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Ep 28: What's in Our Wallets?

7/3/2024
You asked, and the gang is finally answering the question we get the most at our meetups and in our Facebook group: Which cards are actually in our wallets? Tune in as Bryce, Emily, Matt, and Travis crack open their wallets and share the cards they love, the cards they think are underrated, and the ones they’re about ready to ditch altogether. In This Episode: Resources & Links: Got a question for the podcast? Submit it here! Our Best Credit Cards List (Updated Monthly) My10x: Manage your points and miles in one place Take our free points and miles course Watch this and every episode of Takeoff on YouTube Upgrade your next stay with our Luxury Hotel Program Let us book your award flight for you Get free, personalized advice on choosing your next card 10xTravel+: Upgrade your travel by becoming a member today 10xTravel Facebook Group 10xTravel Instagram 10xTravel TikTok The Takeoff podcast is brought to you by 10xTravel – a website and community with one simple goal: To help you travel more while spending less. Tune in to hear the 10xTravel team give you a clear path to entering the exciting world of traveling with points and miles.

Duration:01:10:42

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Ep 27: How We’d Spend 150,000 Amex Membership Rewards

6/19/2024
In this highly requested episode, the team breaks down the ins and outs of earning and spending American Express Membership Rewards (AKA Amex Points). But the real fun begins when Bryce, Travis, Emily, and Matt face off to see who can book the best trip for 150,000 Amex Membership Rewards. And once again, we’ll need your vote on our YouTube channel to help determine the winner. So whether you’ve waited this long to take the Amex leap or you just need some inspiration for spending your stash of points, you won’t want to miss this episode. In This Episode: The true value of Amex Membership RewardsUsing Amex points to book epic trips to places like Rome and HawaiiThe best way to use Amex points for hotel staysDetermining which Amex card is right for youHow to navigate the dreaded Amex pop-up Resources & Links: How to earn Amex points and cash back with Rakuten Why you should transfer your Membership Rewards to Hilton How to beat the dreaded Amex popup Cast your vote for this episode’s winner on Youtube! Take our free points and miles course! This month’s best credit cards Let us book your award flight for you Get free, personalized advice on choosing your next card

Duration:01:07:37

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Ep 26: Unsexy Redemptions

6/5/2024
 For most of us, traveling on points and miles isn’t all champagne and showers in first class. Sure, those elite perks motivate us to rack up points so we can brag to our friends — and in the 10xTravel Insiders Group — about our luxurious vacation. But sometimes, you just need to get from A to B on short notice or find enough seats for your family of four. That’s why today’s episode is all about those often overlooked “unsexy redemptions” that most of us make. Tune in to hear the 10xTravel team share their favorite unsexy redemptions, how they came to be, and how they determine when it’s worth it to splurge on a fancy trip vs. when to just appreciate being able to travel for free. In This Episode: Unsexy redemptions in the Maldives, at famous music festivals, and moreDoes it ever actually make sense to use the travel portal?How positioning flights affect otherwise flashy redemptionsIgnoring “absolutisms” in the points and miles hobbyGetting off the “maximum value” hamster wheel Resources & Links: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Limited Time Offer: 75k Bonus Points! 10xTravel Free Points and Miles Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards

Duration:00:52:00

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Ep 25: Mailbag Episode!

5/22/2024
 You asked, we listened! After our first listener mailbag episode was unfortunately sacrificed to the podcast gods, we’re back to do it right. Listen in as the team answers the 10xTravel Facebook Group’s top questions about points and miles, hotels, tips for traveling with a family, the true value of cashback cards, and so much more! In This Episode: Traveling with a family on points and milesSaving on airline/airport taxes and feesWhat’s going on with one of the top business cards?Tips and tricks for better positioning flightsBusting one of the biggest flight booking myths Resources & Links: 10xTravel Boarding School for Children of Points-Obsessed Parents Find a 10xTravel Meetup Near You! 10xTravel Free Points and Miles Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards 10xTravel Award Booking Service<

Duration:01:12:04

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Ep 24: Round the World Redemption: 5 Countries. 1 Trip. All Business Class.

