FUND YOUR TRAVELS

NO MONEY? NO PROBLEM 

Fun and Creative Ways to Fund Your Travels


Click Here - Ways to Leverage Business Travel to Fund Personal Trips

Click Here - Ways to Camp FREE (or Super Cheap)

Click Here - How to Leverage the Cost of your Wedding to Fund your Honeymoon

Click Here - Ways to Stretch your Travel Dollar in Low Currency Countries

Click Here - How to Stay Connected Abroad Without the Roaming Fees

Click Here - Inexpensive Alternatives to Hotels

Click Here - Ways to Travel Inexpensively Using the Sharing Economy

CLICK HERE - Top U.S. Travel Rewards Credit Cards. Canadian? CLICK HERE for Canadian cards

CLICK HERE - Ways to Avoid Common Travel Surcharges



Crowdfunding

Watch my video on how run successful travel crowdfunding campaign to learn how to setup your travel fundraiser using a crowdfunding website like:
fundanything.com
fundmytravel.com
gofundme.com
honeyfund.com: Honeymoon crowdfunding registry
       
Loyalty Rewards Programs
cardsfortravel.com: Search credit cards by reward type and best overall cards in the U.S. and Canada
flyertalk.com: Offers frequent flier program information with reviews and community forums
milepoint.com: Has a forum so you can talk anything rewards programs with travelers
rewardscanada.ca Follow the latest loyalty program promotions in Canada
rocketmiles.com: Earn bonus points when you book your hotel through rocketmiles
pointshound.com: Get free points for booking through pointshound. Bookings come with a best price guarantee
thefrequentmiler.us: How to leverage systems and multiply your points earnings
thepointsguy.com: Teaches travelers how to travel first class using travel rewards points
travelhacking.org: Keep up to speed on current promotions offering free rewards points

Find a Job Abroad

Great Resources to Get Started

goabroad.com 
transitionsabroad.com 
 

International Employment Agencies

ccusa.com 
theworkingholidayclub.com 

International Jobs

americanhiking.org: Paid and volunteer programs such as repairing hiking trails
care.com: Nanny jobs, housekeeping and pet sitting
goabroad.com: Resource center to work, study, intern and volunteer abroad 
goinglobal.com: International jobs & internships. Expert advice for international work permits/visas
gooverseas.com: Offers resources to teach English, intern, study and volunteer abroad
myworldabroad.com: Thousands of resources covering every aspect of planning for travel abroad.
transitionsabroad.com: For young Americans seeking work, study and accommodations abroad
unitedplanet.org: For mid-career professionals wanting to take a career break to travel
workpermit.com: Offers work permit information by country
workanywhere.com: Find foreign sponsored jobs by country 
 

Internships

gapyear.com: British-based site for international internships

Teach English Abroad

languagecourse.net: Guides you through the teaching process and how to prepare for certification exams  
gooverseas.com: Opportunities to teach English abroad 
 

Cruise ship Jobs

routesinternational.com: Click ‘Cruise Lines’ for a North American cruise line directory
carnival.com
celebrity.com
costacruise.com
hollandamerica.com
ncl.com
princess.com
royalcaribbean.com 

How to get into the cruise line industry 

allcruisejobs.com 
cruiselinejobs.com  

 

Credit Card Sign–Up Bonuses

My RULE OF THUMB is to opt for credit cards that meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Offer a sign-up bonus good for at least: i) one round-trip flight, OR  ii) 2 hotel nights, AND
  2. Annual fee waived the first year, AND
  3. At least one of the following: i) Free checked-bag benefit, ii) A companion pass benefit, iii) Waived foreign transaction fees

By using the following matrix, you can quickly find which cards offer the best overall combination of these benefits. 

