Using sites like Ebates, you can earn cash back rewards with just a few extra clicks of your mouse. Ebates partners with a variety of companies that offer travel services. Shop via the Ebates portal and get cash back on your bookings that you can use toward more vacations!
Most travel hacking tips are about maximizing your airline miles. I don’t really love to jet around so I’ll mostly share tips about getting discounts on overland travel like trains, buses and boats as well as lodgings. Let’s call it slow travel hacking.
Travel Hacking with Gift Cards
One of the tricks you may not have tried is using discounted gift cards to save money on hotels, rental cars and flights. You can purchase discounted gift cards online on several websites and use them to book travel to lock in the savings.
Travel Hacking with Swagbucks
If you click through the Swagbucks site to their travel partners you can earn SB points for each dollar you spend on flights, hotels and rental cars. Most purchases via the Swagbucks site earn at least 1 SB per dollar spent. Many earn much more – up to 10 SB per dollar. Yes, that’s right – 10% off!
Credit Cards: Points vs Cash Back
Americans love our credit cards. And almost all credit cards now come with some incentives like points or cash back. I don’t love to do complicated calculations and shuffle a deck of cards every time I want to go shopping but I do want to maximize the benefits of points or cash back.
12 Ways to Travel on Amtrak for FREE
So you want to ride the rails on a budget without becoming a train hopping hobo? Here are some ways to score free Amtrak tickets using a bit of creativity and travel hacking techniques.