5/8/2024
 In this episode, you’ll hear how a college student used points and miles to take an incredible trip around the world in business class. Proving that you don’t need years of experience to take legendary trips on points and miles, 10xTravel reader Serena joins us to discuss the Round the World trip she booked for her very first redemption. Explaining everything from what cards she used for her trip to which airline had the best food, Serena tells Bryce and Emily how she planned her Round the World trip in business class and how others can do the same, even if they’re just getting started. In This Episode: How Serena’s first redemption took her to Thailand, Spain, Turkey, and beyondThe importance of Saver Awards in booking her tripThe biggest obstacles she faced while planning her Round the World tripThe advice she’d give to those just getting started in points and milesOther notable redemptions she’s made since her trip Resources & Links: Read about Serena’s Round the World Trip ANA Mileage Club: Everything You Need to Know 10xTravel Free Points and Miles Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards 10xTravel Award Booking Service

Duration:00:58:40

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Ep 23 – How We’d Spend 135,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

4/24/2024
 In today’s episode, the 10x team tells you everything you need to know about these valuable points before breaking down how they’d each use them to book their own next-level trip. Armed with 135,000 hypothetical Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Bryce, Emily, Matt, and Travis each pitch their best trip and leave it up to you to decide who got the best value. And who knows? Listen now, find out how to cast your vote, and you might even win something yourself… In This Episode: Booking epic ski trips, European escapes, and Caribbean getaways with Chase Ultimate Rewards points The true value of Chase Ultimate Rewards points When (if ever) is it ok to use the travel portal to book your trip? The best Chase t

Duration:01:03:29

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Ep 22 – Spring Cleaning Your Points and Miles with My10x

4/10/2024
 It’s that time of year again! For most of us, spring means cleaning out our houses, cars, and… wallets? In this special episode, Travis gives us a peek into his My10x wallet and walks us through his process for “spring cleaning” his points and miles. We also discuss the things you should evaluate when cleaning up your own points stash, such as annual fees, unused perks and benefits, airline elite status, and more. Listen now and learn how to use My10x to keep your points and miles strategy on track. In This Episode: How to use My10x to track your points and miles in one placeHow much is too much to pay in annual fees?When does it make sense to chase airline or hotel elite status?Evaluating the actual value of your cards’ perks and benefitsDoes it make sense to open cards for specific trips or redemptions? Resources & Links: 10xTravel Free Points and Miles Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards 10xTravel Award Booking Service 10xTravel Credit Card Consultation My10x: Manage Your Points and Miles 10xTravel Plus Membership 10xTravel Luxury Hotel Program

Duration:01:05:44

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Ep 21 – The Ultimate Guide to Mastering United MileagePlus

3/27/2024
 In this episode, we’re diving deep into the StarAlliance United MileagePlus program. We have a bunch of tips and tricks that will help anyone become an expert flyer. We’re going to show you how to get the most out of your United miles, and introduce you to the great Excursionist Perk. We’ll discuss United’s co-branded credit cards and consider the benefits of having elite status. We’ll even share some funny stories about first-time experiences in business class. So, whether you’re dreaming of visiting Sydney or trying to earn that Global Services status, this episode is full of useful tips for savvy travelers. In This Episode: Would you consider yourself a lemon or a lime?Star Alliance partnersFree legs on United between Australia and New ZealandThe United MileagePlus excursionist perkBenefits of United Mileage plusAward seat booking flexibilityFlying to HawaiiAirport lounge pass limitationsComparing United Business Card benefitsUnited Miles Award redemption favoritesBenefits of United Status Resources & Links: United Excursionist Perk Underrated United Card Strategy 10xTravel Free Points and Miles Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards

Duration:01:07:25

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Ep 20 – Things We Wish We Knew When We Started

