✈️ Introduction to travel rewards. ✈️ Learn how travel hackers use miles, points, and credit card benefits to get into airline lounges, fly in business class, and travel on the cheap.

by Aaron Hurd | at Minnebar 18 | 10:20 – 11:05 in Bde Maka Ska | View Schedule

Ever wonder how people travel the world for pennies on the dollar using frequent flyer miles, credit card rewards, hotel points, and travel rewards? Learn how in this session.

I presented a version of this for the last two years at Minnebar, and I'm reprising it by popular demand.

This will be an introductory session for those curious or starting out in the travel reward game. In this session, we'll cover:

The basics of how travel rewards work. You'll learn the fundamentals of how travel rewards work with an example using Chase Ultimate Rewards, an easy-to-use bank rewards program that offers cash back, travel rewards, and point transfers to airline and hotel partners.

Easy airline transfer partners. I'll show you the airline programs I use most often to find business class international flights and cheap hotel rooms.

An plan to get started. I'll present an actionable plan that you can use to get started collecting and redeeming travel rewards using Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Enhancing your travel experience by buying benefits. Airport lounge access, companion certificates, hotel night certificates. How to think about buying these benefits at a discount with credit cards.

Cards I like. Credit cards I like for travel rewards and travel benefits. I'll share the cards I particularly like for travel rewards and benefits.

We'll reserve some time for a question/answer session at the end. And I'll stick around outside the room afterward to jam about travel rewards.

Aaron Hurd is a credit card and travel rewards expert who has been a paid contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, TIME, Forbes, Nerdwallet, Bankrate, The Points Guy, SFGate.com, and many more recognizable outlets, with over 1,000 published articles over the last decade and a half. His current project is building out Cards and Points, where he gives his own take on credit cards and travel rewards.

Cards and Points - Everything credit cards, miles, and points.

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Aaron Hurd

Aaron Hurd is a nationally recognized expert about credit cards, loyalty programs and travel rewards. He has been published by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Rolling Stone and dozens of other outlets.

In 2020, he left a corporate job to pursue freelance content creation and now spends most of his time helping people access new travel adventures, discover new places and make better use of personal finance products.

In addition to freelance writing, Aaron runs a strategic consultancy where he helps clients reexamine their business processes and learn how to run their businesses better.

He is on Twitter at @aaronmhurd and has a personal website.

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