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Decoding the Many Acronyms Used in the Points/Miles World

By: Bryce Conway

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Hi Travel Junkies,

Keeping up with the many acronyms used in the points/miles world can be difficult, particularly if you are new to all of this.

So I put together a quick reference list (in alphabetical order) of some of the most popular ones, complete with explanations of what each of them mean.

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Reader Success Story: A $7,700 Honeymoon For $66

Tommy V

By: Tommy N

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Without a doubt, last year was one of the best of my life. I married my best friend, Emma, and we celebrated this new chapter with an amazing honeymoon.

Financially speaking, we weren’t really in a position to plan a luxurious and expensive honeymoon. In the span of 6 months, we had planned a wedding, moved across the country, quit one of our jobs and relocated the other. Never mind the fact that we were trying to manage our student loans and a car loan. We were in debt with half the income and double the rent.

However, I really wanted Emma to have an amazing honeymoon. She’s an adventurer at heart and is truly at her happiest when she is traveling. For that reason, we were determined to deliver on the perfect vacation in spite of the obvious financial constraints.

Considering our love for both hiking and sipping cocktails on the beach, we soon set our sights on Hawaii. I then stumbled across 10xTravel and read everything I could. As I would soon learn, with some planning and discipline, there is no reason for anyone to not have the honeymoon of their dreams.

Side note: Wedding and Honeymoon planning is the perfect time to start this hobby. All the spending required will cut through minimum spending requirements on credit cards like a knife through hot butter to help you earn tons of miles and points.

Without further ado, here’s how we booked an amazing honeymoon adventure to Hawaii on miles and points.

Disclaimer: To find the cash value of each hotel and flight, I used proxy reservations, inclusive of any upgrades we received. Therefore the value is based on the same flight or hotel, on the same days of the week, during comparable times of the year for travel. These values are just a barometer; your experience may vary.

 

Flights: Boston -> Kaua’i; Honolulu -> Boston; Delta Air Lines 

  • Points Used: 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points transferred to Flying Blue for flights on partner airline, Delta
  • Source of Points: Chase Sapphire Preferred sign-up bonus (50k) + 1 referral (5k) + add authorized user (5k)
  • Cost Out of Pocket: $22.40 (taxes and fees)
  • Cost Without Points: $2,100.00
  • Redemption Value: 3.5 cents per point

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Congratulations 10xT Las Vegas Giveaway Winners!

Hi Travel Junkies,

Today I am happy to announce the 2 winners of the 2017 10xTravel Las Vegas VIP Trip Giveaway!

And the winners are……..

  1. Stephanie Clark of Brooklyn, NY
  2. Kelsey Kohlman of Bristol, CT.

Both Stephanie and Kelsey will be receiving:

  • A round trip flight to Las Vegas
  • Free limo ride from the airport to theor hotel
  • Two free nights in a Bella Suite the Venetian
  • Two tickets to our 10xT Vegas Reader Meetup (so you can bring a friend)
  • $100 in cash to spend however you like
  • Brunch with Bryce and the 10xT team at the Grand Lux Café

Thanks to all who entered and congrats again to the winners!

See You In Vegas,

Bryce

P.S. Before Vegas there is Columbus, OH. The first ever 10xT Reader Meetup is happening on Saturday, July 22nd at Zauber Brewery. Details and registration here.

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We’re Giving Away 2 United Club Passes (That Expire on 7/31)!

Hey Travel Junkies,

Thanks to the generosity of 10xTravel reader, Sarah Swank, we have two United Club passes that we will be giving away to a 10xTravel Reader!

The passes expire on July 31, 2017, so please only enter if you plan on using them prior to that date.

To enter click here and enter your name and email address. Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 13 at 10:00am ET.

Happy Travels,

Bryce
P.S. While you’re in the contest-entering mood, be sure to sign up to win a VIP trip to Las Vegas to attend the first ever 10xTravel Reader Meetup! Winner will be announced on Friday. Enter to win here.

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers: July 2017

By: Bryce Conway – Founder, 10xTravel

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Hi Travel Junkies,

The peak summer travel season is typically filled with many of the best credit card offers of the year and July 2017 is no different. There are a ton of great offers to choose from right now.

And while the best offer for you will vary depending on a number of factors, I am going to rank the top 10 offers based purely on their value.

If you are a fan of the NFL Draft, consider this to be “Todd’s Big Board” of the best available picks without factoring in team need.

As always, feel free to email me with questions about your own situation.

Here we go!

 

1) Chase Ink Business Preferred

Current Offer:

  • 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • 3 points per $1 spent on the first $150,000 spent on travel, shipping, internet, cable and phone services, and advertising purchases made with social media sites each account anniversary year.
  • $95 annual fee not waived first year

Commentary:

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are widely considered to be among the best points in the industry thanks to their ability to be transferred to 7 airline partners and 4 hotel partners.

You can also redeem Ultimate Rewards to book travel via the Chase travel portal at a value of 1.25 cents per point, meaning the 80,000 bonus points offered by this card are worth $1,000 toward travel. Your points can be worth even more in the travel portal when you pair this card with the Chase Sapphire Reserve (see below for more details). Continue Reading

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Last Call to Win a VIP Trip to Las Vegas!

Hi Travel Junkies,

Just a heads up, there is only 1 week left to enter to win a VIP trip to Las Vegas to attend the first ever 10xTravel reader meet-up! We are giving away two grand prizes and the winners will be announced on Friday, July 14.

We probably went a little overboard with this giveaway, but that’s how we do things here at 10xTravel. Especially when it comes to Las Vegas.

