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Amazing Places To Visit With The Southwest Companion Pass

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By: Travis Cormier

Many of you have already earned the Southwest Companion Pass for 2018 (and possibly 2019 as well). Unfortunately, it will be harder to earn in the future since Chase restricted the bonus on personal cards to one every 24 months. If you have the Companion Pass, now is the time to get the most value possible out of it.

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some of awesome destinations you can get to using the Companion Pass.

Aruba

Aruba is one of my favorite Caribbean destinations. The resort area runs up and down the west coast of this small island nation and the water is extremely calm. I recommend Aruba to all of my friends with small children, because the calm ocean helps make it a great family friendly destination.

If you’re an adventurous traveler, Aruba also has plenty of adventure for you too. When I visited last year I rented a motorcycle and road along the desert sands of the west coast, and explored the caverns and natural pools (not for the faint of heart to get there!) in Aruba’s Arikok National Park.

Use Your Companion Pass to Explore the Caves of Aruba’s National Park

Southwest flies nonstop to Aruba from 3 U.S. cities:

  • Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Houston Hobby (HOU)

From HOU and BWI , typical rates are around 26,000 Rapid Rewards points and $75 in taxes and fees per person. The best deal I’ve found is from FLL, where prices are as low as 14,500 Rapid Rewards points and $75 in taxes and fees. With the Companion Pass, that means you and your companion can take fly to Aruba for only 14,500 points and $150 in taxes and fees!

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The Calm Waters of Aruba are Great for Families

I know not everyone lives in these three cities – and they’re pretty popular Southwest hubs – so let’s explore some connecting options.

If you’re trying to fly from Denver, you will pay a little bit more in Rapid Rewards points, but with the Companion Pass you’re still getting an amazing deal. You can travel round-trip for as low as 40,000 Rapid Rewards points and $75 in taxes and fees. Although it seems like a lot initially, breaking it down you quickly realize that is only 20,000 Rapid Rewards and $75 per person to get to one of the farthest and hardest to reach Caribbean vacation spots. Continue Reading

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New Priority Pass Benefit: Airport Restaurants

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By: Travis Cormier

Hey Travel Junkies,

If you’ve been around the points and miles game for awhile, you’ve surely heard of Priority Pass. For the uninitiated, a Priority Pass Select membership grants you access to thousands of airport lounges across the world for free.

Many credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card offer a Priority Pass Select membership as a benefit.

To help expand the benefits for its members, Priority Pass has added restaurants to its list. Let’s look at how and where this new benefit works so you can start getting even more value from your membership.

How to Use Priority Pass at Restaurants

Using your Priority Pass benefit at restaurants is easy. Just present your card when you are seated, before you place your order, and the credit will be applied automatically to your bill.

The credit is roughly $28 per guest in at U.S. airports and similar at airports abroad. This is enough to get you a meal, a drink and maybe a bit more. The number of guests who qualify for the benefit varies depending on which credit card provides your membership. Below is a table that shows how many guests you receive based on which credit card has given you Priority Pass Membership. Continue Reading

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5 Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Airbnb

By: Travis Cormier

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Hey Travel Junkies,

You can book some amazing hotels with points but sometimes your hotel options just don’t cut it. Belize is well known for its lack of chain hotels which rules out award stays and, personally, I can’t imagine staying in the Great Smoky Mountains anywhere but a cabin.

This is where Airbnb come into the picture. At some destinations, your best option is often a home-sharing service such as Airbnb. At this point, Airbnb does not have a loyalty program so you won’t be able to redeem points for stays the way you would with Hyatt or Marriott.

Despite this, you’re not out of luck. There are lots of ways to help save money or earn points for your Airbnb stays. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to maximize your Airbnb bookings.

1. Book With The Barclaycard Arrival Plus or Capital One Venture Card

By far, the easiest way to save on your next Airbnb stay is using points that can erase travel charges such as those earned from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus or the Capital One Venture Card.

