Talking Points With Thrifty Traveler: February 9th
Starting this week, we will be introducing a new weekly segment in which we will be answering 3-4 reader questions. The questions can be anything from credit card points & miles, travel recommendations, flight questions, etc. Have a question you would like us to answer? Email me [email protected] to be featured in this new weekly segment.
If you had to recommend one travel rewards credit card for a newbie, what would it be?
As a part of our Thrifty Traveler Premium credit card consulting service, I answer a lot of questions around credit cards. The goal of the service is to help premium subscribers put together a solid points & miles earning strategy and help them achieve their travel goals, all while saving a ton of money.
This is a question I get asked often and my answer hasn’t changed for quite some time. The #1 card for anybody getting started with the credit card travel rewards is the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. The current sign up bonus can be redeemed for up to $625 towards travel and the annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year. One of our favorite ways to redeem these points is to book flight deals found here at Thrifty Traveler.
What is one of the biggest travel mistakes?
I think one of the biggest mistakes we consistently see people make is giving their loyalty to an airline when they don’t have elite status. What I mean by this is that if you are not flying on say Delta enough to have one of their levels of elite status, there is no reason to exclusively fly that airline.
We see a lot of readers give their loyalty to one airline because they have the co-branded credit card. Those cards typically have annual fees and may not be worth it if you’re not getting enough benefits. There are plenty of airline co-branded cards, all of which offer great sign-up bonuses.
We feature deals on the main site from a number of airlines, and even more with our Thrifty Traveler Premium service. Shopping around is going to be your best bet to save money.
Do you have any recommendations for Munich, Germany?
How can I save if I have inflexible travel dates?
Having inflexible travel dates can make saving on your airfare cost difficult. The first thing I would recommend is setting up a price alert on Google Flights. This will automatically notify you via email if the price of the flight you are looking at drops. Using points & miles is also a good option when your dates are not flexible.
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