Everyone Needs A Getaway
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I always use my best point reward credit cards throughout the year to accumulate as many rewards points as possible to use for summer vacation time. When you live in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, as we do, getting to a cool, breezy location for a break from the “dry heat” is something we really look forward to.
One year it was London, one year Alaska, this year back to the wonderful California Beaches. For many years some or all of this travel has been paid for with those points we redeem for our wonderful adventures. Since this part of our yearly plan for our travel, I have some tips from Blogs that I frequent to keep me abreast of important news and Travel Reward information here to share with you…..
If you’re looking to drive down the costs of a vacation, it may be time to whip out your credit card or, perhaps, even apply for a new one.
A great travel rewards card provides several ways to save, none of which necessitate carrying a balance. Here are some spending strategies you should be putting to use this summer.
Put points toward airfare or hotel accommodations.
If you’ve been squirreling away your points all winter, now is the time to cash them in. Charge airfare, hotel accommodations or other travel expenses to your favorite credit card, than arrange to have points, miles or cash back applied as a statement credit before it comes time to pay the bill.
Book trips through your issuer’s bonus mall.
You can also get extra points or miles to use on future travel purchases, such as a Labor Day mini-break, by booking a June trip through your credit card bonus mall. Many issuers have partnerships with several popular travel engines that offer big earning enhancers on these purchases. For instance, Discover is currently offering an additional 5% cash back on Travelocity and Expedia bookings made through ShopDiscover. These malls also often feature exclusive cardholder perks or discounts. For instance, Citi ThankYou points are worth 33% more when a customer books through the bank’s ThankYou Travel Center. Just remember to opt for a bonus that you can readily qualify for, since you don’t want to…More at How Your Credit Card Can Help You Save On Summer Travel – Huffington Post (blog)
Hope you found some useful tips and advise on how to use your credit cards and leverage your points so you can take the best advantage of them for your next vacation.