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Are you tired of not being able to travel because it's just so expensive?

Do finances keep you from your dream destinations and making memories with your family?

In this podcast, we show you how you can fulfill that dream of traveling without spending more money.

We've earned millions of credit card points to travel all over the world and take our families on amazing vacations.

Vacations to Hawaii, Europe, and Disneyland are all possible for nearly free with credit card points and miles.

By using credit cards strategically for your everyday expenses, you too can travel for nearly free!

We can't wait to help you get that first, nearly-free vacation!

Tired of not traveling due to the expense? We can teach you how to travel for pennies on the dollar by using credit card points and miles!

Points Talk with the Travel Mom Squad Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Credit Card Points

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 603 Ratings

Are you tired of not being able to travel because it's just so expensive?

Do finances keep you from your dream destinations and making memories with your family?

In this podcast, we show you how you can fulfill that dream of traveling without spending more money.

We've earned millions of credit card points to travel all over the world and take our families on amazing vacations.

Vacations to Hawaii, Europe, and Disneyland are all possible for nearly free with credit card points and miles.

By using credit cards strategically for your everyday expenses, you too can travel for nearly free!

We can't wait to help you get that first, nearly-free vacation!

Tired of not traveling due to the expense? We can teach you how to travel for pennies on the dollar by using credit card points and miles!

    77. New to Points and Miles? Start Here! Your Beginner's Guide to Points & Miles in 2024

    77. New to Points and Miles? Start Here! Your Beginner's Guide to Points & Miles in 2024

    Ever wonder how some people manage to jet off on amazing vacations without breaking the bank? Today, we're spilling the secrets on how to start traveling almost free by harnessing the power of credit card points and miles. Whether you're a points newbie or just need a refresher, this episode is your passport to becoming a savvy traveler in 2024.
    Hey, it's us, the Travel Mom Squad—Alex, Pam, and Jess! Grab a cup of coffee, and let's break down the basics of earning and redeeming points. It's way simpler than you think, and no, you definitely don't need to be rich or spend a fortune to start racking up those miles.
    Here's what we're unpacking today:
    The Real Scoop on Credit Card Bonuses: Learn how welcome offers work and why you don’t have to spend extra to benefit. Choosing the Right Cards: We dive into why not all cards are created equal and how you can pick the best ones to start stacking up free flights and hotel stays. Smart Spending: Tips on using your card like a debit card to avoid debt while earning points on every dollar you spend. Annual Fees Demystified: Think of annual fees as an investment that pays off in free travel. We'll explain how the benefits far outweigh the costs. We'll also share personal stories and simple strategies to get the most out of your cards without altering your lifestyle. Plus, we'll cover some common myths and mistakes to avoid, ensuring your credit score stays intact and your travel dreams soar.
    Ready to turn your everyday spending into your next vacation? Let’s demystify the points game together. Hit play to dive into the world of points and miles and discover how easy it is to travel for nearly free. Share this episode with friends and family who dream of exploring the world without emptying their wallets!
     
    Links:
    Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey:
    How to Get Your Next Vacation For Nearly Free:  https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 Current Best Credit Card Offers:  https://travelfreely.com/travelmomsquad/   
    Our Website:
    https://travelmomsquad.com
     
    Connect With Us:
    Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Facebook group: Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:00 Intro: Alex introduces the basics of credit card points and miles. 1:11 Clearing Misconceptions: Jess discusses the reality of earning points without excessive spending. 2:46 Credit Card Bonuses: Pam explains how sign-up bonuses work and how to meet spending requirements wisely. 6:24 Long-term Strategy: Jess touches on the sustainability of credit card point strategies over the years. 9:10 Annual Fees Explained: Jess dives into why paying annual fees can be worth it with the right cards. 11:15 Cost-Benefit Analysis: Jess and Pam discuss how the benefits often outweigh the costs of annual fees. 14:18 Card Management After One Year: Pam explains options for managing your credit cards after the annual fee posts. 18:32 Pace Yourself: Jess emphasizes the importance of pacing in the credit card points game to avoid red flags with banks. 20:12 Credit Score Concerns: Alex addresses concerns about the impact of opening new credit cards on credit scores. 25:00 Types of Credit Cards: Jess explains the difference between co-branded cards and flexible point cards. 27:40 Two-Player Mode: Pam discusses how partnering up can maximize point earnings. 29:56 The Chase 5/24 Rule: Alex explains one of the most important rules in the credit card points game.

