Learn to For Travel Free or Nearly-Free!

    We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.
    Blog - Travel Hacking Mom

    THE blog

    search the blog:

    White speedboat in front of an island

    read more

    One of the best cards out there is not available to apply to anymore. The Ritz-Carlton card is one of my favorite cards that I keep and have no plans to get rid of. You may not be able to apply for it anymore but you can get it through a product change. These are […]

    Credit cards and $50 in wallet

    read more

    One of the questions that beginner travel hackers ask the most is, “When is the best time to get a new credit card?” I really wish I had a magic ball that could foresee when a bonus is going to go higher so I could answer that question. Recently, I finally got under Chase 5/24. […]

    Business Seat on airplane

    read more

    Travel hacking has opened the world of lay-flat business class seats for me. Before I started this hobby, I had only flown in business class once. On impulse,  I upgraded to business for about $800 to snag a same-day ticket when I was flying home from London. It was AMAZING!  Obviously, you will use more […]

    Maldives Beach

    read more

    Let’s check out the best limited-time credit card bonuses that are available now. We will look at each of these offers and see why they are valuable. It’s always good to evaluate and compare before you decide which to apply for. Some of these offers, like the Citi Premier Card, have been around for a […]

    Beach scene with large rocks in background

    read more

    It is no surprise that we love Chase Ultimate Rewards! We are always trying to get more of them so we can book a great Hyatt stay like our recent Hyatt Ziva Cancun stay. A great credit card that gives us Ultimate Rewards is the Chase Freedom Flex Credit Card. We love the Freedom Flex because […]

    read more

    Can you get free breakfasts with credit cards? Absolutely, and not just at a hotel but also prior to an early morning flight! Let’s go over the credit cards that will make this happen!     Hilton Aspire Credit Card The American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card comes with Diamond Elite status. That means you’re […]

    Large hotel near sand and water

    read more

    Recently, I wrote a post entitled, “It’s Not Always About Luxury” so that you could see how points and miles can be used for little family trips, sports events, emergencies, etc. We don’t want anyone to think that this game of points and miles is only about luxury but sometimes, it IS all about luxury! […]

    Colorful buss by palm trees

    read more

    Courtney’s reader success story to Jamaica is an inspiration to all of us! Here is what she has to say: 3 weeks ago my husband, Mike, and I traveled to Jamaica for free! It was our 3rd trip that was booked solely on points. We stayed 7 days and 7 nights – 4 in Montego […]

    Rocky point jutting into blue water with beach

    read more

    One of the frequent questions we get asked is, “Should I use miles/points or cash to book a trip?” Obviously, this depends a lot on your individual circumstances and what you want to do with your points. Ask yourself some of the following questions: Can I afford to pay for the flight and just get […]

    Women with parasols wearing kimonos walking down a street

    read more

    We have a lot of people wanting to go to Japan (myself include) and it is reopening (finally) on October 11th. It is definitely on my radar and I’ve been wanting to plan a trip there soon. So, basically, this post is as much for me and my research as it is for our readers. […]

    read more

    I remember many years ago staying on the Big Island in a timeshare and visiting the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort. I thought it was the coolest resort ever and vowed to stay there “someday”. That “someday” finally arrived and here is my Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort review – was I as awestruck as before?   […]

    Beach, blue water and lava rocks

    read more

    After completing my sister’s trip to Maui, I visited the Big Island on points/miles. I had flown over to Maui using the Turkish Airlines great deal for 15K roundtrip. I added the Big Island portion of my trip after I had already booked my flight home from Maui. Since I wasn’t flying home from Maui, I lost […]

    read more

    Just in. There are two new Marriott credit cards that have been added to the Marriott Bonvoy lineup. And just like the previous ones, they have interesting names – Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful and Marriott Bonvoy Bevy. Seriously, who thinks of these names? Crazy names or not, it’s great to have more opportunities to earn more […]

    White hotel with palm trees

    read more

    Did you get the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless deal for five 50K certificates earlier this yer? Wondering how to use them? Well here is my Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa Review. I recently used two 50K certificates + 6,000 points each night to book it for two nights. This resort is especially nice for families although the […]

    hotel and palm trees at sunset

    read more

    Alex and I both recently stayed at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort in Maui. We missed each other’s stays by 2 days and it was on purpose. She has crafted the greatest travel hack of all time – having a mom come babysit so she and Mitch can get away! So, I watched her four active […]

    beach with buildings

    read more

    Aloha my friends! Hawaii is the place that dreams are made of. If you haven’t been, stick with me and I’ll show you how to make your dream vacation a reality without costing you a small fortune. If you have been then you are probably like me and want to return again and again and […]

    Sand, turquoise water and turtles

    read more

    Every year my sister and I do a fall trip together. Last year was our epic Greece and Italy trip, but we stayed closer to home this year. Previous trips include one to Puerto Rico and one to Puerto Vallarta. We did our sister’s trip to Maui this year for less than $600 in hotel […]

    Large green island in water

    read more

    If we had to say where most of our readers want to go with credit card points and miles, it would be Hawaii. And we get it, Hawaii is a dream destination. We’ve used a fair share of award redemptions ourselves for Maui and Kauai. Which are the best credit cards for a Hawaii trip […]

    read more

    Trying to decide the steps to booking your next flight to go on vacation can be difficult. Do I want to pay cash and get points on my credit card? Should I book through the travel portal? Should I transfer to a travel partner? Talk about analysis paralysis! Sometimes it can be overwhelming. Let’s go […]

    large white hotel with pool and beach in front of it

    read more

      How often do you hear us recommend someone get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card? I’m sure most of our readers know what card we always recommend to every beginner travel hacker by now. It is our very favorite beginner card. This Chase Sapphire Preferred review will let you know why we love it so much!   […]

    Aerial view of big city with skyscrapers

    read more

    Our latest reader success story comes from Jennifer who is a pretty new travel hacker. She prefaced her trip report by apologizing for it not being a “glamorous” redemption. We love that travel hacking is for everyone in different stages of their life. We repeatedly tell people not to compare their journeys to anyone else! […]

    Wondering which credit card you should get? 

    FREE consultation

    Click the button below to get a free credit card consultation.

    sign me up!

    We got ya! 

    Do you want to fast-track your points and miles education?

    Get Award Travel Academy and learn everything you need to know to travel for nearly free!

    Check it Out

    Get Our Course

    Affiliate Disclosure: Travel Hacking Mom uses affiliate links. We may receive compensation if you use our links when applying for a credit card at no extra cost to you. This compensation does not impact how or where products appear on this site. Travel Hacking Mom has not reviewed all available credit card offers on this site. Thank you so much if you use our links!

    Editorial Note: The editorial content on this site is not provided by credit card issuer. All opinions, reviews, and recommendations are expressed by the author, not the credit card issuer.