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Last Chance to Win a Free Trip to Vegas! Contest Ends Thursday at 11:59pm EST

Hi Travel Junkies,

One last reminder to enter to win one of two FREE trips to Las Vegas to attend the 2018 10xTravel Las Vegas Reader Meetup! Contest ends at 11:59pm on Thursday, August 16.

Last year’s winners, Kelsey and Stephanie!

It takes ~30 seconds to enter and the prize packages are awesome

Here’s what each prize package includes:

  • A round trip flight to Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 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

Use the widget below to enter. There are a number of ways to increase your number of entries, and therefore your odds of winning.

10xTravel 2018 Las Vegas Giveaway

Winners will be announced on Friday, August 17, 2018 and are subject to the terms & conditions here: https://10xtravel.com/10xt-giveaway-rules/

Good luck!

Happy Travels,

Bryce

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Best Credit Cards: August 2018

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By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com

Every month I share a post with what I believe are the top credit card offers on the market according to the 10xT staff. Today we are going to take a look at the best offers for August 2018.

I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonus, cardholder perks, ongoing value, and any fees they may charge. And while the best offer for you will vary depending on a number of factors, I am going to rank the top offers based on the order in which I think they should be chosen by the average person.

Not a lot of changes this month, which is a good thing in my opinion because there are a ton of great offers out there right now.

If you’ve ever watched the NFL Draft before, consider this list my version of “Todd’s Big Board”. It’s simply the best overall cards available without regard to a specific points/miles need.

I also divide these top credit offers in to two lists, one for those of you who are over 5/24 and one for those of you who are under.

(If you don’t know what the Chase 5/24 rule is you’re going to want to give this a read)

As always, feel free to email me with questions (Bryce@10xTravel.com) about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.

Here we go!

If you are under 5/24, here are the best cards available right now:

 

1) Chase Sapphire Preferred

Image result for chase sapphire preferred

Current Offer:

  • 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • 5,000 bonus points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months
  • 2 points per $1 spent on dining and travel, 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
  • Trip delay and primary rental car insurance

(Full offer details here: Learn More)

Continue Reading

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Best Credit Card Offers: July 2018

Disclosure: This post may contain references to products from our advertisers. We may receive compensation from products we link to. We appreciate your support.

By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com

Every month I share a post with what I believe are the top credit card offers on the market according to the 10xT staff. Today we are going to take a look at the best offers for July 2018.

I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonus, cardholder perks, ongoing value, and any fees they may charge. And while the best offer for you will vary depending on a number of factors, I am going to rank the top offers based on the order in which I think they should be chosen by the average person.

Not a ton of changes this month, though there is another new card in the top 7 that just launched.

If you’ve ever watched the NFL Draft before, consider this list my version of “Todd’s Big Board”. It’s simply the best overall cards available without regard to a specific points/miles need.

I also divide these top credit offers in to two lists, one for those of you who are over 5/24 and one for those of you who are under.

(If you don’t know what the Chase 5/24 rule is you’re going to want to give this a read)

As always, feel free to email me with questions (Bryce@10xTravel.com) about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.

Here we go!

If you are under 5/24, here are the best cards available right now:

 

1) Chase Sapphire Preferred

Image result for chase sapphire preferred

Current Offer:

  • 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • 5,000 bonus points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months
  • 2 points per $1 spent on dining and travel, 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
  • Trip delay and primary rental car insurance

(Full offer details here: Learn More)

Continue Reading

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The Interesting Tale of How I Booked ANA First Class to Tokyo (Twice)

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By: Bryce Conway, Founder of 10xTravel.com

Hi Travel Junkies,

I just booked two round-trip flights for my wife and I to fly to Tokyo this October on ANA First Class!

After a couple weeks of searching, much of it with the help of 10xT Editor-in-Chief Spencer Howard, I was able to secure two first class tickets from Houston to Tokyo, then home via Washington D.C. for just 120,000 Virgin Atlantic miles (transferred from Amex Membership Rewards) and $256.51 per ticket.

This is arguably one of the best redemptions in all of points/miles, as these first class tickets typically go for ~$20,000 each. And for good reason, each passenger has their own little “cubicle” type seat complete with a 23″ TV to make the 15+ hour flight a little less painful.

ANA First Class seat, image courtesy of ANA.com

Oh, and they serve Krug Champagne and Hibiki 21 Whisky on board, which retails for ~$500 a bottle if you can find it. So bank on a boozy flight review from me this coming October.

ANA serves Hibki 21 Whisky in First Class, which retails for ~$500 a bottle

Anyway, booking ANA First Class with Virgin Atlantic miles is nothing new in the world of points/miles. But my process of securing this tickets was a bit unique.