Barclaycard Arrival miles and Capital One Venture Rewards miles are each worth one cent each. This means if you have 50,000 miles, you have $500 that can be used for travel.

To use these points, all you have to do is use the credit card to pay for the Airbnb stay. Once the purchase has posted, you can apply your points to the booking and erase the purchase with the points.

The sign-up bonuses for these cards vary but are often around 50,000 miles once you meet the minimum spend requirements. The bonus alone can easily cover the cost for a few nights at an Airbnb.

If you’re applying for one of these cards, keep in mind that Capital One pulls your credit report from all three major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Make sure you know your real FICO credit score before applying for your next credit card.

2. Use Airbnb Gift Cards

A great way to help offset the cost is through buying gift cards for Airbnb. Although you will still be paying cash, you can save money or earn a few extra points for your booking.

If you would like to save some cash, buying discounted gift cards is a great way to go. You can find discounted gift cards on a variety of sites such as Raise and eBay—Paypal Digital Gifts often runs sales on new Airbnb gift cards.

Through these sites, you can often find gift cards for a few percent off face value. PayPal Digital Gifts often provides a 10% discount. Not a bad way to save a few bucks on your Airbnb stays!

If you buy the gift cards the Chase Freedom Unlimited Card, you can get a discount and earn 1.5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar. Even better, you can use the Blue Business Plus Card from American Express to earn 2X Membership Rewards points per dollar.

If you prefer to earn the most points possible, you can utilize bonus categories to buy gift cards. Staples and Office Depot frequently carry Airbnb gift cards which means you can purchase gift cards with your Chase Ink Business Cash Card to earn 5X points per dollar.

The Chase Freedom Unlimited and the Chase Ink Business Cash Card don’t have an annual fees but cannot transfer Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel partners. To transfer points, you will also need one of the following cards that also earns Ultimate Rewards points:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve Card
  • Ink Business Preferred Card

Knowing where to buy gift cards can help you save a little bit off the cash price or help you earn the most points possible for your Airbnb stay.

3. Use Your Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Travel Credit

The travel credit on the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card is my favorite travel credit. While many travel credits actually provide “airline fee” credits, the travel credit from the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card automatically applies to the first $300 in purchases each cardmember year that code as travel—this includes Airbnb.

In fact, this is the only travel credit available that can be used for Airbnb bookings. Keep in mind, the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card does fall under the Chase 5/24 rule so it should be a top priority if you want the card and are under 5/24.

The travel credit resets every cardmember year, so you can easily get $300 towards an Airbnb stay every year you hold the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card.

4. Combine With Airline Partnerships

In addition to the points you can receive from your credit card, you can stack with additional Airbnb partners for even more points.

By signing up on with Delta you can earn Delta SkyMiles for your Airbnb stays. Typically, you will earn 1X SkyMile per dollar sent on your Airbnb bookings but the occasional special will let you earn up to 5X SkyMiles per dollar.

You don’t even have to make your booking with one of the American Express co-branded Delta card. You can use whatever credit card you want to earn points or even use Airbnb gift cards to book.

This means you can stack multiple points on every booking you make. If you purchase Airbnb gift cards at Staples with the Chase Ink Business Cash Card, you will earn 5X Ultimate Rewards points and 1X SkyMile per every dollar on your bookings.

Stacking promotions is a great way to help maximize the value you receive from an Airbnb booking.

5. Extend Your Stay

Did you know that many Airbnb hosts offer a discount for weekly or monthly bookings? By extending your stay an extra day or two, you can sometimes unlock a bit of a discount.

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Staying one Extra Night Can Unlock Weekly Discounts

Unlocking this discount can let you extend your vacation an extra day for a few more dollars. For those once in a lifetime vacations, a few extra dollars for an extra day may very well be worth it.

Do NOT Exchange Transferable Points For A Gift Card

It might seem like exchanging transferable points—Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points—for Airbnb gift cards would be a good way to use points to stay at an Airbnb property. However, this option should be avoided if at all possible as the value you would receive is nowhere near the value of these points.