    • 40 min
    76. Travel Like a Pro: Stephanie’s Journey from Points Beginner to Award Travel Guru

    76. Travel Like a Pro: Stephanie’s Journey from Points Beginner to Award Travel Guru

    Ever wonder how a busy mom of two transformed from a points and miles novice to a traveling on points pro, jet-setting in first class and organizing family vacations for practically pennies on the dollar? Well, buckle up, because today's episode is all about Stephanie's jaw-dropping journey through our Award Travel Academy.
    Join us, Pam, Jess, and Alex, as we dive into Stephanie's adventure into the world of points and miles. From her first tentative steps earning slow-burn points on a single credit card to mastering the art of maximizing sign-up bonuses and leveraging different loyalty programs for incredible getaways, Stephanie's story is nothing short of inspiring.
    Learn how she pulled off a luxurious couple's retreat and a family trip for 12, all while juggling the demands of young kids and a full-time job. It's a tale of patience, savvy planning, and the thrilling highs of scoring that "almost free" travel.
    Stephanie shares her favorite redemption stories, including a dreamy escape to Aruba using a mix of Delta and British Airways points, and a sophisticated system of combining points for a lavish family stay in a ski-in ski-out condo in Colorado.
    Whether you're a points newbie or a seasoned traveler, Stephanie's insights and our tips will help you see that luxury travel isn't just for the rich and famous—it's accessible to anyone who's ready to learn the ropes of the points game.
    So, are you ready to see how you too can travel the world for less? Press play to dive into Stephanie's story and discover how you can start crafting your own travel tales. And remember, if Stephanie and us can do it, so can you! Join us inside the Award Travel Academy and let us help guide you on your journey. Your next adventure awaits, and it’s closer than you think! (Links below!)


     
    Links for this Episode:
    Award Travel Academy:  https://sso.teachable.com/secure/1220720/checkout/4130861/thmata?coupon_code=MAY200 
    ATA Next Level:  https://sso.teachable.com/secure/1220720/checkout/4762583/atanextlevel?coupon_code=MAY200 BOGO Free Bundle!:  https://sso.teachable.com/secure/1220720/checkout/4762603/award-travel-academy-next-level-bundle?coupon_code=TMSBOGO24  
    Our Website:
    https://travelmomsquad.com
     
    Connect With Us:
    Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points | Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:00 Meet Stephanie: Learn how she transformed her family’s travel using points. 1:42 Discovering Points: Stephanie shares her early experiences with earning and using points.  5:38 Joining the Academy: Find out why Stephanie joined Award Travel Academy and its impact. 13:07 Aruba Trip: Details on Stephanie’s strategic use of points for a trip to Aruba. 22:07 Colorado Family Trip: Stephanie plans a family ski trip to Colorado entirely on points. 31:24 Future Travels: Insights into Stephanie’s future travel plans and dream destinations. 34:37 Q&A: Stephanie answers questions about her travel strategies 42:37 Wrap-Up: Key takeaways from Stephanie’s journey and an invite to join Award Travel Academy.

    • 43 min
    75. Chase Sapphire Smackdown: Preferred vs Reserve – Which Card Wins Your Wallet?

    75. Chase Sapphire Smackdown: Preferred vs Reserve – Which Card Wins Your Wallet?

    Ever wonder whether the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve is the right card for you? Well, today we're diving deep into both to help you figure out which card might fit your wallet better.
    Hey, we're the Travel Mom Squad (Pam, Jess, and Alex), and in today’s chat, we're breaking down everything you need to know about these two popular cards from Chase. From the nitty-gritty of their benefits to the best ways to utilize their perks, we've got you covered.
    The Chase Sapphire Preferred is our go-to recommendation for those new to the points game. With a lower annual fee and solid rewards, it’s a powerhouse for anyone starting out. 
    On the flip side, the Chase Sapphire Reserve is like the Preferred’s big sibling, with a heftier fee but a ton of premium perks. Think $300 travel credit that you can use for just about anything travel-related, from taxis to flights, which makes its higher fee more palatable. 
    Both cards have their merits, and the best one for you depends heavily on how much you travel and what kinds of benefits you value most. If you're a frequent traveler who loves splurging on travel and dining, the Reserve might be up your alley. But if you're just dipping your toes into the world of travel rewards, the Preferred might be a better fit.
    So, are you ready to pick a card that aligns with your travel aspirations and spending habits? Join us as we delve into the details, share our personal experiences, and maybe, just maybe, help you decide which card will earn a spot in your wallet.
    Remember, the right card for you is the one that matches your travel style and budget. Hit play to get the full scoop and kickstart your journey with the right Chase card for you!
     