Here’s how it went down.

The Initial Search

My wife and I had a couple million points/miles to burn and our sights set on taking another trip to Asia this coming fall for ~7-10 days. To be honest, the flights themselves were just about as important as the destination. We were open to going just about anywhere if we could score First or Business Class flights at saver level with convenient itineraries.

So Spencer and I started running through all the options and comparing notes.

ANA First Class was easily the top choice because it is one of the best products in the sky and you can book it for just 120,000 miles round-trip via Virgin Atlantic. But there were a few problems with this strategy:

  1. ANA generally only releases 2 first class saver-level seats per flight
  2. You have to book a round-trip flight to get the 120k price, meaning you have to find saver space both to and from Tokyo
  3. ANA only flies to Tokyo from a handful of US airports (and my hometown of Columbus, OH is definitely not one of them)
  4. Most folks in the points/miles world are aware of how to use just 120k miles to book ANA F round-trip and…
  5. Those folks had a 6+ month head start on me in booking these tickets

Naturally, I was not very optimistic that I would find availability.

And I was right. After days of searching Spencer and I were only able to find one single option that worked for the rest of the year. Which of course fell on the few dates that I was not able to travel for the remainder of 2018. I had to pass on it.

But having spent a few days reading about ANA First Class I was determined to book via any other available method. Even if it was going to cost a substantial amount of points/miles.

Booking ANA First Class (The First Time)

So I found saver space on United from Houston to Tokyo for 110,000 miles and $5.60 per ticket, transferred 220,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United, and booked two one-way flights. Continue Reading

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Introducing the 2018 10xTravel Las Vegas Giveaway!

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By: Bryce Conway

Hi Travel Junkies,

Earlier this month I told you about the upcoming 2018 edition of our 10xTravel Las Vegas Reader Party.

The quick recap is that we booked a ~3,000 square foot Penthouse Suite at the Venetian Las Vegas and will be filling it with 70+ 10xT Readers, premium booze, snacks, etc. This is our second go-around with a Vegas Reader Party and hopefully the first of many more to come.

Today I am also thrilled to announce the 2018 10xTravel Las Vegas Giveaway! We are giving away two all-expenses paid trips to Sin City to attend the party and you can enter to win right now via this widget.

10xTravel 2018 Las Vegas Giveaway

Here’s what each prize package includes:

  • A round trip flight to Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 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

Continue Reading

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10xT Las Vegas Reader Party 2018: Details Inside

Hi Travel Junkies,

3 words: Vegas. Is. Happening.

Papers are signed, champagne is ordered, and we are finally ready to share the details with all of you.

Let’s get to it.

We are throwing the 2018 10xT Las Vegas Reader Meetup on Saturday October 6th in a Penthouse Suite at the Venetian Las Vegas.

This is our second go-around with a Penthouse Party in Las Vegas and the first one was a dandy to say the least.

Truth be told, we weren’t sure what to expect when we announced the inaugural event last year.

I put together a series of promotional emails, scheduled tweets, and even texted friends to try to drum up interest. Hoping that we might be able to fill the place before the big day came.

Then stared at my computer screen in shock when tickets sold out in < 3 minutes and more than 200 people signed up for the wait list. The demand was so great that it crashed our website.

The 2017 event was a huge success, but we are determined to make it even better this year.

Some of the 10xT Staff at last year’s event

This year the 10xT Las Vegas Reader Meetup will feature multiple events over the course of the weekend. Some of which will require advanced tickets, others will be open to anyone. Continue Reading

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Best Credit Card Offers: June 2018

Disclosure: This post may contain references to products from our advertisers. We may receive compensation from products we link to. We appreciate your support.

By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com

Every month I share a post with what I believe are the top credit card offers on the market according to the 10xT staff. Today we are going to take a look at the best offers for June 2018.

I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonus, cardholder perks, ongoing value, and any fees they may charge. And while the best offer for you will vary depending on a number of factors, I am going to rank the top offers based on the order in which I think they should be chosen by the average person.

Not a ton of changes this month, though there is a new card in the top 5 that just launched.

If you’ve ever watched the NFL Draft before, consider this list my version of “Todd’s Big Board”. It’s simply the best overall cards available without regard to a specific points/miles need.

I also divide these top credit offers in to two lists, one for those of you who are over 5/24 and one for those of you who are under.

(If you don’t know what the Chase 5/24 rule is you’re going to want to give this a read)

As always, feel free to email me with questions (Bryce@10xTravel.com) about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.

Here we go!