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Avoid Redeeming Highly Valuable Ultimate Rewards for Gift Cards

If you exchanged 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points for a $100 Airbnb gift card, you would only get a value of 1 cent per point. 10,000 Ultimate Rewards are worth $150 through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Portal when you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card or $125 when you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or the Ink Business Preferred Card.

If you transfer them to partners, you could get even more value out of your points. Think about it. You could book a one-way flight from the west coast to Hawaii for 12,500 British Airways Avios which is a transfer partner of both Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards—you can also transfer SPG Starpoints to British Airways. That’s only 2,500 more points and you’d get a flight that is almost always $250-350 one-way.

Final Thoughts

When staying in a hotel isn’t the best option at your vacation destination, Airbnb can help fill in the gaps. Airbnb doesn’t have its own reward program, but that doesn’t mean you can can’t maximize credit card points and save money.

Thanks to the travel credit from cards the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and miles from the Capital One Venture Card and the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, you can easily stay at Airbnb properties for little to no out of pocket cost.

If you are paying cash, consider taking advantage of credit card bonus categories to buy Airbnb gift cards so you can earn maximum points. If you saving money is the number one priority, make sure you look for discounted Airbnb gift cards.

Next time you book, take advantage of these tricks to make the most of your next Airbnb stay.

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Travis

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Why You Should Stop Using Your Southwest Credit Cards For Daily Spend

By Travis Cormier

Hey Travel Junkies,

Many of you have opened one or two of the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards offered to secure the Southwest Companion Pass for 2018 and 2019.

The Companion Pass is one of the best values in travel because it gives you a buy one get one free Southwest ticket for up to nearly two years! Once you get the sign-up bonus, though, does it makes sense to keep putting spend on these cards?

The simple answer is “no”.

There’s plenty of reasons why putting your daily spend on these cards is not the best idea but let’s take a look at some of the most compelling reasons why you should move onto greener, more lucrative pastures.

Missing Out On Other Sign-Up Bonuses

The biggest reason you need to stop spending on your Southwest credit cards is because you’re missing out on other bonuses. With the Southwest credit cards you only receive 1X point per dollar spent on your typical daily spending.

If you’re using using your spending to hit minimum spends and earn other sign-up bonuses, you could be getting much more than 1X point per dollar. Bonuses on cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card are typically 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you reach the required minimum spend. By using your spend to earn sign-up bonuses, you’re going to be reaping the rewards much faster.

Limited Bonus Categories For Daily Spend

Many credit cards offer bonus categories for daily spend. The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card earns 3X points per dollar spent at restaurants and travel while the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns 2X points per dollar in the same categories. The Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards only offer 2X points per dollar on Southwest flights and a few hotel and rental car partners.

It simply doesn’t makes sense to purchase even Southwest tickets using your Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards. You can earn a flexible currency like Chase Ultimate Rewards points at the same rate when using a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. This gives you the option to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to your Southwest Rapid Rewards account or to another partner such as Hyatt or United Airlines that might be more useful to you for a particular trip.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Lack Flexibility

Southwest Rapid Rewards points lack the flexibility that other award programs have. Southwest Airlines isn’t part of a global airline alliance and it doesn’t have any airline partners. If Southwest doesn’t travel to your destination, you are out of luck.

Additionally, Southwest has a revenue-based award program which means that more expensive cash ticket will require more Rapid Rewards points. If you use a program such as United MileagePlus, which has a region-based award chart, the total miles required to book an award ticket will not be attached to the cash cost of the ticket. Instead, it will be determined by your origin and destination—this includes any positioning flights that might be required.

While you can use Rapid Rewards for a few other uses, such as rental cars, the redemption rate is only 1 cent per point. Rapid Rewards have a fixed value of approximately 1.5 cents per point when redeemed for flights, so using them for rental cars minimizes their potential value.

