Waiting to Board Flight

What Is Overbooking And Why Does It Happen

Before I explain how to capitalize on your poor situation, let me briefly outline the overbooking conundrum that airlines put you in.

Airlines oversell flights because they expect a certain percentage of passengers not to show up.

There’s a bunch of math and diagrams I could bore you with that explain why airlines do this, but I’d rather get to the part where I tell you how get back at these evil airlines for the crap they pull. Continue Reading