The Travel Hacking Mom Show

The Travel Hacking Mom Show

Are you tired of not being able to travel because it's just so expensive? Do finances keep you from your dream destinations and making memories with your family? In this podcast, we show you how you can fulfill that dream of traveling without spending more money. We've earned millions of credit card points to travel all over the world and take our families on amazing vacations. Vacations to Hawaii, Europe, and Disneyland are all possible for nearly free with credit card points and miles. By using credit cards strategically for your everyday expenses, you too can travel for nearly free! We can't wait to help you get that first, nearly-free vacation! Tired of not traveling due to the expense? We can teach you how to travel for pennies on the dollar by using credit card points and miles!


December 5, 2023 37 mins

Hey there, Travel Hackers! This week, we're diving into the captivating world of Istanbul, where every turn is a discovery and every moment an adventure. Jess and Pam have been there, explored its wonders, and are thrilled to show you how to experience this magical city using the clever art of travel hacking.

Picture this: You're cruising high above, nestled in business class, sipping a welcome drink, en r...

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Hello, fellow Travel Hackers! Today, we’re talking about London - a city where every street corner tells a story. It’s a city we've explored and fallen in love with time and again, and we're excited to share how you can do the same, smartly using points and miles!

Imagine this: You’re soaring over the Atlantic, cozied up in business class, toasting to the beginning of an unforgettable journey. Pam has the ...

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Hello fellow Travel Hackers! Have you ever thought about exploring the great state of Texas with your family, but weren't sure where to start or how to make the most of your points and miles? In this episode, we take you on a journey through some of Texas' best family-friendly hotels and resorts, and it's an adventure you won't want to miss.

Imagine relaxing in the rustic charm of Hyatt Lost Pines near Aus...

Welcome back, travel hackers! Ever wondered what cards the Travel Hacking Moms would pick if they were diving into travel hacking today? In our latest episode, we unveil the strategies and cards we would go for if we were newcomers in this game of savvy travel.

Alex kicks off by sharing her initial strategy involving the Southwest Companion Pass, while Pam reflects on her allegiance to United and Marriott. Jess, a bit...

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Welcome back, Travel Hackers! Can you imagine embarking on a journey through 15 states, taking on six national parks, and traveling over 4,500 miles, all within a span of two weeks? And mind you, this isn’t a solo or couples trip. We’re talking about a family of five with young kids! We know someone who did just that, and today she’s breaking it down for us!

In today’s episode we had the privilege of chatt...

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Welcome back, travel hackers! Want to hear what we've been up to lately? We thought it would be fun to recap some of the cards we've opened and trips we've been booking! 

In this episode, we're taking you behind the scenes. We discuss exciting travels we've embarked on and some of the gems we've discovered. We kick things off with our most recent stays on points and miles. 

Looking ahead, we m...

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Welcome back, travel hackers! Do you have some American Express Membership Rewards points and aren't quite sure how to use them? Or have you heard about the program but aren't sure how it works? If so, this episode is for you. Keep listening as we cover all things American Express Membership Rewards. 

If you are a loyal listener, you know we've previously taken a deep dive into the realms of Chase Ultimate...

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Hey there, travel hackers! Today, we’re diving into our adventures at Secrets Resorts. While Alex and Jess basked in the sun at Impression Moxché by Secrets in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Pam had her own journey at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica. So, if you're yearning for the inside scoop on Secrets Resorts, you're in the right place!

Let’s kick things off by talking about what Secrets Resorts really are. Last...

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Welcome back, travel hackers! It's just Alex and Jess here today. Pam is enjoying her trip to Costa Rica. Considering today's all about the Southwest Companion Pass, her timing is impeccable – Pam’s not the biggest fan of Southwest.

Now, imagine the thrill of having a companion fly alongside you for nearly free (just the taxes and fees) for up to two years. That's the magic of the Southwest Companion Pass....

