Frugal Travel Hack #1 - Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

Frugal Travel Hack's favorite credit card sign-up bonuses.

My favorite Frugal Travel Hack. In a past I was able to get flights and hotels completely covered with this method. The hack is to open new credit cards that provide great sign-up bonuses.

Chase Ink Preferred   Click to apply
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A business card with a $95 annual fee. Using this link, the sign up bonus is 80,000 points after spending $5,000 within the first three months.

    Frugal Travel Hacks:
  • The 80K points are equivalent to $1,000 towards flights. You must buy tickets from the Chase site.
  • If a person does not have a Corporation/LLC, they still can apply, but select Sole Proprietorship and enter SSN in the Tax Id field.
  • Open another card for your spouse and pool the sign-up bonus points for a total equivalent of $2,000 when used towards travel.
  • Setup Internet, cable, and phone services to pay with this card, as it earns 3x points in these categories.

American Express Blue Cash Preferred   Click to apply
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Not truly a travel card, but with 6% cash back on groceries, deserves a spot as one of the best credit cards on the market. A card has a $95 annual fee.

    Frugal Travel Hacks:
  • Earn 6% CASH back on all of your US grocery shopping, up to $6,000 per year in purchases.
  • Earn 3% CASH back on US gas stations.
  • Earn $250 CASH back after you spend $1,000 within first three months.