3/13/2024
 Hey, we all start somewhere. Whether you’re new to this game or you’re a seasoned points veteran, there will always be a couple of lessons you wish you learned sooner. That’s why this week’s episode is all about the things we wish we knew when we got into points and miles. Some are straightforward, like learning how to trust your instincts when choosing your next card. But other wisdom in this episode can only be gained from experience, like appropriately handling that uncle who “forgot” to use your referral link. So tune in, learn from our mistakes, and then come share your own lessons in our Facebook group! In This Episode: How sustainable is this hobby in the long term?The lessons that truly humbled us early onHow to spot the difference between a great offer and clever advertisingTackling the points and miles conversation with family membersHow this hobby has impacted Emily’s RSVP’s to destination weddings Resources & Links: 10xTravel Free Points and Miles Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards 10xTravel Award Booking Service 10xTravel Credit Card Consultation My10x: Manage Your Points and Miles 10xTravel Plus Membership 10xTravel Facebook Group 10xTravel Luxury Hotel Program

Duration:01:18:49

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Ep 19 – Why You Should Pay Your Taxes on a Credit Card

2/28/2024
 We know, we know. No one likes tax season. But if you’ve gotta pay ’em, you might as well be rewarded for it. That’s why this episode is all about paying your taxes on a credit card to earn major points and miles. Join us as we explain how to do it, which cards you should use, and how to split the payments between cards to rack up even more points. We’ll also cover how to earn points and miles on other large expenses, like property taxes and tuition. Finally, Bryce serenades the listeners with what might be 10xTravel’s new official jingle. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it! In This Episode: How to pay your taxes on a credit card When do you have to pay taxes on your points and miles? The best personal and business cards you should use Using

Duration:00:49:14

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Ep 18 – Perfect Pairs: Romantic Getaways You Can Book with Just 2 Cards

2/13/2024
 In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and all things love, we’re bringing our “2-Card Trips” series to the podcast — this time with a romantic twist. Listen in as we put together the best Romantic Getaways using points and miles earned from just 2 credit cards. From Paris and Greece all the way to an island escape in French Polynesia, we’ll show you how to book a honeymoon-worthy vacation for you and your P2. In This Episode: Booking romantic vacations to Costa Rica, The Bahamas, and moreThe crew hands out their own points and miles ValentinesUse Matt’s secret Bahamas daiquiri hack to get a free 10xTravel shirt!The everyday cards you can use to book the trip of a lifetimeThe business card that can help you book a next-level vacation for 2 Resources & Links: Introducing P2: The Dating App for Points People Show your love with these cards on “P2 Day” 10xTravel Free Points and Miles Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards 10xTravel Award Booking Service 10xTravel Credit Card Consultation My10x: Manage Your Points and Miles 10xTravel Plus Membership 10xTravel Luxury Hotel Program 10xTravel Facebook Group 1

Duration:01:11:15

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Ep 17 – The Awards Show: Most Overrated Card, MVP, Saddest Lounge, and More!

1/30/2024
 Ever wonder which credit cards are truly the MVPs of the travel rewards world and which are just riding the hype train? Then this is one awards show you won’t want to miss. Join Bryce, Emily, Travis, and Matt as they hand out awards to your favorite cards, loyalty programs, lounges, and more. From the everyday earners worthy of the coveted “Workhorse” award to the big-name cards that simply don’t live up to the hype, this episode is your ticket to understanding the true value of the cards in our wallets – and yours. In This Episode: A surprising pick for the year’s MVP (Most Valuable Program) The program that saw the biggest upgrade this year Things get spicy between Travis and Matt over the most overrated card

Duration:01:09:46

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Ep 16 – 2024’s Top Travel Trends, Destinations, and Predictions

1/16/2024
 To prepare for the year ahead, we’re answering 2024’s biggest travel questions. What travel trends can you expect to see this year? Which points currency should you be trying to earn more of? And what the heck does “Set Jetting” and “Gig Tripping” even mean!? To bring you the cold hard facts (and a healthy dose of opinions), we rounded up trend reports from major brands like Expedia, Hilton, and Lonely Planet and distilled them into a handful of key takeaways to help you plan your 2024 travel. From the global Taylor Swift Effect to Travis’ interest in Hobbit hospitality, we take a look at some of the truly unique reasons people are hitting the road this year. We’ll also discuss 2024’s top travel destinations, alternatives to some of the more popular (and overcrowded) locales, and how you can visit them using points and miles. Finally, we give our own travel and points predictions for this year and beyond. In This Episode: The Top Travel Destinations of 2024Destination Dupes: Alternatives to pricey and popular hotspotsHow to connect with local culture on your next tripGame of Thrones and White Lotus as travel trendsettersOur 2024 travel, points, and miles predictions Resources & Links: American Express 2024 Trending Destinations Expedia 2024 Travel Trends Report Hilton 2024 Trends Report 10xTravel Free Points and Miles Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards 10xTravel Award Booking Service 10xTravel Credit Card Consultation

