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How to Find Cheap Flights to Anywhere
- Post published:March 12, 2019
- Post author:Bob Haegele
- Post last modified:May 27, 2020
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I still cannot wait to watch and follow along with your trip to Europe.
For a while, I was an affiliate for a program that taught users how to travel with their credit cards for free. It was pretty cool, and they had so many great success stories for using credit cards responsibly to get free things. Great relevant post with so many people traveling these days.
I’m pretty excited, too. ? I just need to be sure to take a lot of photos (even though I hate being a tourist) so I can share them with you all.
And that’s great to hear! I may try to do something similar, so that’s good to know.
I’m tempted to get the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. My only hesitation is that most of the flights out of MT are Delta. There are some United, but not as many options.
One question I have, that I’m sure I could google but I’ll ask here. Does the chase travel points apply to Airbnb rentals? I’m “assuming” it does, but want to double check.
I heard AMEX has a Delta card, but it isn’t as good as the Chase Sapphire cards. But I need to do more research on this. I also think they have a higher spending requirement to get the bonus miles. And I kind of hate how AMEX isn’t as widely accepted as VISA.
Thanks for sharing and I’m excited about your trip.
Hey Chris. I actually haven’t booked an Airbnb with my CSR, but I did book several hostels for my Europe trip. Those did code as travel (3x points), so I’m pretty sure Airbnb would count as well.
What did you spend on to get the sign-up bonus?
Hi Eelis. I spent all of the amounts mentioned above under each card. Thanks for the comment!
Have a fabulous time!!! I considered the CSR but ultimately went with the CSP since we don’t fly THAT often (though often enough lately it may have been worth it after all…)
Yeah, the CSP is usually considered better if you don’t use it a ton because the fee is lower. But, again, after the travel credit on the CSR, it’s $95 vs. $150 for the year, so not that huge a difference.
That’s quite a score Bob on the travel. I have the chase ultimate rewards card I use for the bulk of my spending. The points I usually redeem for cash (pay off balance). Do you think I would get more bang for the points by accumulating and doing traveling instead?
Oh, without a doubt. In fact, I should probably add that tidbit to this post.
Also, the point values vary slightly depending on the card – but if you’re going to transfer to airlines for example, you will nearly always do better than their cash value.
I mean, consider the fact that both my trip to and from Europe cost only 30k points – the equivalent of $300 each way. I do have to pay $64 in fees on the way back, but still. I’m basically paying $300 each way. I think that says it all.
The only additional point to add is that flights typically have far better redemption rates than hotels – which is the idea behind this post.