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?
AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite
Yes 60K Must spend 3K in 3mths Yes on AA domestic flights No Yes No
Alaska Airlines Signature
No $75 30K Yes Annual pass from $121 Yes No
AMEX Delta SkyMiles Platinum
No $195 10K Must spend 25K/yr Yes Yes $75 max Yes Yes $29
AMEX Gold Delta Skymiles
Yes 30K Must spend 1K in 3mths Yes No No Delta Skyclub access discount
AMEX Platinum
No $550 60K Must spend 5K in 3mths $200/yr travel credit + $15mth Uber credit No No No
AMEX Premier Rewards Gold
Yes 50K Must spend $2K in 3mths $100/yr credit for airline fees No Yes No
Barclay Arrival+
Yes 40K Must spend 3K in 3 mths No No Yes No
BoA Premium Rewards
No $95 50K Must spend 3k in 3mths $100 annual travel credit No Yes No
British Airways Signature
No $95 75K Spend 3K in 3mths + 10K/1yr No Yes Must spend 30K in 1/yr Yes No
Capital One Venture
Yes 50K Must spend 3K in 3 mths No No Yes No
Chase Ink Business Preferred
No $95 80K Must spend 5K in 3 mths No No Yes No
Chase Sapphire Preferred
Yes 50K Must spend 4K in 3mths No No Yes No
Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier
No $99 40K Must spend 1K in 3mths FREE to check bags 1yr unltd. after 110Kpts or 100flights /yr Yes No
United Mileage Plus Explorer
Yes 50K Must spend $3K in 3mths Yes No Yes No
United MileagePlus Club
No $450 50K Must spend 3K in 3mths Yes No Yes Yes

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 50K Must spend 1K in 3mths No No No No
AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass
$95 ($75 till 01-18-18) 75K Must spend 3K in 3mths No No Yes No
AMEX SPG
Yes 25K Must spend 3K in 3mths No No Yes + FREE premium internet No
Chase Hyatt
Yes 40K Must spend 2K in 3mths + 1 FREE ngt/yr No No Yes No
Choice Privileges Signature
Yes 32K + 1 FREE ngt/yr No No No No
Marriott Rewards Premier
No $85 80K must spend 3K in 3mths + 1 FREE ngt/yr No No No No
Ritz- Carlton Rewards
No $450 2 FREE ngts must spend 4K in 3mths $300 annual travel credit $100 OFF multi flier bookings Yes Yes

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?
Alaska Airlines
No $75 25K No Yes 1 annually for $121 No No
AMEX Business Gold Rewards
Yes 30K Must spend 5K in 3mths No No No No
AMEX Cobalt
No Up to 40K No No No No
AMEX Gold Rewards
No 25K Must spend $1,500 in 3mths No No No No
AMEX Platinum
No $699 50K Must spend 3K in 3mths $200 yearly travel credit No No Yes
AMEX Scotia Bank Gold
Yes 25K Must spend $1K in 3mths No No No No
BMO Air Miles World Elite
Yes 3000 Air Miles No Yes No Yes Priority Pass
BMO World Elite
Yes 20K No No No Yes Priority Pass
RBC British Airways Infinite
No $165 $50K spend 5K in 2mths & keep for 1yr No Yes Must charge 30K in 1yr No No
TD 1st Class Travel Infinite
Yes 50K Must spend 1K in 3mths No No No No
TD Aeroplan Infinite
No $120 15K given on 1st charge Yes AC Rewards Flight Only 1/yr AC Rewards Flight Only No Once Annually on Air Canada Rewards Flight Only
Westjet RBC World Elite
No $99 $250 flight credit Yes Yes 1 annual guest pass for $99 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 20K Must spend $1,500 in 3 mths No No No No
Best Western Rewards
No annual fee 20K Must use card once No No no No