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October 2015

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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

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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 GetFreeFlights.com 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.

Introducing, 10xTravel.com.

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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

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Are Double Miles Always Better? Let’s Take a Look

Few credit card companies have spent more money on advertising than Capital One has over the last 5 years.

And from where I am sitting, the results have been incredible. I get dozens of emails a week asking about their Venture Card.

Most of them sound something like this.

Hi Bryce,

I just saw an ad the other day for the Capital One Venture Card and it said you earn double miles on everything you buy. They also said that there are no blackout dates for using the miles and that they work on any airline.

Given that most other cards only earn one mile per dollar spent and have tons of restrictions on using them, is this the best travel card I can get?

Gary

So I wanted to take a minute to set the record straight.

Capital One

Today we are going to take an honest look at the Capital One Venture Card. I’ll walk you through its strengths and weaknesses, and hopefully help you make a decision on whether this is the right card for you.

Before we do that however, let’s cover the basics. Continue Reading