Abroaders Podcast

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 EST

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 EST

 

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 EST

 

Chase Ultimate Rewards are one of the most valuable of the points currencies because they offer the flexibility to transfer to 5 airlines and 4 hotels. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik cover the essentials of earning and redeeming Ultimate Rewards points. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/usechase

Direct download: AP_018_-_Maximizing_Chase_Ultimate_Rewards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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 EST

 

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 EST

Teaching English abroad is one of the quickest, most direct ways to achieve sustainable location independence. In today's episode, AJ and Erik interview entrepreneur and English teacher Josh Plotkin about his journey as an Abroader.  If you’re ready to start teaching English or open up opportunities to live virtually anywhere in the world, this episode is for you.  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/teachenglish

Direct download: 015_-_Teaching_English_Abroad.mp3
Category:Working Abroad -- posted at: 8:00am EST

This bonus episode of the Abroaders Podcast features Erik Paquet on The Beach House podcast with Ilha and Ryan Brazil and Ilya Brotzky. You can find links to the Beach House podcast and website with and tons of great information about living and working with other entrepreneurs by checking out the shownotes at www.abroaders.com/beachhouse

Direct download: AP_Bonus_Episode_-_The_Beach_House_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

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 EST

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 EST