Who doesn’t love to save money on their travels? How about free hotel nights, credit towards private homes and apartments, free taxi rides and extra airmiles or hotel points? If this sounds of interest, then you are in the right place! Today I’m pulling together a range of money saving travel resources to help you on your way.
Airbnb sign up
If you use this link to sign up to Airbnb, you can bag yourself £30 of FREE credit. If you are not already familiar with Airbnb, you will find a huge range of private homes, apartments, chalets and rooms available for rent. I have stayed in Airbnb in Canada and Macedonia and really love the variety of properties, which are often much better value than booking hotels. For families, they offer the flexibility of staying just a few nights, with the convenience of self-catering.
Once you’ve signed up, you will be able to refer other friends and every time one signs up and books a trip, you earn referral credit which you can put towards your next stay.
Saving: minimum £30
Sign up for the AMEX SPG card and spend £1,000 within just 3 months and you will earn a 11,000 sign up bonus. This is enough to bag yourself a three night stay, entirely FREE, in a category one hotel. You will also earn at least 1 point per £1 spent on the card. Be sure to use this link as it gets you 11,000 points rather than the standard 10,000 points!
Saving: over £200 based on average stay cost of xxx for a category one hotel
Other hotel credit cards
There are a bunch of other hotel reward credit cards that you can sign up for too. I’ve included details for some in this post. If you have a preferred hotel chain, it is worth checking to see if they offer a credit card. Cards come with other benefits, in addition to points. For instance, you may receive fast track access to higher status levels which can save you tons of money in additional benefits. For instance, my Hilton Gold account gives me access to the executive lounge, with complimentary drinks and snacks, free breakfast and a room upgrade. The value of these benefits can easily exceed £50 per night of your stay!
Saving: Every free night earned will likely save you around £100 but the exact amount varies depending on chain and quality.
Ok, so we all need to get from the airport to the city, or the train station to our digs. What better way to do it than with a free taxi ride? Sign up for Uber, and enter this code (annes3529ue) for a free ride on me. You can then recommend your friends and bag tons more free rides.
The British Airways Premium Credit card and Amex Gold cards are my favourite for earning tons of air miles. With the former, I can earn a companion voucher, allowing me to fly business class for less than the price of economy. I also earn 1.5 avios for every £1 spent on the card. If you use this link to sign up, you will earn 26,000 points when you spend £3,000 in three months. That is enough for two short haul economy flights in Europe, paying just £35 in taxes each. Alternatively, you can bank those points and take advantage of all these tips and tricks to fly long-haul in style. Be warned, you won’t ever want to fly economy class again though!
The AMEX gold is less generous, at just one mile per £1, but offers much greater flexibility as you can transfer points to a bunch of different airlines’ loyalty programmes. You can even exchange these for hotel nights too. Use the link above to earn 22,000 membership rewards (instead of 20,000) when you spend £2,000 in three months.
Refer a friend
One top tip for American Express credit card holders is to share the love. Let your friends know about the great benefits and you can earn reward points any time someone signs up using your referral link. It’s a win:win as you earn points, and they earn more points than they would if they went direct to the relevant website. This even works if you recommend your spouse!
Saving: I’ve saved literally thousands on business class flights using my companion voucher and airline rewards. In each case, I paid less for Club World to Delhi, Quebec, Tokyo and Seoul, than I would have paid for economy class.
The Curve card allows you to save on your overseas transaction fees. Have you ever noticed all those odd little charges which accompany spending on your credit cards overseas? They soon add up, but this card allows you to charge to a credit card and AVOID these fees. You can see my full review here and if you decide to sign up, be sure to use this code (7BF5Y) for £5 of free credit.
So there you have it, five top ways to save money.
If any readers have other credit cards than those mentioned, and want to share the link for referrals, please pop them in the comments below. There’s a limit to how many cards I want, so I don’t have referrals for them all but others may have links to earn bumper points. If you do put your links, please be sure to state the country for which it is relevant, and the additional bonus for your ‘friends’ so readers don’t waste time being directed to offers they cannot benefit from.
Go on…sharing is caring. While you are it, feel free to share this post too, and you never know, you may find some bonus points on your statement next month. I love getting those statements!