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.

Hilton Honors   Click to apply
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A personal card with NO annual fee. The sign up bonus is 100,000 Hilton points after spending $1,000 within the first three months.

    Frugal Travel Hacks:
  • Use points to book free hotel nights in any of Hilton hotel's brands, such as Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Curio, DoubleTree, and many more. The hotels start from 5,000 points per night.
  • You will receive Hilton Silver status, which will enable you to book a 5th night free when booking four night using all Points

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.