If you instead use a card such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for your daily spend, you get a tremendous amount of flexibility. Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer to every major airline alliance plus a few hotels (though, Hyatt is generally the only one worth it). With this flexibility you can travel to every corner of the globe.

Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Cards vs Other Airline Credit Cards

If you’re going to be putting spend on an airline credit card you should compare the benefits of airline credit cards to see if you are getting any extra value from your daily spend. Let’s compare various benefits you receive from airline credit cards.

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AmericanYesYes
DeltaYesYes
SouthwestNoNo

Rapid Rewards Credit Cards Offer Fewer Benefits Than Other Airline Credit Cards

Through daily spend on other airline credit cards you can earn progress towards elite status. Elite status helps you earn free upgrades, more miles on paid flights, and other perks from the airlines. Beyond the Companion Pass, Southwest doesn’t have anything similar to status that can be earned from daily spend on credit cards.

Priority boarding is a big deal on Southwest since it allows you better seat choices. This is another benefit offered among the other major airline credit cards that isn’t offered by any of the Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards, and it is definitely a much bigger deal on Southwest.

Other major airline credit cards also offer access on select versions of their co-branded credit cards. Since Southwest doesn’t have any lounges, it can’t offer this highly valuable benefit. In fairness, lounge access is only available on airline credit cards with higher annual fees.

What Credit Card Should You Be Using for Daily Spend?

Now that we’ve discussed why you shouldn’t use your Southwest credit card for daily spending, you are probably asking yourself what credit card you should be using.

I have not so subtly hinted to this answer a few times so far, so it should be no surprise that those who fly with Southwest Airlines should consider using the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card instead. When comparing it with the Chase Southwest credit cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred has most that is missing and more, while having the same low $95 annual fee.

By opening the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card your spend will be contributing to a new sign-up bonus. Beyond the bonus, though, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card works better as a daily spend card because it earns two points per dollar on dining.

Plus there are some additional benefits that come with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card that you don’t get with your Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card such as trip delay insurance and trip interruption insurance.

Let’s be honest, travel doesn’t always go as planned. Flights get delayed because of weather and mechanical issues. If you have trip delay insurance you can be covered for expenses you have that arise from the delay. This includes food, lodging, and other reasonable expenses.

Trip interruption insurance covers you when things go wrong that stop your trip from continuing, or even starting. Illness, bad weather, jury duty, and yes even if the plane you were waiting on was hijacked, you are covered.

These two benefits are often sold when booking travel for over $100 for more expensive trips. When you book with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, these are included at no additional charge. If you are still using a Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card, you won’t have these protections.

With the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, you’ll also have return protection. If you attempt to return an item and the store won’t accept the return, you may be eligible for up to $500 reimbursement per item.

Final Thoughts

The Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards can help you get one of the best deals in travel—the Southwest Companion Pass. However, once you have earned the Companion Pass, you should move on to another credit card or two.

Rather than earn 1X Rapid Rewards point per dollar, you could be earning more Ultimate Rewards points that can still be transferred to your Rapid Rewards account if you need a Southwest flight. On top of that, there are more sign-up bonuses to earn and more benefits—think, airport lounge access—to be had from other credit cards.

With these other options out there, the Southwest Credit Cards just don’t make sense as your go-to credit card. There is very little flexibility in how you use your points, there are no bonus categories for daily spend, and there are fewer consumer protections compared to credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

A Chase Southwest credit card might be your first love and for good reason, but it isn’t the best card for you long-term. If you’re looking to take the next step on your miles and points journey, take a look at our monthly top cards list to see what card might be right for you.

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3 Great Ways To Fly To Tokyo With Points

By: Travis Cormier

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Tokyo is a destination on almost every traveler’s bucket list, and for good reason. The city has culture, phenomenal food, and adventure right on its doorstep. There are a lot of options for flying to Tokyo. Let’s look at how you can use points and miles to fly in comfort and style.

