The Best Travel Credit Card

I started my blog in December 2015 and lately I’ve felt the need to take a step back. Why am I doing this? I’m not trying to brag about all the places I go. It’s genuinely a hobby and a passion.

I’ve found myself looking back at my blog posts that typically state the places I go, what I did, and how much it costs but often forgetting the most important part…how I got there.

I want to help you, your friends, anyone to make travel dreams happen. A lot of people I know can’t wrap their heads around  the crazy trips I do. Honestly I don’t spend a ton. I often use points to book all my airfare.

For those of you who know me this is something I am super passionate about. Sometimes I wonder why I’m not in sales, because I pitch this credit card to a lot of my friends. It boggles my mind how many of my friends still use their debit card.

My personal favorite: the Southwest credit card

Why?

Here is my personal snapshot on Southwest for 2015:

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Pro: After I signed up I earned 30,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months. DONE! So easy right? That is included in my 42,291 points shown above.

You get 2x points on all Southwest purchases and 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

You get 6,000 anniversary points.

AND no foreign transaction fees. Save 3%. Yep. I use this all the time while traveling internationally.

Con: Annual fee. While you can find a lot of credit cards without annual fees these days, I strongly believe you get more than the $95 you spend in the annual fee.

 

In 2015, I flew to San Francisco & Ohio for free using points. I would suggest using the low calendar fare and if you are flexible you can get some really good deals. Especially when Southwest has its sales. On average those flights cost about $ flying from Phoenix.

  • $321.96 PHX to SFO
  • $204.98 PHX to CMH (one way)
  • =$526.94 total savings!
  • -$95 annual fee
  • =$431.94 savings

Granted I spend most of my purchases on this card. Another thing I love about Southwest is their cancellation policy. You can cancel and use the credit. Plus, you get two free checked bags. Sometimes when you are searching for flights you have to take that into consideration. Although, a Frontier flight might be cheaper they will charge you for the seat and bags.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here and start planning your dream travels. Right now they have a 50,000 after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months… which is even more points than I got aka more savings!

I hope to focus a lot more of my posts the specifics to get help you plan really cheap weekend trips or even a trip of your dreams. I have a few other travel credit cards so I’ll be sure to let you know in future posts what I use and how I get there. Let me know if you have any questions! I’d love to help 🙂

 

 

 

 

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