If you are under 5/24, here are the best cards available right now:

 

1) Chase Sapphire Preferred

Image result for chase sapphire preferred

Current Offer:

  • 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • 5,000 bonus points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months
  • 2 points per $1 spent on dining and travel, 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
  • Trip delay and primary rental car insurance
  • $95 annual fee, waived the first year 

(Full offer details here: Learn More)

Continue Reading

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Come Hang Out with 10xT! Summer Meetup Schedule

By: Bryce Conway, Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com

Hi Travel Junkies,

Today I am thrilled to announce 3 Reader Meetups scheduled for this summer!

Come join 10xT Editor-in-Chief Spencer Howard and myself at any (or multiple) of the following events. 10xT will be providing drinks, giveaways, and all the points/miles conversation you could ever want.

Here are the details:

June 30 – Columbus, OH

1-5pm at Endeavor Brewery

Details and registration here.

July 28 – Washington, DC.

1-5pm at Denizens Brewing

Details and registration here.

August 25 – New York, NY

3-7pm at Solas (East Village)

Details and registration here.

And of course these are all leading up to the big 10xT Vegas Reader Party! Details coming soon.

Happy Travels,

Bryce

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New Card Alert: Chase Ink Business Unlimited

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By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com

Hi Travel Junkies,

New credit card launches are perhaps the best news that can come out of the points/miles world because they (usually) represent an opportunity for avid travelers to earn another signup bonus and add a new points-earning card to their credit card arsenal.

Which is why today I am excited to share that Chase has launched a new credit card, the Chase Ink Business Unlimited! Here are the details:

Chase Ink Business Unlimited:

  • Earn $500 (50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points) after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • Earn 1.5x points per $1 spent on everything
  • 0% APR for the first 12 months
  • $0 Annual Fee

(Ink Business Unlimited: Learn More)

Many points/miles enthusiasts will quickly recognize the Chase Ink Business Unlimited is basically the business version of the Chase Freedom Unlimited, featuring the same 1.5x earning rate and $0 annual fee. Though the 50,000 point bonus on the Ink Business Unlimited is a substantial upgrade over the 15,000 bonus points being offered by Chase Freedom Unlimited (Learn More)

Note that this offer mentions a bonus of “$500 cash back”, however that bonus comes in the form of 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Meaning that anyone who has a Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Chase Ink Preferred can simply combine these points with their other Chase Ultimate Rewards points to be used for travel at a higher value.

The 50,000 point bonus is worth $750+ of travel for anyone who has Sapphire Reserve

For example, anyone holding a Chase Sapphire Reserve could use these 50,000 bonus points to book $750 of travel via the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. And also have the option to transfer the points to Southwest, United, Hyatt, and any of the other Chase travel partners.

These are some of our favorite cards for earning a ton of Ultimate Rewards Points:

At 1.5x points per $1 spent this card is an excellent choice for business owners who do a substantial amount of non-category spend, particularly if those business owners also have one of the aforementioned Chase Ultimate Rewards cards.

Now the bad news; this card will almost certainly be subject to the Chase 5/24 rule. Meaning that anyone who has opened more than 5 credit cards in the past 24 months will not be eligible to be approved for the card.

Bottom Line

The Chase Ink Business Unlimited is a great grab for anyone who can qualify for it, mainly because of the unlimited 1.5x earning, $0 annual fee, and generous 50,000 point signup bonus. Remember that you don’t have to “officially” own a business to qualify for business credit cards.

As always, feel free to email me (Bryce@10xTravel.com) with any particular questions.

 

Happy Travels,

Bryce

 

P.S. We are putting the finishing touches on a few 10xT Reader Meetups this summer. Details coming soon.

 

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Breaking: New Southwest Card Restrictions Effective 4/5

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Hi Travel Junkies,

Bad news today in the world of points and miles.

Effective immediately, Chase is now restricting bonuses on the Southwest Rapid Rewards personal credit cards to one bonus per 24 months.

This means that you can no longer open the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier and theSouthwest Rapid Rewards Plus cards to earn most of the points required for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Note that this applies to new applications only. If you currently hold both Southwest Rapid Rewards cards but have yet to earn the bonuses, you are still eligible to earn both.

This is essentially the same rule that was recently put in to place with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve Card. If I’m being honest, I’m surprised it took this long for Chase to push the same rule to the Southwest cards.

The good news is that you can still earn the bonus on one of the Southwest personal cards as well as the Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Card, meaning the Companion Pass is still in play with two credit card bonuses.

And no, you don’t need to “officially” own a business to qualify for a business credit card!

Does this suck? Yes.

Is it the end of the world? Absolutely not.

Rules change all the time in the points and miles game and we have certainly seen worse than this.

As always, feel free to email me with questions.

Happy Travels,

Bryce