Japan Airlines

What better way to get to Tokyo than on the airline with the country’s namesake. Japan Airlines is a fantastic way to get to Tokyo. Whether you’re traveling in economy, premium economy, or the front of the plane you will have a phenomenal experience.

It isn’t often you’ll hear me excited about economy class flights—I’m 6’5”—but Japan Airlines has an economy product that makes giants like me excited to fly.

The economy seats on select Japan Airlines flights are some of the best you’ll find on any airline. On most international routes, you will find economy class are Japan Airlines’ “SkyWider” seats. These seats have more leg room and width than you’ll find on almost any other international carrier.

You can book these seats round-trip for only 50,000 Japan Airlines Miles. Even better, if you have flexible travel dates there is a discount price of 40,000 Miles. The dates vary year-to-year, but for 2018 if you travel between January 10th – February 28th, or April 1 – May 31st you can get these discounted prices.

Japan Airlines also has one of the best business class products on the market if you want some space to lie down. If you want something really special, you can try first class where they serve champagne that costs about $400 per bottle.

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The Guide to Redeeming AAdvantage Miles

By: Travis Cormier

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I love seeing the success stories of our 10xTravel readers. Every story provides some fun insights into the earning and redemption strategies our readers have used to take some amazing vacations. What often isn’t mentioned is what goes on behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes is where the real work happens. To connect your miles and points to travel, you have to know the rules and restrictions on award travel. You have to know how many points an award ticket is going to cost and you have to know how to find the award space you need.

This guide doesn’t have pictures that will inspire you to travel more. It isn’t about awesome planes or luxurious hotels and resorts. This guide is instead full of the essential information that you’ll need to use your American Airlines AAdvantage miles to book award flights.

This guide will give you the necessary information so that you don’t have to just look at pictures online—you can be the one taking them.

Maybe your pictures will be part of our next reader success story!

Understanding American Airlines’ Region-Based Award Chart

American Airlines uses a zone-based award chart. A zone-based award chart groups countries into different zones. When you book a ticket from one zone to another, you pay a set number of miles.

If you’re flying from the US to Europe, it doesn’t matter if you’re departing from New York or Los Angeles, you’ll need the same number of miles. Below is a table listing every country by zone.

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How To See The World With 120,000 American AAdvantage Miles

By: Travis Cormier

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If you’ve ever found yourself staring at your miles and points wondering where they can take you, you’re not alone. Earning miles is the easy part of what we do. Knowing where your miles can take you can sometimes be overwhelming.

Your miles aren’t doing you any good just sitting there. You need to put them to use! So, let’s look at some options for how you can use one of my favorite airline mile currencies: American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

How to Earn 120,000 AAdvantage Miles

American Airlines has two partners who provide co-branded credit cards that earn American AAdvantage miles. With both Citi and Barclaycard providing co-branded options, earning 120,000 AAdvantage miles is a breeze. The only hard part is saying the names of each credit card in one breath.

Citi has been a partner with the American Airlines AAdvantage program for a long time. The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard has a sign-up bonus that is frequently between 30,000 and 50,000 miles and even reaches 60,000 miles at times. To earn the sign-up bonus, you will be required to reach a minimum spend threshold – often between $1,000 and $3,000 – within three months of opening the card.

Barclaycard previously provided the co-branded credit card for U.S. Airways but now that American Airlines and U.S. Airways have merged, they are providing another card that earns American miles. This card is the Barclaycard Aviator Red Mastercard which often comes with a sign-up bonus between 40,000 and 60,000 AAdvantage miles.

This sign-up bonus is quite possibly the easiest you will ever get. The requirements for the sign-up bonus are to make a single purchase and pay the $95 annual fee. Any purchase. Even a pack of gum. That is all you need to get a huge chunk of American AAdvantage miles.

Between these two cards, you can earn a ton of miles and, if you time it right, you could even earn 120,000 American miles from the sign-up bonuses.

Now that you have a bunch of American miles, what can you do with them?! Let’s take a look.

