009 | Travel Rewards: How To Travel The World For Almost Free (The Easy Way)

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This is the Ultimate Guide to Travel the World for Nearly Free

  • If you really want to maximize your travel rewards check out ChooseFI’s free travel rewards course.
  • Why Jonathan started with travel rewards:
  • Wife’s family in Zimbabwe: $6,000 in flights every two years
  • What is this travel rewards strategy all about?
  • Minimum spending requirement defined
  • Options to meet minimum spending requirement
  • Return on investment: instead of 1.5% rewards, you can earn upwards of 33%
  • Impact on credit score and Brad’s personal experience
  • Is this strategy right for you?
  • The Chase Gauntlet and why you want to focus on Chase cards first
  • Where to start? Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • How to earn the Southwest Companion Pass (and the value of the pass)
  • Business credit cards
  • Ultimate Rewards points and three ways to redeem them
  • Jonathan’s trip to Zimbabwe: Helping him save $6k in 5 minutes
  • How to search for flights at United’s website
  • If this strategy can take Jonathan to Zimbabwe, it can take you anywhere!
  • Other destinations with ‘sweet spot’ options: Costa Rica, Hawaii, Europe
  • If you want to take 1-2 nearly free vacations per year, this strategy is right for you

Links from the show:

Introducing Travel Rewards and the Chase Gauntlet

 

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If you really want to maximize your travel rewards check out ChooseFI’s free travel rewards course.

Top Travel Rewards Offers

Top Travel Card

Ready to unlock a world of free travel? Start with the Chase Sapphire Preferred.
Details: $95 annual fee | $4k min spend in 3 months to earn $1,000+ of travel and earn up to a $50 statement credit on grocery store purchases in your first 12 months.

Most Flexible Travel Card

The Capital One Venture Rewards can be used for almost any travel expenses.
Details: $95 AF | $20k spend in 12 months to earn $1,000 in travel, or $3k spend in 3 months to earn $500+ in travel.

Flexible Chase UR Points & Cashback Card

The Chase Freedom Flex has no Annual Fee (AF) and earns Chase UR points.
Details: No AF | $500 spend in 3 months to earn $200.

Best Card for Side Hustlers and Business Owners

Side hustlers! The Ink Business Preferred can earn you $1.25k+ of free travel!
Details: $95 annual fee | $15k spend in 3 months to earn $1,250+ of travel

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