FUND YOUR TRAVELS

NO MONEY? NO PROBLEM 

Fun and Creative Ways to Fund Your Travels

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Crowdfunding

Once you watch my youtube video on how run successful travel crowdfunding campaign, setup your travel fundraiser at one of these websites:
fundanything.com
fundly.com
fundmytravel.com
fundrazr.com
gofundme.com
gogetfunding.com 
honeyfund.com: Honeymoon crowdfunding registry
peerbackers.com
plumfund.com 
       
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. 

U.S. FLIGHTS

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 Visa Signature
No - $75 25K No Annual guest pass from $121 No No
AMEX Delta SkyMiles Platinum
No - $195 35K - Must spend 1K in 3/mths + $100 credit if you buy from Delta in first 3 mths Yes Yes - Free Yes Discounted to $29
AMEX Gold Delta Skymiles
Yes 30K - Must spend 1K in 3 mths Yes No No Discounted Delta Skyclub access
AMEX Premier Rewards
Yes 25K - Must spend $2K in 3 mths No No No No
Barclay Arrival +
Yes 40K - Must spend 3K in 3 mths No No Yes No
Capital One Venture
Yes 40K - Must spend 3K in 3 mths No No Yes No
Chase Ink Plus Business Card
No - $95 60K till May 25 (then 50K) Must spend 5K in 3 mths No No Yes No
Chase Sapphire Preferred
Yes 40K - Must spend 3K in 3mths No No Yes No
Chase United Mileage Plus Explorer
Yes 50K - Must spend $1K in 3 mths Yes No Yes No
Southwest Rapid Rewards
No - $99 50K - Must spend 2K in 3 mths Yes Unlimited free passes for 1-yr upon earning 110K pts/100 flights/yr Yes No
Virgin America Visa Signature
No - $49 10K ($200 value) - Must buy $1K in 1st 3/mths Yes $150 OFF a guest ticket each year No No

U.S. HOTELS

Credit Card Annual Fee Waived 1st Year? Sign Up Bonus Points Free Checked Bag? Companion Pass? Foreign Transaction Fees Waived? Airport Lounge Access?
Choice Privileges Signature Visa
Yes 32K - Must first pay for a Choice hotel stay using the card No No No No
City Hilton HHonors Reserve
No - $95 2 free wkdn nights + 1 additional night/year No No Yes No
Fairmont Visa Signature
No - $95 2 Complimentary nights w/ breakfast for 2 No NA Yes No
Hyatt Visa
Yes 2 free nights + 1 free night annually No No Yes No
IHG Rewards Club
no - $120 60k for 4 nights at many hotels (or 12 nights w/ Point Breaks) Yes No No No
Marriott Rewards Premier Card
Yes 50K + 1 free night/year No No Yes No

CANADA FLIGHTS

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 Mastercard
No - $120 25K No Yes - 1 annual guest pass for $121 No No
AMEX Gold Rewards
Yes 25K - Must spend $500 in 3 mths No No No No
BMO World Elite Mastercard
No 30K No No No Yes - Priority Pass
TD Aeroplan VISA Infinite
No - $120 15K Yes No No One annual Maple Leaf Lounge Pass
Westjet RBC World Elite Mastercard
No - $99 $250 flight credit Yes Yes - 1 annual guest pass for $99 No No

CANADA HOTELS

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 for up to 5 nights - Must spend $500 in 3 mths No No No No
IHG Capital One Mastercard
No - $120 60K No No No No
Marriott Rewards Premier Visa
Yes 30K + 1 free night annually No No Yes No