    Links For This Episode: 
    Chase Sapphire Preferred: Travel Mom Squad | Card Offer  Chase Sapphire Reserve: Travel Mom Squad | Card Offer  Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey:
    How to Get Your Next Vacation For Nearly Free:  https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 Current Best Credit Card Offers:  https://travelfreely.com/travelmomsquad/  
    Our Website:
    https://travelmomsquad.com
     
    Connect With Us:
    Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Facebook group: Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points | Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad  

    Episode Minute By Minute:
    1:24: Overview of both cards' benefits and the importance of choosing one. 2:16: Deep dive into the Sapphire Preferred's perks, including the $50 hotel credit and its real-world application. 3:09: Sapphire Reserve’s high-end benefits explained, including the $300 easy-to-use travel credit. 5:18: Key differences between Sapphire Preferred and Reserve, focusing on points value and earnings on travel. 6:42: Priority Pass benefits with the Reserve and upcoming changes affecting restaurant credits. 8:01: How to reapply for Sapphire cards, including wait times and strategies for downgrading or upgrading. 13:12: Recap of current card offers and how they influence the decision on which card to apply for. 16:46: Discussion and personal preferences on choosing between the Sapphire Preferred and Reserve based on individual travel and spending habits. 20:04: Final thoughts on selecting the right Chase Sapphire card.  

    • 22 min
    74. Exploring Korea and Japan on a Budget: Family Travel with Points and Miles

    74. Exploring Korea and Japan on a Budget: Family Travel with Points and Miles

    Ever wonder how to tackle a family trip to Korea and Japan without breaking the bank? Buckle up because today's episode is a real treat! Our very own Digital Business Manager, Megan, joins us to share her savvy strategies for a dream family vacation on a budget. Imagine flying your family halfway across the world and navigating foreign cities, all made significantly more affordable through the magic of points and miles.
    Megan and her husband, parents to three adorable kids (including seven-year-old twins!), took the plunge and orchestrated a memorable adventure to Korea and Japan. From finding flights from small airports with surprising connections to making strategic decisions about where to splurge and save, Megan’s approach is a masterclass in points and miles.
    Starting in Seoul and journeying through Japan, Megan’s story is filled with fun, food, and family. Her tips on using points for different aspects of the trip will inspire you to consider how you can leverage your travel rewards for unforgettable family experiences.
    Whether you’re dreaming of neon-lit nights in Tokyo or serene mornings in Seoul, this episode will show you that such a grand adventure is within reach. Ready to learn how you can give your family the world without emptying your wallet? Hit play and join us for a journey through Korea and Japan with Megan’s travel savvy insights. Remember, this is just the sneak peek, so listen to the full episode for all the gems Megan has to offer!
     
    Links:
    Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey:
    How to Get Your Next Vacation For Nearly Free:  https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 Current Best Credit Card Offers:  https://travelfreely.com/travelmomsquad/  
    Our Website:
    https://travelmomsquad.com
     
    Connect With Us:
    Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points | Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad  
    Links For This Episode: 
    Grand Hyatt Seoul: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/south-korea/grand-hyatt-seoul/selrs Mimaru Osaka Shinsaibashi West: https://tidd.ly/4dbzgqj (affiliate link) Hyatt Place Kyoto: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/hyatt-place-kyoto/kyozk Hyatt Regency Tokyo: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/hyatt-regency-tokyo/tyoty Hilton Tokyo Bay: https://tidd.ly/49Hw02G (affiliate link) Hyatt Regency DFW: https://www.hyatt.com/hyatt-regency/dfwap-hyatt-regency-dfw-international-airport  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    2:30 Details on booking Delta flights through Air France from Rochester, NY to Seoul 4:16 Arrival in Seoul and first impressions; navigating from the airport 5:52 Staying in Seoul at the Grand Hyatt: How Megan managed hotel bookings on points and the unexpected benefits they enjoyed. 7:34 Moving from Korea to Japan, including flight details and using points for a short regional hop. 8:48 Experiencing Osaka and Universal Studios Japan, discussing both the logistics and the highlights of their visit. 10:27 Kyoto adventures: Staying at Hyatt Place and how Megan made the most of hotel points and category changes. 12:15 Cultural experiences and navigating with kids in Kyoto, including a day trip to Nara. 14:03 Final leg in Tokyo: Navigating the city, enjoying local attractions, and managing accommodations at the Hyatt Regency. 16:22 Discussing the unique offerings at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, including how they used park tickets and what set DisneySea apart. 18:40 Wrapping up the trip: Megan’s reflections on what worked, what didn’t, and how the trip impacted their family. 20:15 Final thoughts and takeaways on using points for large family travel and a teaser for what’s next for Megan and her family!  