Round-trip to Europe for Two

Europe is a hot travel destination for many great reasons. Wonderful history, fantastic culture, and phenomenal food span the continent. Add in the romantic aura of cities like Paris, Venice, and Florence and it is no wonder that Europe is such a popular travel destination for couples.

With 120,000 AAdvantage miles a European getaway can quickly become a reality. You can get two round-trip tickets to anywhere in Europe in economy class on American Airlines or one of their Oneworld partners.

However, there is one partner to watch out for and that’s British Airways. Flying British Airways will mean high taxes and fees for flying into London plus high carrier-imposed surcharges. You can avoid the latter by taking a flight operated by American Airlines.

AA AdvantageAs you can see in the image above, a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to London (LHR) on British Airways would result in $523.36 in taxes, fees, and surcharges for one person. You can get a cash ticket to Europe for cheaper than that!

If you really want to stretch your miles, you can book during off peak dates of January 10 – March 14 and November 1 – December 14. If you travel during these timeframes, a round-trip economy class booking to Europe will only cost 45,000 American miles per person!

If you’re starting with 120,000 American miles, two tickets during off peak dates would leave you with 30,000 AAdvantage miles which is enough of at least another one-way ticket to Europe!

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The Basics of Partner Award Bookings

By: Travis Cormier

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Hey Travel Junkies,

You’ve earned your points, picked your destination, and now you just need to figure out how to get there.

If you’ve gotten stuck on this step, you’re not alone. Understanding airline partners is a tricky part of the award booking process, but can be one of the best ways to get the most out of your miles and points.

Let’s dig into the airline alliance and partnerships, how they work, and go over some of the biggest alliances and partnerships.

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What are Airline Alliances?

Airline alliances are agreements between airlines to cooperate in transporting passengers which can make international travel much easier.

There are three major airline alliances including Oneworld, Star Alliance, and SkyTeam. Each is comprised of airlines from around the world. A couple airlines – Alaska Airlines and Etihad Airways – also have large networks of individual airline partnerships. Continue Reading

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How To Maximize Your British Airways Avios

By: Travis Cormier

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You’re probably more familiar with the loyalty programs of the major U.S. airlines, but looking beyond the U.S. will open up even more award flight possibilities. With this in mind, the British Airways Executive Club is a loyalty program that you’ll want to learn—you’ll notice they refer to miles as Avios.

There are some fantastic redemption options within British Airways’ award charts. With that said, long-haul premium cabin award tickets often incur high carrier-imposed surcharges on top of the usual taxes and fees.

For this reason, it’s important to do a little research before booking an award flight with Avios. Fortunately, there are a ton of easy to ways to earn Avios through their credit card partners so you’ll always have a path to more!

Now, let’s check out how you can earn a bunch of Avios and redeem them for maximum value!

Earn Avios with Credit Cards

British Airways has partnered with Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) so you have plenty of options to transfer points when you need Avios. Ultimate Rewards points and Membership Rewards points generally transfer almost instantly while SPG Starpoints can take up to 7 days for a transfer to process.

As is the case whenever you transfer points to an airline partner, you need to make sure you’re ready to book as they cannot be returned to the transferable points program from which you transferred.

Chase also provides a co-branded British Airways Visa Card that earns Avios directly on all your purchases.

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The Best Debit Cards for International Travel

By: Travis Cormier 

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Longtime 10xTravel readers know you can get flight and hotels at huge discounts using points acquired from credit cards. Unfortunately, not all parts travel can be nearly free. Food, souvenirs, and drinks can’t readily be purchased with points.

While you should use a credit card for these purchases whenever possible, you won’t be able to do so everywhere you go. Having access to cash is important, especially in the local currency. But this often requires subjecting yourself to terrible exchange fees if you get money from a local exchange shop.

To get the best exchange rate when you need cash, you’ll want to get money from an ATM. However, picking the right debit card can prevent you from paying fees on top of that.

Let’s explore some options to help avoid those pesky fees and save you money.

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