FLIGHT REWARDS - U.S. RESIDENTS

Credit Card Annual Fee Waived 1st Year? Sign Up Bonus Points Free Checked Bag? Companion Pass? Foreign Transaction Fees Waived? Airport Lounge Access?
AMEX Delta SkyMiles Platinum
No $195 10K per $25K charged, max 20K miles yr Yes Yes $75 max Yes SkyClub $29/Visit
AMEX Gold Delta Skymiles
Yes 35K min spend 1K in 3mths Yes No Yes SkyClub access for $29
AMEX Platinum
No $550 60K min spend 5K in 3mths $200/yr travel credit No No 15mth Uber credit
AMEX Premier Rewards Gold
Yes 50K min spend $2K in 3mths $100 credit/yr *See Terms No Yes No
Barclaycard Arrival Plus Word Elite
Yes 70K min spend 5K in 3 mths No No Yes No
Barclaycard Lufthansa Miles & More
$50K min spend 5K in 3mths Yes 1 per year Yes Yes 2x/year
Barclays Hawaiian Airlines World Elite
No $99 50K min spend $3K in 3 mths Yes $100 OFF 1 guest tkt/yr Yes No
BoA Alaska Airlines Signature
No $75 30K Yes Annual pass fr. $121 Yes No
BoA Premium Rewards
No $95 50K min spend 3k in 3mths $100/yr travel credit No Yes No
Capital One Venture
Yes 50K min spend 3K in 3 mths No No Yes No
Chase British Airways Signature
No $95 100K min spend 20K in 12 mths No Yes min spend 30K/yr Yes No
Chase Ink Business Preferred
No $95 80K min spend 5K in 3 mths No No Yes No
Chase Sapphire Preferred
Yes 50K min spend 4K in 3mths No No Yes No
Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier
No $99 60K min spend 12K in 12mths FREE to check bags 1yr unlmtd need 110Kpts or 100 flights /yr Yes No
Chase United Mileage Plus Explorer
Yes 50K min spend $3K in 3mths Yes No Yes No
Chase United MileagePlus Club
No $450 50K min spend 3K in 3mths Yes No Yes Yes United Club
Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite
Yes 50K Min spend 6K in 12mths Yes - domestic flights No Yes No

HOTEL REWARDS - U.S. RESIDENTS

Credit Card Annual Fee Waived 1st Year? Sign Up Bonus Points Free Checked Bag? Companion Pass? Foreign Transaction Fees Waived? Airport Lounge Access?
AMEX Hilton Honors
No annual fee 100K min spend 1K in 3mths No No Yes No
AMEX Hilton Honors Ascend
$95 150K min spend 3K in 3mths 1 wknd ngt/yr, 15K min spend No Yes No
AMEX SPG
Yes 75K min spend 3K in 3mths 1 FREE ngt/yr No Yes FREE premium internet
Barclays Choice Hotels Privileges Signature
No annual fee 32K (up to 4 FREE ngts) 1 FREE ngt/yr No No No
Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus
No $95 75K min spend 3K in 3mths 1 FREE ngt/yr No Yes No
Chase World of Hyatt
No 60K min spend 6K in 6mths 2 FREE ngts/yr 15K min spend No Yes No

FLIGHT REWARDS - CANADIAN RESIDENTS

Credit Card Annual Fee Waived 1st Year? Sign Up Bonus Points Free Checked Bag? Companion Pass? Foreign Transaction Fees Waived? Airport Lounge Access?
AMEX Business Gold Rewards
No 30K Min spend 5K in 3mths No No No No
AMEX Cobalt
No Up to 30K No No No No
AMEX Gold Rewards
No 25K min spend $1,500 in 3mths No No No No
AMEX Platinum
No $699 50K min spend 3K in 3mths $200 yearly travel credit No No Yes
BMO Air Miles World Elite
Yes 3000 Air Miles No Yes No Yes Priority Pass
BMO World Elite
Yes 35K No No No Yes Lounge Key
MBNA Alaska Airlines
No $75 25K No Yes 1 annually for $121 No No
RBC British Airways Infinite
No $165 $50K spend 5K in 2mths & keep for 1yr No Yes must charge 30K in 1yr No No
RBC Westjet World Elite
No $119 $250 flight credit Yes 1 guest pass/yr $99 No Yes Lounge Key
TD 1st Class Travel Infinite
Sometimes conditions apply 40K min spend 1K in 3mths No No No No
TD Aeroplan Infinite
No $120 15K Yes on rewards flights only 1 per year No No

HOTEL REWARDS - CANADIAN RESIDENTS

Credit Card Annual Fee Waived 1st Year? Sign Up Bonus Points Free Checked Bag? Companion Pass? Foreign Transaction Fees Waived? Airport Lounge Access?
AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest
No $120 50K min spend $1,500 in 3 mths 1 FREE ngt/yr No No No
MBNA Best Western Rewards
No annual fee 20K No No no No