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5 Tips for Free Travel from Extreme Savers

You’ve heard of the people who quit their jobs to enter contests full-time or buy $100 worth of groceries for $8 thanks to their coupon-clipping prowess.

Enter the extreme travel savers.

A CNN article this week profiled travellers—sometimes called “travel hackers”—who go to extreme lengths to get freebies like hotel stays by racking up points and miles.

Some of the key tips from the article were:

1. Take the long way home to rack up airline points. (Without blowing your money on expensive airport meals and in-flight drinks in the process.)

2. Hotel-hop: spend each night of a trip at a different hotel to get more hotel rewards like a free night’s stay. (This only works if the hotel’s reward plan is based on number of stays and not number of nights.)

3. Work the credit cards: use cards with travel rewards and sign-up bonuses

4. Achieve elite status with airlines by racking up points. Premium members of airlines’ frequent flyer programs get perks like upgrades and priority status when flights are cancelled.

5. Sign up for promotions. Airlines may offer bonus air miles promotions with particular restaurants or stores.

For more great tips on navigating the world of travel hacking, check out the blog Million Mile Secrets.

Photo courtesy of www.seniorliving.org.

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