Abroaders Podcast (travel hacking)

Good negotiation skills can earn you thousands of dollars in extra points each year. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik discuss the 5 rules of travel hacking negotiation and explain when you should ask for more points from banks and airlines. You’ll also learn a trick that can save you hundreds of dollars in fees when you need to change your award itinerary after booking. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/negotiation

Direct download: AP_023-Negotiation_for_Travel_Hackers.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 9:35am EDT

AP 022 - The Flow of Language with Mimic Method

Learning a foreign language can be a huge undertaking. Even if you learn vocabulary and some basic phrases, it can be overwhelming to communicate and all but impossible to understand the locals. In today's episode, AJ and Erik interview Idahosa Ness—an entrepreneur and travel hacker who has taught thousands of students to imitate native speakers with the Mimic Method. You can find shownotes at http://abroaders.com/flow

Direct download: AP_022_-_The_Flow_of_Language_with_the_Mimic_Method.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

The Chilean government is giving away $40,000 in no-strings attached money to early-stage entrepreneurs who want to grow their business while living in Santiago, Chile. In today's episode, AJ and Erik interview Andy Josuweit, founder of Student Loan Hero, about his entrepreneurial journey and the Startup Chile experience.. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/loanhero

Direct download: AP_021__Building_a_Business_Abroad.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Fuel surcharges can add over one thousand dollars to the cost of your “free” award ticket. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik explain how fuel surcharges work and how to avoid, or at least minimize their impact on your frequent flyer portfolio. You'll learn two specific ways you can get the miles you need for a 1st class award on US Airways (before prices go up).  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/fuel.

Direct download: AP_020_-_Avoiding_Fuel_Surcharges_on_Awards.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

 

Many of the best signup bonuses require you to put a minimum amount of spending on your credit  card before you can earn your windfall of frequent flyer points. If you apply for multiple cards in a round of applications, those minimum spends add up quickly. In today’s episode Erik covers five strategies for manufacturing spending on your credit card without spending your own hard-earned money. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/spending.

Direct download: AP_019_-_Meeting_Minimum_Spending_Requirements.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Starwood Preferred Guest points are the most versatile currency with 32 airline transfer partners and a massive global network of more than 1,100 hotel properties. In today’s episode, Erik and AJ go over the essentials of earning and redeeming SPG points for flights. You can find shownotes at www.abroaders.com/usespg

Direct download: AP_017_-_Maximizing_Starwood_Preferred_Guest.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

 

American Express Membership Rewards are one of the most valuable of the points currencies because they offer the flexibility to transfer 16 airline partners and 4 hotels. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik cover the essentials of earning and redeeming Membership Rewards points. You’ll also learn about big unannounced changes with American and US Airways. Shownotes can be found at www.abroaders.com/useamex

Direct download: AP_016_-_Amex_Membership_Rewards.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Tracking your cost of earning miles and the value you get out of redemptions  is critical to becoming a better travel hacker and making good decisions with your points. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik outline the record keeping and analysis techniques they use to track ROI for their clients and themselves. They also cover two big shifts in the global airline alliances and the results from their most recent round of credit card applications. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/roi

Direct download: AP_014_-_Tracking_Travel_Hacking_ROI.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Credit cards offer more value than just  earning free travel through reward programs. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik take a look at 4 types of benefits included with most credit cards that can save you thousands of dollars, over the life of your account. You’ll also get an inside look at Erik’s frequent flyer account earnings from 2013 bonuses and how you can leverage the same strategies to earn even more points in 2014. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/ccbenefits

Direct download: 013_-_Credit_Card_Benefits.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Booking an award ticket is the big payoff that makes it worth all the effort of accumulating points. In today's episode, AJ and Erik will cover best practices for booking with points including real-life examples. You'll also get your weekly dose of entrepreneurial inspiration and a sneek peak at website updates, content, and software being built behind the scenes at Abroaders. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/booking. 

Direct download: 011_-_Booking_Award_Tickets.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT