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Do you want to fly from destination to destination using points and miles instead of your precious cash? Or perhaps you desire the luxuries of hotel rooms, over-water bungalows, and accommodations with room service, but don’t want to foot the bill. Luckily, this is where travel hacking comes in handy!
Travel hacking is the art of collecting frequent flier, hotel, and credit card points and airline miles and redeeming them for free travel. But it’s not about spending lots of money — the idea is to “hack the system” and use rewards programs against themselves to get lots of points and miles without spending a lot of money or traveling a lot. You leverage these systems to your benefit.
It’s the best way to travel when you don’t have any money – simply take money out of the equation. OK, not completely. While you can travel really, really cheaply, some money is required. You are going to need some money for travel. But you don’t need as much as you think you do, especially if you work to make your two biggest expenses — accommodation and flights — virtually free.
But where do you start? Great question!
Amena Bakali (@amenabakali) is an avid traveler, travel hacker, and family travel enthusiast. She loves making memories with her adventurous family – and figuring out how to do that for less money! Amena is a wife and mom of three great kids (ages 12, 9, and 18 months). For over five years, Amena and her family have traveled all over the world using points and miles. On Instagram, she teaches people how to leverage their monthly expenses and turn them into travel rewards that work for them and their lifestyle.
Her career background is in the non-profit space and she just completed her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from UPENN. She loves working with organizations on initiatives at the intersection of passion and profit, helping them do good — better! Throughout the last decade or so, Amena’s worked with multiple local organizations in the spheres of marketing, event planning, interfaith work, general service work, project planning, and volunteer management.
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