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May 21, 2024 40 mins

Ever wonder how some people manage to jet off on amazing vacations without breaking the bank? Today, we're spilling the secrets on how to start traveling almost free by harnessing the power of credit card points and miles. Whether you're a points newbie or just need a refresher, this episode is your passport to becoming a savvy traveler in 2024.

Hey, it's us, the Travel Mom Squad—Alex, Pam, and Jess! Grab a cup of coffee, and let's break down the basics of earning and redeeming points. It's way simpler than you think, and no, you definitely don't need to be rich or spend a fortune to start racking up those miles.

Here's what we're unpacking today:

  • The Real Scoop on Credit Card Bonuses: Learn how welcome offers work and why you don’t have to spend extra to benefit.
  • Choosing the Right Cards: We dive into why not all cards are created equal and how you can pick the best ones to start stacking up free flights and hotel stays.
  • Smart Spending: Tips on using your card like a debit card to avoid debt while earning points on every dollar you spend.
  • Annual Fees Demystified: Think of annual fees as an investment that pays off in free travel. We'll explain how the benefits far outweigh the costs.

We'll also share personal stories and simple strategies to get the most out of your cards without altering your lifestyle. Plus, we'll cover some common myths and mistakes to avoid, ensuring your credit score stays intact and your travel dreams soar.

Ready to turn your everyday spending into your next vacation? Let’s demystify the points game together. Hit play to dive into the world of points and miles and discover how easy it is to travel for nearly free. Share this episode with friends and family who dream of exploring the world without emptying their wallets!



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Episode Minute By Minute:

  • 0:00 Intro: Alex introduces the basics of credit card points and miles.
  • 1:11 Clearing Misconceptions: Jess discusses the reality of earning points without excessive spending.
  • 2:46 Credit Card Bonuses: Pam explains how sign-up bonuses work and how to meet spending requirements wisely.
  • 6:24 Long-term Strategy: Jess touches on the sustainability of credit card point strategies over the years.
  • 9:10 Annual Fees Explained: Jess dives into why paying annual fees can be worth it with the right cards.
  • 11:15 Cost-Benefit Analysis: Jess and Pam discuss how the benefits often outweigh the costs of annual fees.
  • 14:18 Card Management After One Year: Pam explains options for managing your credit cards after the annual fee posts.
  • 18:32 Pace Yourself: Jess emphasizes the importance of pacing in the credit card points game to avoid red flags wit
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