    • 55 min
    73. Singapore to Kuala Lumpur: A Points-Fueled Journey Through Asia's Icons

    73. Singapore to Kuala Lumpur: A Points-Fueled Journey Through Asia's Icons

    Ever wondered what it's like to jet off to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on a whim? Well, strap in because that's exactly what we did, and we're spilling all the details on how we turned points into a spectacular adventure. Join us, Pam, Jess, and Alex, as we recount our journey from scoring an insane deal on premium economy tickets to exploring the vibrant streets and stunning views of two of Asia's most dynamic cities.
    Thanks to a lucky find by Alex, we grabbed tickets on a Singapore Airlines Global Redemption sale, scoring premium economy seats without the premium price tag. It was Jess's brilliant idea, and although skeptical at first, we were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable premium economy could be. Pam even vowed she might skip business class more often—well, maybe!
    Our trip didn't stop in Singapore. A short flight later, courtesy of the same sale, we found ourselves in Kuala Lumpur, where the vibe is distinctly different but no less fascinating. From the dizzying heights of the Petronas Twin Towers to the colorful chaos of the Batu Caves, KL offered us a tapestry of experiences—all without costing a fortune. Our guide, armed with local knowledge and a comfy car, showed us the city's hidden gems, proving that the best tours aren't always the most expensive.
    Both cities saw us staying in style at Hyatts thanks to our stash of points and a couple of suite upgrades. In Singapore, our suite at the Andaz was more than just a room—it was our sanctuary after long days of exploring. In KL, the Grand Hyatt treated us to stunning city views and a luxurious base from which to dive into our short but sweet visit.
    Ready to jet off on your own points-fueled adventure to Asia or anywhere else your heart desires? Hit play to join our journey and maybe start plotting one of your own, and follow the links below! Remember, the world's just a few points away!
     
    Links:
    Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey:
    How to Get Your Next Vacation For Nearly Free:  https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 Current Best Credit Card Offers:  https://travelfreely.com/travelmomsquad/  
    Links for this episode:
    Andaz Singapore Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur The Witty Guide (Singapore) Flytographer—Gan (Singapore) Seven Wonders of KL With a Local TMS Amazon Store  
    Our Website:
    https://travelmomsquad.com
     
    Connect With Us:
    Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Facebook group: Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad
     
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:30 Kicking off with how we snagged a deal on Singapore Airlines and planned our spontaneous adventure. 1:15 Flying high in premium economy: Our initial skepticism turns to surprise with the comfort and perks of flying just a notch below business. 2:48 Jess shares her nifty trick for early lounge access. 4:27 Touchdown Singapore! Our first impressions and how we made the most of our Hyatt stay with points and perks. 6:05 Kuala Lumpur calling...A hop over to KL with budget-friendly flights and our cultural deep dive with a local guide. 8:22  Luxe life at Hyatt properties in both cities, all on points. 10:34 Exploring the streets and sights from Gardens by the Bay in Singapore to the Batu Caves in KL, we share the must-dos and the must-sees. 15:02 How we maximized our travel rewards for a nearly free vacation and tips for your next points adventure. 17:30 How you can start planning your own points journey to Asia or beyond.

