One of the common misconceptions that people have about traveling is that plane tickets are really expensive.
The truth is that you can bring your flight costs almost down to 0 if you take advantage of a little known system called Travel Hacking.
A lot of credit card companies will give you massive signup bonuses when you enroll in their credit cards and meet certain requirements. These bonuses are often enough to buy round trip ticket to South America or Europe. You just have to pay the fuel surcharges, which if you’re buying a ticket to Brazil on American Airlines is just $65.
When done right, travel hacking can give you the freedom to be able to jump on a plane to another continent on a whim. In order to get to that level though, you have to know what you’re doing so you avoid making common beginner mistakes.
A few weeks ago I got on Skype with my friend AJ of the Abroaders and asked him to break down how this travel hacking stuff works. AJ and his business partner Erik are true masters of the art of travel hacking, and have gone on some trips that will absolutely blow your mind. Seriously, you’re not going to believe the types of trips that these guys are able to go on, just skip to about 21 minutes in the interview to see what I mean.
If you’re new to this travel hacking stuff and you want to learn what it’s all about and how it works, you’ll definitely want to listen to the interview.
If this is too complicated for you, but you’re sold on the idea of getting cheap flights AJ and Erik also offer a unique travel hacking concierge service. Basically you tell them where you want to go and they’ll tell you which cards to sign up for, how to meet the spending requirements and they’ll book the flight for you for a fraction of the price that you’d pay normally.
We’ve also partnered up to offer this deal specifically for travelers who want to go to and from Brazil. We talk about this offer towards the end of the interview, or you can click on the link below to find out all the details.
:03 All of the countries that AJ has been to in 2014
1:22 How does AJ travel so much? Is he a millionaire?
1:40 What is travel hacking?
2:17 Why travel hacking does not mean just spending a bunch of money on your credit cards.
3:56 Isn’t signing up for a bunch of credit cards bad for your credit?
5:24 how travel hacking can be good for your credit
6:26 A specific example of a credit card you can sign up for to get a super cheap flight to Paris next month.
7:24 What is the fastest way to get a bunch of miles?
8:23 The three main components of travel hacking
10:59 One important clarification we need to make about travel hacking
13:15 The best carriers to fly to Brazil with miles
14:19 Flights that AJ and I booked to Brazil on short notice using miles
16:52 What kind of complexity is involved when booking a flight?
17:34 A little known hack involving American Airlines
18:23 Complexities involved when calling in to book tickets
19:55 How to simplify this process if you’re just going to Brazil
21:25 How Erik saved $12,000 on a round the world flight
21:50 How AJ travel hacked a trip around the world for less than $300.
25:30 The unique full service travel hacking business that AJ and Erik started
27:12 How we’re offering a $397 round trip flight to Brazil to Brazilian Gringo readers
29:12 If you don’t get your flight to Brazil, your money back guarantee
30:04 English teacher Josh asks AJ to explain the term ‘crush it’
If you have any questions about travel hacking or anything else discussed in the interview, leave a comment below and AJ or I will get back to you soon.