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Hey there, Travel Hackers! Welcome back to another round of juicy travel tales and tips. This episode is a sure treat as it revolves around Pam’s recent travel escapade to NYC and Dublin, unfolding how her clever use of points and miles smoothed out a trip that didn’t go exactly as planned. Let's dive in, shall we?

Pam describes her and her sister Julie's fun-filled trip starting from the bustling streets ...

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Welcome back, travel hackers! In this episode, we cover positioning flights—what they are, why they're important, and how we use them to our advantage. Positioning flights can be a smart way to maximize travel rewards and ensure we get to our desired destinations efficiently.

At its core, a positioning flight is a short, separate flight that helps travelers reach a major hub airport (often times with bette...

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Welcome travel hackers! We have an exciting podcast for you today as Jess shares her bucket-list experience in Australia! From negotiating for a room with the perfect view to taking the scenic coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach, Jess packed her 10-day trip with unforgettable experiences.

First, Jess shares how she scored flights to Sydney that would have cost $24,000 for only $800 out of pocket....

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Welcome back, travel hackers! In our latest episode we uncover the hidden gems within airline alliances! Ever wondered about flying Q Suite for fewer miles than you'd expect? Or how about discovering those hidden airline sweet spots that seem elusive? We've got you covered.

We dive deep into the world of airline alliances. These power-packed groups allow travelers like us (and you!) to book flights using m...

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Hey fellow travel-hackers! It’s Alex, Jess, and Pam, excited to share our best Washington, D.C. hacks, ensuring your Capital visit is unforgettable! In this episode, we dive deep on everything you need to know when it comes to traveling to D.C. on points a miles. :) Hit play to dive in or keep reading for a sneak peek! 

Logistics can truly set the tone for your trip. Take Alex's recent experience as an exa...

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Hey there, it's the Travel Hacking Moms—Alex, Jess, and Pam! Everyone has different preferences when it comes to travel. Some prefer the efficiency and speed of flights, while others enjoy the adventure and unpredictability of a road trip. Today is all about leveraging the art of travel hacking for road trips!

Jess's recent journey is a perfect example. She and her family decided to drive from Houston to C...

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Hey there, travel enthusiasts! It's Alex, Pam, and Jess—your fellow travel hacking moms. Today, we're all pumped up to spill the beans on one of our most treasured secrets: Capital One Venture Miles! 

First we dive into the cards that earn Venture miles or Spark miles (the business version). 

Then we discuss how to improve your odds of approval for Capital One cards. They can be kind of quirky, but we have some tips!


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Ever wonder how we manage to open so many credit cards and score loads of points? Well, today, we're going to spill the beans! Get ready for a deep dive into our credit card strategies. We'll also share how many points we've racked up in 2023. Can you believe one of us has already hit a whopping 1.8 million points this year? Can you guess who?

Here's a pro-tip: most business cards don't count towards the 5...

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Hey there, it's Travel Hacking Moms back in action! Today is all about getting your partner in crime, your "player two," hooked on travel hacking with you. It's like getting them on board the thrill ride of free travel using credit cards and points! 

Okay, so what exactly is a player two? Well, it's not just your better half—it could be your best friend, your sister, or anyone who's up for some hacking adv...

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Welcome back to the Travel Hacking Mom Show, your go-to for exhilarating travel exploits using points and miles! This episode sees Jess delve into her recent Hawaiian escapade, comparing the Hyatt Regency Maui and the Andaz Maui in part two of our Hawaiian Hyatt Showdown. If you missed Episode 23, catch up to learn about Alex and Pam’s adventures!

Jess embarked on a hotel-hopping adventure in Maui with her...

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Hey there, travel hackers! Ever wonder which credit cards you should carry and how to effectively use them to cash in on max rewards? Well today we want to share with you what's in our wallets and how we decide which cards to use and which ones to keep tucked away.

We are super excited for today's episode, not only to give you a behind-the-scenes look into what's in our wallets, but also to find out what e...

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