In this video I’m going to show you how to fly round trip to Brazil for $65.
I’ve been flying to Brazil for a few years now and in during time I’ve never paid full price for a plane ticket here. A full price plane ticket costs somewhere around $1200, and I’ve been paying around $100, less than that most of the time to fly here round trip. So how am I doing it?
The answer is quite simple, its really not that much of a secret, I use frequent flier miles to fly to Brazil. The nuance here is that where most people think you actually have to spend a lot of money to get frequent flier miles, I’m not really spending any money at all to get the frequent flier miles I use to fly to Brazil.
Traditionally you have to spend $1 to get every mile that you use with these airline companies, but the way I’ve been doing it is I’ve been taking advantage of the really high mileage bonuses that these credit cards give you when you sign up for one of their credit cards.
So for example, a while ago I signed up for this Citi Advantage card that gave me 50,000 American Airlines miles when I spent $3,000 within 3 months. A one way ticket to Brazil during off season is 20,000 miles, so I was able to get a round trip ticket for 40,000 miles and still have 10,000 miles to spare, and the total cost of that plane ticket was $65 [for taxes and other booking fees].
In order to meet the spending requirement for that credit card, I didn’t actually spend 3,000. I spent the money to meet the requirement, but no money actually came out of my pocket. The way that you can do this is by using Amazon Payments. So for example you send $1,000 to a friend of yours [funded by your credit card], who sends $1,000 [with their credit card] to a third friend, who sends it back to you [also funded by their credit card so that they can do this too].
You create this triangle where you’re all sending each other money funded by your credit card, and then you withdraw that money to your bank account and pay off your credit card bill with that. You do this once a month for three months and you’ve met the minimum spending requirement, and you get the miles credited to your account.
That is the basic way that you can take advantage of this Travel Hacking system. With everything I’ve just told you have enough information now to go out there and find some credit card offers and get some miles and figure out how to fly to Brazil or wherever you want to go for cheap. But there is a lot of nuance to this. Thats the basic way, but there are really high level things you can do with travel hacking when you know how to take advantage of the mileage system.
My friends Idahosa and Erik, they really really know what they’re doing with this stuff. Erik flew business class to New York, to Santiago, to Lima, to Rio de Janeiro with 1 week stop overs in each of those places for 50,000 United miles. So he basically got 3 trips for the price of one, business class. He paid for the trip using miles that he got for free, and just had to pay a small amount for the fees on those tickets.
He had this ridiculous flight that would’ve cost him thousands of dollars and he got it almost for free, and thats the kind of thing you can learn when you apply travel hacking techniques properly.
If you want to learn more about Travel Hacking, Erik and Idahosa have a free 5 day mini course that you can sign up to that will give you all of the basics about travel hacking so that you can take advantage of the system and flying for free. I dont really want to be here answering questions about this full time, theres a lot of high level stuff that I’m not really qualified to answer, but these guys are.
I’ll see you down here in Brazil one day.