Thanks to 2 rewards cards and the Southwest Companion Pass, I book almost all my family's travel with points
ReutersI travel several many times a year for both work and pleasure, and thanks to some strategizing, I'm able to book many of my flights on points. Thanks to the Southwest Companion Pass, my husband and I can each bring a family member along for free. We use the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card to earn frequent flyer points on virtually all our spending. My other favorite tip for traveling for free on Southwest is to volunteer to be bumped from an overbooked flight to receive flight vouchers. Read more personal finance coverage.
Using some simple strategies, I'm able to travel several times a year at virtually no cost. In fact, I recently flew to Florida for work, took my mom for free on a Companion Pass (no points were used for her flight), and pocketed $657 in Southwest Airlines credit.
I've also flown round-trip to New York City three times this year plus two round-trip airfares to Honolulu. In fact, Travel + Leisure recently launched a "bleisure" section highlighting business leisure travel, and featured my tips. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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