If you want to be an avid traveler but you’re not rich, there are certain things you’ve got to be willing to do. I’m far from rolling in the dough but at the same time, I must have travel in my life so there are ways I compensate.
I could sit here and tell you all the blah blah blah of cutting corners on everyday expenses but you already know those.
I have a way or two you may not have thought about, and I literally just saved $2315.00 on my last vacation.
Actually, I probably didn’t save that much because I overspent in other ways…..but only because I could.
This is an actual image of the colossal savings my travel partner and I achieved on our last vacation to New Orleans. We wrote this up right after booking the flights and hotel.
I know, you’re jealous. I’m a little jealous of myself because it was so great.
Here’s how we did it.
My travel partner is an avid Airmiles collector. She charges literally everything on her Airmiles Visa card, and then pays the card.
By doing this her flight miles grow exponentially. In fact, we even charged all our tour bookings for this trip to her card, and I just paid her in cash. So we were accumulating miles on the trip we just paid for with the same miles.
There are tons of flight mile credit cards out there. If travel is a top priority in your life, get one and use it. All. The. Time.
Airmiles is a Canadian point collecting system and the program has hundreds of shopping affiliates where you can earn points for shopping. Groceries, Amazon, fuel, etc. If you’re truly on a mission to build miles it’s not hard.
I have other friends who are avid collectors as well, and I’ve cashed in on many a flight from their miles. My mother also collects so I have a joint card on her Airmiles account and we accumulate under one account, together.
Maybe you’re asking why other people would buy me flights using their own miles?
Because I have something to trade for it.
I work on-call for a worldwide hotel brand. Although the hotel was my full time job for years, I moved on to bigger and better things. But I never quit the hotel. Instead I agreed to stay with the company on an on-call basis.
This is the part that’s not as easy. If you’ve never worked for a hotel chain chances are slim you’d get hired on an on-call basis. But you could easily obtain a part-time job with them.
I love travel REALLY bad so I was willing to work two jobs, 6 nights a week for a good while, just to show them I was invested. Then I whittled my way down to on-call status.
So basically I’m employed by the hotel but I don’t actually work. Occasionally I’ll volunteer to work a shift or two just so they know I’m still interested, but otherwise, I don’t really work there.
The benefit of working for a major hotel brand is they always have a “friends and family” travel plan. With my chain, I can add up to ten friends and family to my travel perks.
I’ve added all the people who collect Airmiles, and we basically benefit from each other. They take care of flights, I take care of hotels.
It’s a major win for both sides.
If you’re an avid traveler, what ways have you come up with to buck the system and do it cheaply?