Duration:01:15:07

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Ep 15 – Looking Ahead: Our Travel and Points Resolutions for 2024

1/2/2024
 Happy New Year and welcome to the first episode of 2024! To kick off the year, we’re reflecting on our 2023 points and miles journeys before breaking down all of the changes we’ll be making going into 2024 — our New Year’s Points and Miles Resolutions. In this episode, we discuss learning from last year’s mistakes, how we plan our strategy for the upcoming year, and some major changes to our personal approaches. Listen and hear why Bryce’s points and miles journey is at the end of an era, why Matt may be done with hotel cards altogether, and more! Excited for the year ahead, we also dive into the trips we’re taking — including Emily’s upcoming Hyatt “Guest of Honor” stay in Australia and Bryce’s Spring Break in the Bahamas — and how you can better travel on points and miles in 2024. In This Episode: Reviewing our 2023 points and miles performanceOur 2024 New Year’s Points and Miles ResolutionsHow My10x changed Travis’ thoughts on annual feesThe cards we’re keeping and getting rid of in 2024Which 10x-er is getting rid of “virtually all of their cobranded cards”Creative ways to maximize your card credits and benefitsHow to use 10xTravel+ to plan your 2024 strategy Resources & Links: 10xTravel Free Points and Miles Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards 10xTravel Award Booking Service 10xTravel Credit Card Consultation My10x: Manage Your Points and Miles 10xTravel Plus Membership 10xTravel Luxury Hotel Program

Duration:01:08:56

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Ep 14: Destination Spotlight: The Ultimate Hawaiian Experience on Points and Miles

12/5/2023
 We’re back with another episode of our “Destination Spotlight” series, this time focused on how to book the best trip to Hawaii on points and miles. Join us as we break down how we’ve booked trips to the Aloha State, the best hotels you can book on points, the most unique hotel perks we’ve seen (including an on-site penguin paradise!), and more. Plus, things get interesting as Travis and Matt each pitch their best Hawaii itinerary to Emily — the only one who’s never been — and ask her to crown the winner. Listen in and let us know if she chose correctly! In This Episode: How we’ve booked Hawaii trips on points and milesOur favorite Hawaiian hotels for every budgetThe best airlines and premium cabins to book for your tripRunning award searches for flights to HawaiiHow to avoid overspending on your vacationThe hotels where you’ll find penguins and manta rays Resources & Links: 10xTravel Free Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards 10xTravel Award Booking Service 10xTravel Credit Card Consultation My10x: Manage Your Points and Miles 10xTravel Plus Membership 10xTravel Facebook Group 10xTravel Instagram 10xTravel TikTok The Takeoff podcast is brought to you by 10xTravel — a website and community with one simple goal: To help you travel more while spending less. Tune in to hear the 10xT

Duration:01:01:54

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Ep 13 – Holiday Shopping: Earning Bonus Points, Miles, and Cashback

11/21/2023
 Thanks to all those extra gifts and get-togethers, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of year to rack up extra points and miles. So today, we’re decking the halls with our best advice on how to earn more cashback, points, and miles for the purchases you’re already going to make. Join us as we debate the pros and cons of using different cashback sites and shopping portals, discuss our favorite ways to “double dip” to earn 2x the points, examine when it actually makes sense to use an airline’s shopping portal, and more. In Today’s Episode: Tips for earning 2x, 3x, or even 10x the points on your holiday purchases Our favorite cashback and shopping portals Set it and forget it – adding bonus offers to your card for easy earning The best cashback and airline browser extensions to download

Duration:01:05:19

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Ep 12 – The Art of Teaming Up: Two-Player Mode in Points and Miles

