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#55: Points expert, Julia Menez, joins Chris to go deep on all things points and miles, including points stacking, optimizing rewards, tools to help organize your points and miles, using buying clubs to earn lots of points, and Chris shares how a somewhat sketchy website saved him an extra 15% off a new couch!
Julia Menez (@geobreezetravel) is a points strategy coach, speaker and host of the Geobreeze Travel podcast, where she interviews travelers from all walks of life about their points and miles strategies.
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Full Show Notes
How people on a smaller budget can earn enough points to use toward travel [03:05]
Outsource buying, how participating in buying groups can work to your advantage [05:14]
When sourcing items, do buyers usually pay more than the item costs? [07:04]
Buyer’s groups: are they reliable? trustworthy? Advice to keep you from being scammed, and how to learn about the different buyer’s clubs options available [08:36]
Using Freedom Flex, Freedom card, Freedom Unlimited, Sapphire Preferred, and Sapphire Reserve to earn points [11:10]
Bringing electronic and medical devices to Latin America: reasons to consider using Grabr, and advice about safety during the product exchange [11:55]
Chris and Julia walk through an extreme example of how valuable ‘stacking’ can be along with ways to automate the process [13:40]
The unbelievable benefits of stacking through dining portals [14:54]
Using Cashback Monitor to learn the best places for cashback, transferable points, and airline points, as well as hacks for accessing coupons online [18:45]
Julia’s favorite app for stacking deals in Las Vegas and how often you can take advantage of the offers [23:53]
Chris highlights the “crazy amounts” of point stacking deals [26:39]
Specific places to search online for timely deals that require prompt action and tools to help organize your point balances [28:52]
Why it’s important to understand the 5/24 rule and its exceptions [31:54]
Julia Menez’s go-to cards and her advice for travelers who are just beginning the process of accumulating points [35:16]
Amazing redemptions to take advantage of even though you may not have a huge balance and how to use the ANA Around the World redemption program [40:02]
Plan a trip across Europe using Julia’s redemption super hacks [45:07]
Buying points, is it worth it? Chris and Julia share their perspectives [50:55]
3 reasons why paying your taxes on a credit card might actually make sense [52:54]
Hacks to save money and earn perks for members of the military and their spouses [57:49]
For upgrades and extra perks, while traveling, Julia shares a special link to a template on her website for All the Hacks listeners [59:56]
Where to find Julia Menez online [1:01:50]
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