This is part 2 of Shelly Blancq’s series on Traveling Hacking and Budget Travel.
Shelly discusses her experiences and strategies around credit card hacking, particularly with a focus on travel rewards. She starts with discussing how she used a Capital One card due to its straightforward points system and low barrier of entry. The Venture X card, which comes with an annual fee of $95, offers up to 60,000 to 75,000 points upon spending $3,000 in three months. These points can be used to offset travel-related purchases at a value of 1 cent per point. The speaker then transitioned to using Amex and Chase credit cards, as they offered better transfer partners, enabling more lucrative rewards. Transferring points to specific loyalty programs could result in significantly better value, she exemplified this with a flight from JFK to Chicago costing 5,000 Chase points instead of $250.
About Shelly Blancq
Shelly is a travel expert with one eye always on the budget. She and her husband take multiple international and domestic trips a year- all on teachers’ salaries. She is committed to finding the best ways to spend your travel budget and hack your way to free flights, upgraded hotel rooms, and fancy rental cars so you can spend money on what matters most- the experiences.
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