How to Fly to Europe for Free.
By Guest authors Chad and Hannah of Wall Street Minimalist
Everyone loves to travel. We dream of experiencing new cultures, seeing the world’s beauty, and spending more time with the people we love most. But despite all of the wonder that accompanies traveling, there are generally two things that stand in your way of experiencing the best trip: expensive flight tickets and complex planning.
Thanks to Adventure with Our Travel Passport, you don’t have to worry about the latter! Ryan and Sam have visited the Greek Isles and Portugal before, and they know all the best places to take you. You’ll go home with the beautiful photos you’ve seen all over their Instagram, and you won’t ever have to stress over planning a single detail of your trip!
But what about the first difficulty of traveling? Those dang plane tickets to Europe can be pretty expensive. Even when you’ve found the best flight deal and are prepared to click “Book Now,” a part of you dies realizing that you’re about to be around $800 - $1,300 lighter in your bank account. It’s ok – we all feel this. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could get to Portugal or Greece for free?
Well, today, we’re here to tell you about teleportation. Ok, we’re kidding obviously, but let’s check out the next best thing: credit card rewards.
Credit cards are some of the most misunderstood aspects of personal finance. You’ve heard frantic old ladies claim that the best decision they ever made was to close all of their cards and never look back. You hear your parents warn you about credit card debt. There’s so much negativity surrounding credit cards that the positive voice in the crowd can often be overlooked.
Credit cards offer an amazing amount of benefits: free extended warranties on purchases, no foreign transaction fees, free rental car insurance, trip cancellation insurance, and greater account security among other things. Best of all, though, are the rewards program points you earn on every purchase.
Forget the frantic old lady – credit cards are incredible. Credit card signup bonus rewards can allow you to travel free. Rewards points from your credit card can get you to Greece and Portugal with Our Travel Passport, or anywhere else you want without you ever having to spend a thing.
For other posts on why credit cards are so cool, check out Ryan and Sam's post on The Credit Cards We Never Leave Home Without.
To help you make this dream a reality, we’ve put together a few simple ways for you to score free round-trip plane tickets, no matter where you’re flying from! We want to keep things very simple, so here are the best cards and routes. Of course, the points needed to travel to these Adventure with Our Travel Passport locations will be similar if you live close to any of these three cities: New York, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City.
Getting to Athens, Greece for Free
If you’re booking free travel to Athens, we recommend getting the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Ink Business cards. Depending on where you’re flying from, you may need as little as 49,000 Ultimate Rewards points to get to Athens. And thankfully, the Chase Reserve is offering a signup bonus of 50,000 and the Chase Ink, 80,000! You can check out the offer for the Reserve here and the Ink here. Once you get the points, you can book through the Ultimate Rewards portal.
You can make this trip to Greece with Our Travel Passport happen with either the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Ink Business cards alone! Bon voyage! Apply to Adventure with Our Travel Passport here.
Getting to Lisbon, Portugal for Free
Take advantage of the deals below by using the American Express Delta card. Right now, American Express is offering one of their highest signup bonuses ever! You’ll get 60,000 points after spending $2,000. Just enough to get you to Lisbon for free! (Here is a direct link to the offer.) Also, this card always gives you your first checked bag free! Check out this sample flight from New York to Lisbon below that you can book with your Delta points. Flights from SLC and SFO are around 60,000 points as well!
Opening these new credit cards can improve your credit score as well! We want to make sure you’re comfortable with getting these cards and booking your free travel with Our Travel Passport. To learn more about how you can maximize your score and always travel free, check out our link here.
All of the above is based on the personal opinion of the author. Always remember to read all the fine print before you sign up for any credit card!
About the Authors
We’re Chad and Hannah! We just graduated from Brigham Young University and moved to New York City to start our careers in finance. When we can get away, we like to travel to new places or try to squeeze in time with the family. The trick though is learning how to use credit cards to travel FREE without spending a dollar. That’s why we started Wall Street Minimalist. Like you, we were tired of budgeting and finding our money stretching only month to month. We were over reading finance books that all suggested the same old, ineffective tips that you know we’ve all tried. Find out more about us, our free travel tips, and finance guides here!