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  1. Anne
    Anne at | | Reply

    I agree it isn’t free but it can be superb value. I’m in the process of writing a post on this myself but essentially I find it works out best to use the credit card spend to generate a companion voucher and then book business class flights long haul. These will require upwards of 80000 points but there are so many ways to build up the points that it is not as unrealistic as it might sound to get one business class flight a year in this way. For instance I booked 2 business class flights to Montreal which would have cost over £6000 if I had booked full fare and £1400 if I had booked the same flights in economy. However using the voucher they came in at £1048 and 80000 points. I also did something very similiar for India and Japan.

  2. Lance
    Lance at | | Reply

    Jo, good post. As one of those American travel hacking experts you mentioned, I’m glad to see you tackle the topic. Actually, we just wrote one similar. There are other travel hacks in the UK you should be looking into, including shopping hacks at Tesco, etc. While there aren’t as many opportunities in other countries to hack, it certainly is possible!

  3. Candice @ The Let's Go Ladies
    Candice @ The Let's Go Ladies at | | Reply

    This is a really great breakdown of the realities of “travel hacking.” As a Canadian, I’ve run into almost the same problem as you – everything assumes you’re from the U.S. It seems like I would have to put a lot of time and effort into collecting and tracking points, and I’m not sure if it would be worth it in the end, to be honest.

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