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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.

Here we go. Continue Reading

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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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Drop Loyalty Program: Awesome Trick to Cover Travel Costs

It’s no secret that we love traveling on miles and points. Whether it’s hotel stays or flights, using points to travel makes everything more fun. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my money at the destination than just getting there!

However, there are times we can’t cover all costs with miles and points while other times we’d be better off saving the points.

This is where Drop comes into play.

Drop is a loyalty program app that allows you to earn points when you make purchases at select merchants. These points can then be redeemed for gift cards including American Airlines, Hotels.com, and Amazon.

Let’s dive into the details so you can get signed up, earn points (on top of your credit card rewards), and cash in the points for something fun!

How To Sign Up For Drop

The sign-up process is easy. You can either sign up online or through the app. The app will give you access right away while signing up online will require you to wait for them to email you with confirmation.

To sign up via the app: Continue Reading

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The Ultimate Guide to the United MileagePlus X App

By: Julie Szpira

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When I’m shopping, I use whatever credit card is most appropriate in the situation to help me earn the most points, which I then use toward future travel.

Unfortunately, there are many places I shop where my credit cards do not earn 2x or 3x category bonuses. For example, when shopping at most stores in the mall, I am earning just ONE point per dollar spent!!!

When you’re planning a trip, and every point counts, you want to make sure that every purchase allows you to maximize your points-earning opportunities. The United MileagePlus X app allows you to do just that.

MileagePlus X

What Is the United MileagePlus X App?

MileagePlus X (MPX) is a mobile app that is available in the Apple store and Google Play that allows MileagePlus members to earn United MileagePlus award miles when shopping or dining at participating merchants.

The United MPX app allows members to purchase gift cards for various merchants through the app, all while earning bonus miles with United. Continue Reading

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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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TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry: Programs That Make Traveling A Breeze

By: Julie Szpira

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During the busy summer travel season, airports can be chaotic. One of the worst feelings while traveling is the stress of arriving at the airport with plenty of time before your flight, seeing a mass of people jammed into the TSA security line, and having to sprint to the gate to board just before the door closes.

TSA Precheck

An unpleasant sight at Denver International Airport

One of the best feelings while traveling is the triumph you feel from walking up to a TSA PreCheck line and breezing through security in under 5 minutes.

An empty line is my favorite line

If you thought that expedited security lines were only for elite frequent flyers, or those traveling in business or first class, you thought wrong.

There are a variety of different Trusted Traveler programs which provide travelers with easier security and immigration clearance.  The most common programs used by US based travelers are TSA PreCheck and Global Entry.

TSA PreCheck is a program which requires an application and pre-screening to identify travelers as low risk, and allows for faster screening at security lines at airports in the US. Continue Reading