Step One: Have a Goal
Step Two: Craft a Strategy
Step Three: Point Accumulation
Step Four: Search for Award Availability
Step Five: Book Flights & Hotels
First, let's recap the goal we covered in step one.
"You want to fly to Europe next summer in business class. You're flexible on the timing and the destination. You want to stay in decent hotels for a week. You currently have a great credit score, payoff your balance each month, and spend about $3,000 per month as a couple. And you want to minimize your cash outlay for the trip."
The easiest/fastest way to accumulate points and miles for a dream trip is through credit card sign-up bonuses. You can also pad your balances without getting on a plane by shopping online and dining out. I also recommend you sign-up for an AwardWallet account to keep track of your hard earned points and miles. But signing up for a handful of credit cards will be the fastest way to get your trip booked.
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