travel hacking (verb)
- the art of using points and miles to travel the world in luxury for little to no cost
Have you ever dreamed of flying first or business class? Staying in a 5 star hotel? Can't afford it? Well then travel hacking may be for you.
It's essentially a way to travel the world in luxury at little to no cost; let me explain. The world of points and miles can be quite complicated, which is why not a ton of people get great value from them. If you know what you're doing however, you may be able to book a Round the World ticket, all in F (first class) or J (business class) for less than the cost of a roundtrip economy ticket across Canada.
There are many ways to earn airline miles, and you don't even need any "butt in seat" time. Credit card sign-up bonuses can be extremely lucrative, which is how many people are able to experience luxury travel. Certain cards are better than others, such as the American Express Business Platinum card.
Though the card may come with a CAD $399 AF (annual fee), it offers a signup bonus of 75,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points (through this special link - regular offer is only 40,000 points) when you spend CAD $5000 within the first 3 months. Thats enough to fly to Europe on Lufthansa in F, one of the most coveted redemptions out there.
Some of the other benefits of this card include Centurion Lounge Access, Priority Pass membership, Concierge Service, AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts access and much more.
Travel hacking has allowed me to book some truly incredible trips in 2018, so stay tuned for more. If you have any questions, comments, or tips, please leave a comment below or use the "Contact" page.