While using miles and points for award flights is a great way to get Big Travel with Small Money, there are sights and experiences that can only be had when you’re on a road trip.
It’s the time of year when folks start planning their summer travels, so I’m sharing some tips and tricks to help you save money, time, and earn miles and points when you pack up the car and hit the road!
Hitting the Road This Summer? I’ll Show You Ways to Save Money, Time, and Earn the Most Miles and Points!
You can make your road trip a success by using the right tools, credit cards, and award programs. I’ll show you how!
1. Buy $250+ in Visa Gift Cards Get $20 Back (Free Money!)
Frequent Miler writes, you can make money and earn points on Visa gift cards at Staples (in-store only) next week! Buy $250 or more in Visa Gift cards and you’ll get a $20 rebate (1 per household)! That’s more than enough to cover the ~$7 in activation fees per card.
This Deal Is Good From March 15, 2015, (Sunday) to March 21, 2015!
However, Staples gift cards tend to sell out quickly!
Which cards will give you the most points at Staples?
- AMEX SimplyCash – 5% cash back at US office supply stores
- Chase Ink Bold (no longer available) – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% back) at office supply stores
- Chase Ink Cash – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% back) at office supply stores
- Chase Ink Plus – 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% back) at office supply stores
So if you buy 2 $200 Visa gift cards, you’d pay ~$14 in fees. But you’d get back a $20 rebate, which gives you a profit of ~$6 ($20 rebate – ~$14 in fees).
Plus you’d earn ~$21 in cash back (~$414 in gift cards and fees X 5% cash back) or ~2,070 Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
You can then load the Visa gift cards to your AMEX Serve or Bluebird account. Or use the cards at most places where Visa is accepted.
Staples sells Visa gift cards in several different denominations, so do the math to see which combination works best for you!
Note: This is a $20 rebate, so you’ll have to fill out forms and wait for Staples to mail your $20 gift card.
2. Get an Easy 1,000 Hilton Points!
I’ve written about how you can earn statement credits for hotel stays and shopping with Visa SavingsEdge. But did you know there’s also a free mobile app?
I downloaded the new Visa SavingsEdge app on my phone to see how it works and if it could help you save money!
Find Out If You Should Download the New Visa SavingsEdge App!
1. 2X Wyndham Points for Weekday Stays
You can earn double Wyndham points when you stay weekday nights. To get this bonus, register by April 30, 2015, and complete your stay by May 7, 2015.
You will only earn 2X points on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights during your stay. And you will NOT earn double points on Thursdays at many locations in the Middle East.
Use Your Points to Stay at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort!
You can also transfer Wyndham points to Southwest and they’ll count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.
2. $40 Off $300 for Referring a Friend to Hotels.com
You can save money when you stay at hotels that offer free breakfast.
Why Pay for a Hotel Breakfast When You Can Get It Free?
Some hotels offer free breakfast to everyone, while others only give free breakfast to elite members of their loyalty programs.
Keep reading to find out which hotels make the most important meal of the day the least expensive one!