How skillful use of credit cards can help you attend a Special or International convention or be a need greater.
Travel can be really rewarding and especially if it is for spiritual events or theocratic interests. Still, it is definitely an expense that not everyone is able to afford at first glance. Accommodation and transportation such as airfare are two of the largest expenses. Many times airfare is the most expensive part!
How can credit cards help you spend less to travel?
Responsible and skillful use of credit cards involves always paying off your credit card in full each statement period. Credit cards can have extremely high interest rates, so if you do not pay them off each month you will lose the benefit of any perks the card offered.
You may be aware that many credit cards offer sign up bonuses. To achieve these bonuses you must spend a certain dollar amount within a certain length of time. The bonuses may be cash bonuses or they may be rewards points that work for a certain hotel brand, airline, or they could even be a universal point that can be transferred to travel partners.
If you sign up for one of these credit cards and make strategic purchases of things you would already be buying anyways, you may be surprised that you actually can afford to go to an international convention, a special convention, or do a need greater trip. After all, if you can get your airfare free that is a HUGE savings!
Chase Credit Cards for Free Travel
We have personally had excellent success making use of the Chase line of credit cards for special conventions and need greeting trips. In the past 3 years we have been able to use these points to fly from US to Asia twice, to Europe once, in addition to domestic flights within the US and all of these flights have been FREE! Now when I say free, please understand that you often will have to pay some sort of tax or airport fee on a flight when redeeming miles. It varies greatly between airports and countries. There is a mandatory $5.60 each way 9/11 Security Fee, for example. But still, in my mind paying only $5.60 for a flight to Europe rounds down to a FREE flight! What do you think?
What to know before you get started
A couple things you should know before you get started:
Stay tuned for introductions to Chase cards we know, use, and love.
I will be adding more posts to explain to you the various Chase cards that we make use of, what their perks are, what their sign up bonus is, and ideas on how you can meet the minimum spend by purchasing things you already need and use.
In the mean time, if you would like to look into any of these cards on your own, I will list them below:
Chase Credit Cards:
Chase Freedom - 5% cash back (or miles) rotating quarterly ($150 or 15,000 point sign up bonus)
Chase Freedom Unlimited - 1.5% on every purchase every day ($150 or 15,000 point sign up bonus)
Chase Sapphire Preferred - 2% on travel and dining, 1% on anything else. Great travel protection (50,000 point sign up bonus)
Chase Sapphire Reserve - 3% on travel and dining, annual travel credit, free priority pass lounge access, free global entry, Excellent travel protection. Good for a frequent traveler or someone with a lot of international flights even on one trip as the lounge access completely changes your experience! (50,000 point sign up bonus)
Chase Ink Business Preferred - 3% on travel, shipping, internet, cable, phone, advertising on search engines or social media sites. (80,000 point sign up bonus)
Chase Southwest - 2% on Southwest purchases. Great for domestic flights (40,000 mile sign up bonus)
Chase United - 2% on United purchases, priority boarding, first checked bag is free, 2 one time use United Club passes (40,000 mile sign up bonus)
Chase Hyatt - 3% on Hyatt purchases, 2% on restaurants, car rental, airline purchases annual free hotel night (40,000 point sign up bonus)
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After experiencing Special Conventions and need greating trips over the past few years we have some travel tips that have helped us that we hope will help you. If you have travel questions please send us a message on a post or the contact page and we will try to help if we can! :)
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