Favorite Travel Resources

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Alaska Airlines Visa Signature

  • 30,000 bonus miles after you make at least $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days.
  • Annual companion fare from $121 ($99, plus taxes and fees from $22) after you make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening. There are no blackout dates.
  • No foreign transaction feesplus chip enabled for enhanced security when used at chip-enabled terminals.
  • $75 annual fee not waived for the first year


Hotel Bookings

AirBnB - Get $40 off your first booking
Hotels Combined   – Compares many different booking sites to find the best price
Hotel Promo Codes - Flyertalk – Lists current hotel promo codes from various sites
Hotel Bonus Points Offers – Lists current bonus point offers from various hotel chains
Rocket Miles – Receive airmiles for hotel bookings. Get 1,000 extra bonus miles with this link
Hostels.com – Most extensive website for hostels worldwide
Hotel Hustle – See what points hotels are available in a particular city, and how many points it will cost.
Award Mapper – Site has a great user interface, but is not up to date. Shows how many points per night to book at various chain hotels
Extreme Hotel Deals – A great site to follow by email or RSS. Posts occasionally about extremely discounted hotel rooms often mistake rates.

  

Travel Blogs


Saverocity – This is a network of several travel bloggers

Travel Forums




Cheap Airfare Deals



Flight Booking Resources


Google Flights – My go-to site for exploring routes, prices, and which airlines fly a particular route
ITA Matrix – Allows searching 1 month at a time across multiple airports at once.
Flight Connections -  Great for travel planning, shows all routes with carriers and schedules
List of Award Charts - Travel is Free – Compiled list of travel resources including Airline Award Charts


Mileage Tracking

Award Wallet – Popular Site for tracking miles & points balances as well as membership IDs and passwords


Car Rentals

AutoSlash – Will also track existing car rental reservation and notify if a cheaper rate becomes available
Costco Travel – Often has the best rates, must have Costco Membership
Hotwire – Gives a “Book Now” from a mystery rental company that is often the cheapest rate
Car Rental Bonus Offers – List of car rental bonus offers by company



Free Credit Score Monitoring
Credit Karma – Free credit score monitoring. Shows how many credit inquiries, open accounts, etc…

Credit Sesame – Another Free credit score monitoring service. I regularly use both sites.

Timeshare Booking Sites (note: this is to rent other people’s timeshare weeks, not buy them)

Redweek – Does have an $18.99 yearly membership fee to book, but can view properties for free


Share Ride Services


Cashback Portals - Get Cashback at many travel sites


Hotel Loyalty Programs

Marriott Receive up to 10,000 bonus points, 2,000 per paid stay with this referral link
Choice HotelsReceive 500 points bonus after your first stay with this link

Useful Links

Vacations to Go - 90 Day Ticker - Want to go on a ridiculously cheap cruise? This is the website! Very, very discounted cruises if you are able to leave short notice. 7 day Alaska Cruises $299. Also check out their re-positioning cruises where the ships only go one way. Often these rates are cheaper than flying.

Credit Card Application Reconsideration Line Phone Numbers & Application Status Links
RV Share – Rent private individuals RVs
HIP Escapes – Europe hotel deals and special getaways. 20€ Off your first booking with this link
Travel Zoo – Heavily Discounted Vacation Packages, Hotels, and Flight Deals
Coyle Hospitality – Mystery shopping company for high end hotels. Must sign up to see offerings
Job Slinger – Mystery shopping directory. Sometimes has some good restaurant shops
Groupon – Possible to find some good local deals on restaurants and activities.
Gift Card Wiki – A directory for discounted gift cards. Save up to 40% on some gift cards
Gift Card Mall – Buy Visa Gift Cards Online to meet minimum spend requirements

GiftCards.com – Buy Visa Gift Cards Online to meet minimum spend requirements
Flyertalk - Credit Card Churning Guide  - A favorite forum link from Flyertalk offering advice on credit card churning








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