    • 55 min
    72. Explore Roatán with Pam: Luxe Escape On Points & Miles at Kimpton Grand

    72. Explore Roatán with Pam: Luxe Escape On Points & Miles at Kimpton Grand

    Ever wondered how a tropical vacation to Roatán might feel, but worried about the cost? Or maybe you’re wondering where Roatán even is! Well, buckle up and grab a piña colada because Pam just returned from an unforgettable adventure to Roatán, and she’s here to spill all the details on how she did it on points and miles. This will be the next tropical vacation on your dream list list! 
    Hey, it’s us, the Travel Mom Squad—Pam, Jess, and Alex—and in today’s episode, we’re taking a deep dive into Pam’s recent journey to the beautiful island of Roatán, located off the coast of Honduras. Pam, fresh off the plane, is bursting with stories from her three-generational trip with her daughter and granddaughter. From their luxurious stay at the Kimpton Grand Roatán to exploring the island's lush landscapes and vibrant coral reefs, Pam’s got tips and tricks to share that could make your next vacation both lavish and affordable.
    Now, you know we’ve all raved about the Kimpton Seafire in Grand Cayman before, so the big question on our minds was: How does the new Kimpton in Roatán stack up? Well, Pam’s here to tell you all about it, from the breathtaking ocean views to the unique 'barefoot luxury' vibe that Kimpton nails so perfectly.
    Whether you’re a points and miles pro or just starting to dip your toes in, this episode is packed with insights that’ll have you booking your next island getaway faster than you can say "snorkel." So pull up a beach chair, tune in, and let’s dive into the tropical bliss of Roatán with Pam.
     
    Free Gifts and Resources To Start Your Points and Miles Journey:
    How to Get Your Next Vacation For Nearly Free:  https://travelmomsquad.lpages.co/freevacation/ Award Travel Academy: https://travelmomsquad.teachable.com/p/thmata?coupon_code=TMSWEB150 Current Best Credit Card Offers:  https://travelfreely.com/travelmomsquad/  Our Website:
    https://travelmomsquad.com
    Connect With Us:
    Newsletter signup: https://travelmomsquad.com/newsletter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/travelmomsquad/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@travelmomsquad Facebook group: Travel Mom Squad: Travel on Points | Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelmomsquad
    Links for this episode:
    Kimpton Seafire Resort: Luxury in Grand Cayman  Kimpton Hotels Are My Favorite IHG Brand  Purchasing IHG Points: Does It Make Sense? All About IHG Credit Cards IHG Personal Card: Travel Mom Squad | Card Offer IHG Business Card: Travel Mom Squad | Card Offer  
    Episode Minute By Minute:
    0:50 How did Pam get to Roatán? All about her flight journey and a night in Houston. 3:00 Pam touches down in Roatán and heads to the stunning Kimpton Grand. 5:18 Let’s talk points: How much did Pam's luxurious stay cost in points? 7:49 Getting around in Roatán made easy: Pam's tips on hotel shuttles and local transport. 10:17 First impressions: Pam falls in love with the Kimpton Grand Roatán. 12:41 Underwater adventures: Snorkeling around the island. 13:55 Feasting in Roatán: Where Pam dined and what she loved. 17:37 Don't miss out! Learn how you can travel like Pam in our upcoming webinar. 18:05 Back to the food: More on Pam’s top dining spots right near the beach. 22:00 Kimpton Roatán vs. Kimpton Seafire: Pam weighs in on which one stole her heart. 25:02 Celebration time: How the Kimpton Grand Roatán made a birthday special. 30:45 Wrapping up: Why you'll want to pack your bags for Roatán after this chat.  

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
603 Ratings

603 Ratings

JamieCB 14 ,

I have learned so much!

I have learned so much from listening to this podcast. They give so much info and it is easy to relate to. I’m excited to start traveling more this year on points. I already have a couple big trips planned that I never thought was possible!

eddiespaghettimeatballpie ,

Great podcast but…..

This is a great podcast. Very valuable information and topics which really relate to the beginner-intermediate points travel enthusiast. But…. The latest episode worries me a bit because I have heard/seen too many podcasts in this genre turn to the infomercial format to promote the “paid classes” they offer. It starts innocently enough by mentioning the class each episode. Then, before you know it, a third or more of the podcasts (now more like infomercials) released are interviews with people who took the paid class. They spend most of the episode recounting all the things these paid classes offer and so much less time spent on providing actual information on travel points and strategies for the listener. Yes, this latest episode is a departure from the normal, usually informative format and I hope it it an anomaly. Please don’t become the next “Families Fly Free Podcast” of weekly infomercial fame. Thank you and hopes for continued good work ahead for you ladies.

Thompson0510 ,

So much valuable information

I discovered this podcast early this year and have learned so much valuable information about traveling on points and miles. Thanks to all the tips I’ve learned, my families hotels for our 3 week road-trip this summer are completely covered by points and I have enough points saved to book Hawaii for next summer as soon as I am able to book. Thank you so much, ladies for all your hard work!

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