They’re free to sign up and you can earn things like free hotel nights and/or upgrades, airline tickets, car rentals and more. These days, you don’t have to travel far to earn points.
With Rakuten (formerly Ebates), you can earn cash back from online purchases made at almost every major retailer like up to 5% cash back on Amazon.
If you’re a frequent traveler, it may be worth signing up for a credit card that not only waives international fees but actually rewards you for traveling, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve card.
When you’re shopping outside the country you reside in, you may be entitled to a tax refund. Tax-free shopping is currently available in 55 countries which allows you to claim a tax refund.
While most people schedule their travel for major holiday weekends, the best time to actually get a good deal (and avoid airport crowds) is right after the holidays when prices drop or during off-peak season.
Aside from being the concierge of the city, tourism boards generally partner with local attractions and tours to offer discounts and packages at lower rates.
Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft also allow you to earn cash back through their apps. Simply put, it’s like frequent flyer miles but for ground transportation.
Do some research and play around with different options, both on the airline’s website and aggregator sites like CheapFlights.com, which is part of KAYAK’s brand portfolio.
Loyalty points are meant to be redeemed and nowadays, hotel loyalty programs offer a variety of unique perks such as off-property excursions or priority access to performances.
Scott’s Cheap Flights is a great resource if you’re flexible on destination. Just select your departing airports and keep an eye out in your inbox for alerts on flight deals. But be ready to book fast.