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The Beginner’s Guide to Free Travel & Rewards

We know the sheer amount of information can be daunting, so we created this step by step guide to get you started. In this guide we will explain everything from how to sign up for loyalty programs to redeeming those points for your dream vacation!

We have been traveling the world over the past four years while still working full time in healthcare. We love our jobs and our patients, but our unforgettable travel experiences have brought the two of us closer together. We want to share our experiences to inspire you to travel the world.

1. Loyalty Programs

First thing’s first! Before you can start redeeming for first class flights, you need to have an account to deposit those points in. Signing up for loyalty programs is completely free and takes only a few minutes of your time.

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Additional Resources

  • 20 Trips to Take in Your 20’s
  • Top 10 Experiences for Solo Female Travelers
  • The Best Girlfriend Getaways Around the World
  • 10 Budget-Friendly Destinations Around the World
  • The Top Safari Destinations in Africa

2. Credit Score

Ever wondered what is a FICO score, or what makes up your credit score? We will also dispel myths such as “Doesn’t it look bad to have multiple credit cards?” or “Won’t my credit score tank when I start opening new accounts?”

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Additional Resources

  • 20 Trips to Take in Your 20’s
  • Top 10 Experiences for Solo Female Travelers
  • The Best Girlfriend Getaways Around the World
  • 10 Budget-Friendly Destinations Around the World
  • The Top Safari Destinations in Africa

3. What Card to Get

This may be the most important first decision you will make! Choose wisely.

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Additional Resources

  • 20 Trips to Take in Your 20’s
  • Top 10 Experiences for Solo Female Travelers
  • The Best Girlfriend Getaways Around the World
  • 10 Budget-Friendly Destinations Around the World
  • The Top Safari Destinations in Africa

4. Transferrable Points

Transferrable points from Chase, Amex, Citi or Marriott are among the most valuable points you can obtain. Learn how to earn them and redeem them for maximum value.

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Additional Resources

  • 20 Trips to Take in Your 20’s
  • Top 10 Experiences for Solo Female Travelers
  • The Best Girlfriend Getaways Around the World
  • 10 Budget-Friendly Destinations Around the World
  • The Top Safari Destinations in Africa

5. Airline & Hotel Points

Redeeming points may be the most complicated part about travel rewards, but is the last step to those free flights.

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Additional Resources

  • 20 Trips to Take in Your 20’s
  • Top 10 Experiences for Solo Female Travelers
  • The Best Girlfriend Getaways Around the World
  • 10 Budget-Friendly Destinations Around the World
  • The Top Safari Destinations in Africa

6. Bucket List

Now what to do with all that money you just saved? Perhaps dive with sharks, ride a helicopter to the peak of Whistler mountain, or visit a Japanese onsen at the base of Mount Fuji. It’s your turn to check off that bucket list, here are some ideas to get you started.

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Additional Resources

  • 20 Trips to Take in Your 20’s
  • Top 10 Experiences for Solo Female Travelers
  • The Best Girlfriend Getaways Around the World
  • 10 Budget-Friendly Destinations Around the World
  • The Top Safari Destinations in Africa