I have updated my two lists of the best credit cards in the world for free flights and free hotel stays. No affiliate links and/or conflicts of interests there, folks, only pure goodness! Killed some dead links, and added new options. For newbies and a couple of folks who have sent me emails: please do not freak out when you don’t see any mentions of bonus on a credit card application page. Sometimes, these things require a leap of faith. Please read the corresponding Flyertalk threads and Wikis where links are enclose and decide for yourself if you want to risk it. And I use the word risk tongue in cheek here.
You can find the updated lists of credit cards here:
Best Credit Cards for Free Stays
Best Credit Cards for Free Flights
Now, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t use this post for an excuse to get on my high horse and offer everyone a few simple and undeniable maxims:
- THAT travel hacking and credit card debt cannot peacefully coexist
- THAT if you think you can “carefully and strategically carry credit card debt” (a real quote from a real email, mind you!) and still get ahead in this game, you are delusional. Snap out of it!
- THAT just because your income allows you to make credit card payments on time, it does not excuse debt. If anything, it makes carrying a balance even less excusable.
- THAT the infamous argument “but at least, I can live NOW ” is not an argument at all. It’s a stupid excuse to sustain an unsustainable lifestyle! (see maxim #2).
Love to travel? Use your passion to get your ducks in a row. Get your budget under control, pay off your charges religiously every single month, and then travel the world for pennies on a dollar. There are better and more solid motivations than this one, but none of them are as exciting, IMHO!
Photo By: Simon Cunningham