Here’s what each prize package includes:

  • A round-trip flight to Las Vegas
  • Free limo ride from the airport to your hotel
  • Two free nights in a Bella Suite the Venetian
  • Two tickets to our 10xTravel Vegas Reader Meetup (so you can bring a friend)
  • $100 in cash to spend however you like
  • Brunch with Bryce and the 10xTravel team at the Grand Lux Café

For more information and to enter check out our 10xTravel Giveaway Page.  And if this will be your first time to Sin City be sure to read my 20 tips for Vegas noobs.

Good luck!

Happy Travels,

Bryce

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7 Travel Cards Offering Peak Signup Bonuses for Summer

By: Bryce Conway

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Hi Travel Junkies,

The summer travel season is official here, and along with it, a slew of fantastic credit card offers.

At 10xTravel, we are huge fans of credit card bonuses because there truly is no faster way to earn a large amount of points/miles with so little effort. Many of the bonuses discussed in today’s post are the highest we’ve seen on these cards and worth hundreds of dollars of free travel.

So with that said, here are 7 cards that feature particularly high bonuses.

10xTravel Credit Cards on Table

 

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Card

  • 60,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • $95 annual fee, waived first year

This card typically offers just 30,000 to 50,000 bonus miles, so the 60,000 bonus miles are particularly enticing. There is also a business version of this card that offers the same 60,000 bonus miles for $3,000 spend.

American Airlines MileSAAver awards cost just 30,000 miles each way to and from Europe, meaning this one card bonus could provide enough miles for a round trip ticket to Europe if you are able to find availability.

American also has some amazing Oneworld partner airlines that can be booked with your American AAdvantage miles including Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, and Qatar Airways. An additional partner that should not be overlooked is Etihad Airways. Continue Reading

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Why I Upgraded my Sapphire Preferred to Sapphire Reserve (Without Getting a Bonus)

By: Bryce Conway

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Hi Travel Junkies,

Anyone who has been reading 10xTravel for longer than a couple weeks can tell you that I am adamantly opposed to upgrading credit cards. The mere thought of doing so causes me physical pain.

By upgrading a credit card instead of applying for it separately you voluntarily give up any sort of sign-up bonus offered by the card, which is basically throwing away free money.

But, I had to break my own rule recently when I upgraded my Chase Sapphire Preferred to a Chase Sapphire Reserve.

I finally caved and upgraded my CSP to a CSR

We’ll talk about why I did that in a moment, but first let’s cover the basics.

Here are the details on the Chase Sapphire Reserve:

  • 3x points on dining and travel, 1 point per $1 on everything else
  • Points transfer 1:1 to many major airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • $450 annual fee not waived first year
  • $300 annual travel credit good for any form of travel
  • Priority pass membership, which gives you (plus guests) access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide
  • Up to $100 credit for application fees for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry

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Reader Success Story: $15,000 European Honeymoon for Almost Nothing!

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If you’ve ever wanted to see how you can put together an amazing honeymoon to Europe, this is the success story for you. Brett is going to tell you all about how took this amazing trip with his wife.

If you’d like to share your story with the 10xTravel readers, drop us an email and share how you did it! (bryce [at] 10xTravel [dot] com)


Planning a honeymoon was the last thing my fiancé wanted to worry about. The wedding took precedent for her and so the task was passed to me.

Luckily I had been following 10xTravel for a few years and already had a simple plan. Acquire as many points as possible to make our honeymoon as long as possible.

So, where did I begin you might ask?

It all started about two years ago while dating my now fiancé. I knew even back then that she was the one I was going to marry, and knew I wanted to surprise her with the honeymoon of a lifetime.

After using other miles and points for beach getaways, cruises, and family gatherings, these are the points we used to book this trip:

Chase Ultimate Rewards: 250,000

Capital One points: 120,000

Marriott Rewards: 240,000

We earned the Ultimate Rewards points through our Chase Sapphire Preferred cards as well as a Chase Sapphire Reserve card. The Capitol One points were earned through each of our Capitol One Venture cards.

We were fortunate to earn the Marriott Rewards points through my fiancé’s work travel. However, we could have easily earned the points through the Chase Marriott cards.

Now that we had the needed points, we had to decide where to go!

We immediately agreed that Italy and Greece were perfect for our honeymoon and that we’d spend two and a half weeks enjoying ourselves.

Here’s how we booked our trip:

Genoa, Italy Port

Flight to Genoa, Italy

To start, we wanted to go to Cinque Terre as we had heard wonderful things, so I transferred 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points to United and booked our flights to the closest airport. We used our Capital One to cover the taxes and fees.

 

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Introducing the 2017 10xT Las Vegas Giveaway!

Hi Travel Junkies,

Last week I told you about the amazing party we are throwing in Vegas this October and started accepting RSVPs.

The tl;dr details are this: We booked a ~3,000 square foot penthouse suite, are filling it with food and drinks, and we are opening up 60 spots for 10xT Readers to attend.

Why are we doing this?

I think the better question is, why not?

This free event is our way of saying thank you for being the best readers on the internet.

Today I am happy to announce that we will be giving away 2 free trips to Vegas to attend the event, complete with all the extras that any epic Vegas trip should include. This is the first major giveaway we have ever done here at 10xT so of course we wanted to go all out.

Here’s what each prize package includes:

  • A round trip flight to Las Vegas
  • Free limo ride from the airport to your hotel
  • Two free nights in a Bella Suite the Venetian
  • Two tickets to our 10xT Vegas Reader Meetup (so you can bring a friend)
  • $100 in cash to spend however you like
  • Brunch with Bryce and the 10xT team at the Grand Lux Café

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