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Extra points and miles

How To Get Extra Points and Miles

Our friends and family are always asking us how we travel full time while being retired.  And to boot, we stay in pretty nice places and fly business or first.  How does one do that without paying a lot of money???  Well it is all about extra points and miles.  Otherwise known as travel hacking.

Basically, we focus on earning as many miles and points as we can.  A lot of that can be done without leaving your house.  You can pay your bills online, shop online (make sure to go through a shopping portal), order food, purchase wine, make donations, pay your taxes, etc.,

But the easiest way to earn miles and points is to sign up for credit cards.  This we do very often and still keep a very high credit score.  How do we do that?  Check out our strategy here.

There is also a way to refer others for credit card sign ups.  Sometimes the person going through the referral is going to get extra miles or points and so do we!  It is best to check directly with the bank to make sure that you are using the best link.   And if ours is the best, then use ours!

Here are some credit card referral links:

American Express Classic Platinum
  • Through this link you would be earning 150,000 Membership Reward Points instead of the typical 100,000.  Yes, it is a high annual fee of $695 and you will need to spend $6,000 in the first 6 months.  We value these points at about $2,250.  However, think about how many business class flights you can get on these points ?!

          Apply Here

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless or Marriott Bonvoy Bold
  • Earn 3 Free Night Awards with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card (Annual Fee of $95) or 1 Free Night Award with the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card (no annual fee). 

          Apply Here

Chase Freedom Unlimited or Chase Freedom Flex
  • Earn $200 cash back with Chase Freedom Unlimited or Chase Freedom Flex credit card.  The second one has no annual fee.

          Apply Here

Chase Ink Business Preferred or Ink Business Unlimited  or Ink Business Cash
  • Earn 100,000 bonus points with the Ink Business Preferred® card or $750 bonus cash back with the Ink Business Unlimited® card or Ink Business Cash® card.   The last 2 have no annual fee. 

           Apply Here

Chase Sapphire Preferred
  •  Earn 100,000 bonus points with Chase Sapphire

          Apply Here

And if you are interested in a particular card, just reach out to us and we can give you our thoughts on it and maybe provide a link that will get you extra points and miles.  Also, if you have questions about this whole travel hacking “game”, reach out as well.  Rob loves to share his knowledge on this topic.  Where will you go to first?