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April 2016

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My Honeymoon Cost Next to Nothing and How I Did It

Luke Sims – 10xTravel Contributor

I was twenty-two, fresh out of college, and about to marry my high school sweetheart – paying for a honeymoon was the last thing I wanted to do.

Oh yeah, did I mention I just bought an engagement ring, paid a NYC apartment deposit (ouch), and hadn’t started my job yet?

Enough of my pity party, the bitter truth is that we all want to take incredible trips and it’s never the right time to blow thousands of dollars.

But, this was my honeymoon… I wanted to take my wife on the trip of a lifetime.

That’s when I stumbled across 10xTravel. I read the free e-book, sent Bryce my sob story, and discovered that the honeymoon of our dreams wasn’t out of reach.

So, piece-by-piece I put together a honeymoon that was almost as great as the sex was (too personal?) and it was an adventure that we’ll never forget.

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Where are we going?

We had no idea where we wanted to go.

We didn’t want to do the typical Cancun sit-on-the-beach honeymoon (not bashing it), so we typed in “unique honeymoon destinations” and this picture popped up: Continue Reading

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5 Thoughts: Vienna

I had the pleasure of visiting Vienna for a couple days in February of 2016 on a trip to Central Europe.

(Here’s how I was able to do it for next to nothing using points/miles)

Here are 5 thoughts I had after my trip.

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1) Compared to other major European cities, Vienna is just “Ok”

Vienna checks all the boxes that make for a fantastic place to visit. History, culture, food (more on this later), museums, activities, etc.

The problem is that Vienna is not particularly notable for any of these things. It’s just “ok” at all of them. Which makes for an experience that is best described as “just ok”.

Sure, there are a ton of museums in Vienna. But none of them contain any can’t-miss works of art or historical artifacts. Continue Reading

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How to Use Citi ThankYou Points to Fly to Hawaii

Hi Travel Junkies,

Today we are continuing with my mission to put Hawaii back on the map for you (from a points/miles perspective).

We have already covered two of the most popular types of points programs in weeks past.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Amex Membership Rewards Points

Today I want to continue with my quest by introducing you to another very popular rewards program, Citi ThankYou Points.

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Being photobombed in Maui

Here we go.

How to Earn Citi ThankYou Points

Citi offers a variety of different cards to suit all needs. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

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Citi ThankYou Premier Card – Citi ThankYou Premier comes with 40,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in your first 3 months. The card has a $95 annual fee that is waived for the first year. Continue Reading

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How to Use Amex Membership Rewards Points to Fly to Hawaii

Hi Travel Junkies,

Last month I promised to help put Hawaii back on the map for you (from a points/miles perspective) and provided an overview of how you can use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to get there.

Today I want to continue with my quest by introducing you to another very popular rewards program, American Express Membership Rewards.

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Less money spent on flights = more money available to swim with dolphins

Let’s get to it.

How to Earn Amex Membership Rewards Points

Like Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards points are incredibly valuable because of their flexibility to transfer to a number of different travel partners in multiple airline alliances.

Yes, they can also be redeemed for things like shopping and gift cards but we are not going to cover that in today’s overview. The value of these redemptions is mediocre at best.

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Amex Membership Rewards can be earned with a TON of different credit cards but today I want to focus on the most popular ones. The Platinum Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card, and Amex EveryDay Preferred.

The Platinum Card – The Platinum Card by American Express comes with 40,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in your first 3 months. The card has a $450 annual fee that is not waived for the first year.

Platinum comes with a variety of other travel perks, including lounge access, a $200 airline fee credit, and a credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fees.

Premier Rewards Gold Card – The American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card (“PRG”) is currently offering a signup bonus of 25,000 points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months. You also earn 3x points on airfare, 2x at gas stations and supermarkets, and 1x on all other purchases.

PRG has an annual fee of $195 that is waived for the first year.

There is also a business version of this card that has a signup bonus of 50,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. Continue Reading