Hi Travel Junkies,
There are many different kinds of points in the travel game, which can make things a bit confusing and complicated. So today I want to break down one of the most overlooked points currency, Citi ThankYou Points, and talk about how to use them for maximum value without making your head spin.
Let’s get right to it.
How to Earn Citi ThankYou Points
By far the fastest and easiest way to earn Citi ThankYou Points is to take advantage of one of Citi’s credit card offers.
The Citi Prestige Card – Citi Prestige is currently offering a signup bonus of 40,000 points after you spend $4,000 in your first 3 months. Prestige earns 3x points on travel, 2x points on dining and entertainment, and 1 point per $1 on all other purchases.
Citi Prestige has an annual fee of $450 that is not waived for the first year. It does however come with a $250 annual airline credit, which can be applied to flight-related expenses such as airline tickets, baggage fees, upgrades, and more.
Prestige also comes with a number of other premium benefits, including Priority Pass membership and a $100 Global entry application fee credit.
Hi Travel Junkies,
Today I want to introduce you to Preedee Chenhansa, an avid traveler and longtime reader of 10xT. Preedee sent me a wonderful “5 Thoughts” piece after a recent trip to Italy that was too good not to share with the rest of the 10xT community.
So I asked him to share it with all of you here on the blog, complete with a few amazing photos.
Take it away, Preedee.
Florence is my favorite city in Italy and I don’t mind going back there year after year, even if I haven’t explored other cities in the country. Florence is one of those charming cities that simply puts a smile on my face, similar to Portland, Oregon. I have nothing but good memories from there. Here are my 5 thoughts of Florence:
1. Florence is underrated when compared to Rome and Venice – Florence doesn’t have the same name recognition as Rome, Venice, and Milan. Rome has The Colosseum, Venice has the famous canals, and Milan is known as one of the fashion capitals of the world. But what comes to mind when you think Florence? Before I visited Florence, I had no idea what to expect. Now, I think of a big town (not to be mistaken with being a small city) with lots of culture, great food, beautiful sites, and deep Italian history. I’ve spent time in Florence both by myself in hostels and with friends, both of which were very positive experiences, so it’s great for solo travelers, as a couple, or in a group.
There are few things that I despise more than hidden travel fees that chip away at your vacation budget. Unfortunately these fees have become much more prevalent as hotels, airlines, and other travel companies fight to show the lowest rate on travel booking websites.
Today we are going to talk about seven of the most common hidden travel fees and a few tips on how you can avoid them. Let’s get started.
1) Checked bag fees – Most airlines charge ~$25 per bag each way, with that number being closer to $50 per bag for some of the budget airlines. And of course that fee can more than double if your bag exceeds the posted weight limited for each airline.
Sure, you can try to fit everything in to a carry-on bag to avoid this fee, but that just isn’t realistic for some trips.
A better way to get around checked bag fees is to consider picking up the airline’s credit card before booking and taking your trip. Most major airline credit cards provide free checked bags as one of their many perks, which can add up to some serious savings if you travel frequently or with a large group.
Another option is to consider using points from a card such as the Barclays Arrival Plus or Capital One Venture card, which earn points that can be used to erase any travel charge made with the card (including checked bag fees). You can read more about those cards by clicking the banner on our credit cards page.
You can erase checked baggage fees with the Capital One Venture Card
2) Resort fees – Resort fees are mandatory fees added to a hotel stay in exchange for the use of amenities such as Wi-Fi, fitness centers, parking, etc. These fees have become incredibly common over the past few years, particularly in popular destinations like Las Vegas and the Caribbean.
Hi Travel Junkies,
Today I am very proud to announce that we have added two very talented individuals to the 10xT team, Spencer Howard and Dillon Carter!
Spencer and Dillon will be joining as Contributor/Travel Gurus, so you’ll be seeing a lot of them both on the blog and one-on-one as they work with you to accomplish your travel goals.
I’ll let them introduce themselves in their own words. Take it away guys!
Hello, fellow world travelers!
My name is Spencer and I’m told that I’m obsessed with miles and points. Just because I spend three to four hours a day reading, talking, or thinking about points and the many ways to use them to travel doesn’t mean… fine, I’m obsessed.
I spend my days working for a trade association in D.C. (and thinking about travel). Fortunately, my office has made it their mission to get employees to use their vacation time and I’m happy to live the mission, and live it in style.
Luke Sims – 10xTravel Contributor
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Unless you’re brand new to 10xT you’ve probably noticed that Delta SkyMiles don’t get a lot of good coverage in the points/miles world.
SkyMiles generally don’t stack up in value to many of the other frequent flyer programs because of their lack of transparency and generally high number of miles required to book otherwise inexpensive flights.
However……. (in a melodramatic tone)
When you have the opportunity to earn up to 60,000 of them at once we are obligated to let our friends know that this is a great opportunity.
So, whether you frequently fly with Delta or not, let me show you why you should consider taking advantage of a Delta Airlines credit card before the current offers expire tomorrow, July 6.
Where Delta SkyMiles Shine
One of the major reasons that I am not a big fan of Delta SkyMiles is because they do not have an award chart.
That’s right. NO award chart.
With nothing set in stone, it’s hard to plan on using Delta SkyMiles for award travel for any specific flight. (And I’m an obsessed over-planner)
That said, because they don’t publish an award chart… that also leaves opportunities for some pretty good finds if you are 1. Lucky or 2. Know where to look.
Let me walk you through my top 3 uses of Delta SkyMiles.
Luke Sims – 10xTravel Contributor
Hola Travel Junkies,
About a month ago I was de-stressing with my wife at our favorite diner, after yet another long week of work.
We were in one of those moods where we we’re ready to quit our jobs, move to some remote island in the Maldives and live off the land. (I’m sure you can relate)
We needed a weekend getaway.
Before sitting down to dinner I was scrolling through my emails and a reminder popped up on my phone: “Two Free Hyatt Nights Expire Soon”
Suddenly it struck me. I had two free nights at any Hyatt in the world (thanks to my new Hyatt credit card) and a long Memorial Day weekend only a few days away. So I motioned to the waiter for a round of cheesecake and flipped over my placemat for brainstorming space. It was time to get to work.
While scanning the Internet for the best hotels to use our two free nights, my wife politely suggested, “we need a beach and tropical drinks” – and she was right.
Four days later I was lying in a hammock in sunny and beautiful Cancun, Mexico.
Here’s how I did it.