11/7/2023
Two is always better than one in the points and miles space. But how do you present the potential of ‘two-player mode’ in points and miles to a skeptical partner? In this episode, the 10x team members tackle the complexities of introducing points and miles to your travel partner, and the unique dynamics and potential challenges of points and miles partnerships. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned points and miles player, this episode is packed with valuable insights to help you maximize your journey. The team also shares amusing personal anecdotes that provide an entertaining glimpse into their own journeys. The Takeoff podcast is brought to you by 10xTravel – a website and community with one simple goal: to help you travel more while spending less 10xT publishes content related to credit card rewards, personal finance, travel, and lifestyle Host Bryce Conway launched 10xT in 2014, but has been a fan and member of the points and miles community since 2011 He is the author of “Takeoff: How to Travel the World for Next to Nothing and How to Fix Your Credit: Do it Once Do it Right Get on with Your Life”, and his work has been featured in multiple national media outlets including Good Morning America, Money Magazine, and ABC Nightline News Tune in to hear the 10xTravel team give you a clear path to entering the exciting world of traveling with points and miles Discussion Points: Dealbreakers in a “P2” partnerCooperative points and miles benefits Bracelets and acronyms – Taylor SwiftFinance and card usage Navigating travel preferences and roles Strategies for coordinating mileage currencies Combining points in loyalty programs Authorized users and credit card strategy Navigating relationships and shared assets Simplifying credit card usage and control Choosing credit cards for P2s Resources/Links: 10xTravel Course 10xTravel Best Credit Cards

Duration:01:09:52

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Ep 11 – Destination Spotlight: Planning the Perfect Mexico Trip Using Points and Miles

10/25/2023
 In this episode, the 10x team members share their insider knowledge on traveling to Mexico using points and miles. They cover everything from the best airlines and airports to the most effective loyalty programs. You’ll hear about personal experiences, including navigating through a hurricane in Playa del Carmen, and offer tips on obtaining first-class upgrades and accessing exclusive lounges. The team discusses accommodation options ranging from budget airlines and discounted points to luxurious all-inclusive resorts. Throughout the episode, the team delves into the best ways to utilize points and miles to maximize your Mexican adventure, with a special focus on the advantages of all-inclusive resort bookings. The Takeoff podcast is brought to you by 10xTravel – a website and community with one simple goal: to help you travel more while spending less 10xT publishes content related to credit card rewards, personal finance, travel, and lifestyle Host Bryce Conway launched 10xT in 2014, but has been a fan and member of the points and miles community since 2011 He is the author of “Takeoff: How to Travel the World for Next to Nothing and How to Fix Your Credit: Do it Once Do it Right Get on with Your Life”, and his work has been featured in multiple national media outlets including Good Morning America, Money Magazine, and ABC Nightline News Tune in to hear the 10xTravel team give you a clear path to entering the exciting world of traveling with points and miles Discussion Points: Overview of traveling to Mexico using miles and pointsInsider tips on leveraging United Airlines for first-class upgradesSharing personal travel experiences and survival tales Guide to finding the best accommodations Best ways to plan a trip to MexicoFinding the best flights and airportsExploring budget airlines, discounted points, and best resortsMaximizing points and miles for booking all-inclusive resortsLuxury resorts and points usage in MexicoEfficient planning Booking trips and optimizing award serviceCheck out all the resource links, take the free class, and join us in our FB group Resources/Links

Duration:01:04:52

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Ep 10 – Unlocking the Power of the Southwest Companion Pass

10/12/2023
 In this episode, the 10x team members discuss the Southwest Companion Pass and how to maximize its benefits. The Companion Pass is basically a two-year ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ deal for airplane tickets, offering incredible perks. The team debunks misconceptions about Southwest being a low-cost carrier, reveals how to accumulate qualifying points, and discusses the potential of Southwest’s credit cards. They also strategize how to maximize the value of the Companion Pass, discuss its pros and cons, and consider its potential as a backup option for flights. They delve into Southwest’s credit cards, important rules for applying, and timing considerations. The Takeoff podcast is brought to you by 10xTravel – a website and community with one simple goal: to help you travel more while spending less 10xT publishes content related to credit card rewards, personal finance, travel, and lifestyle Host Bryce Conway launched 10xT in 2014, but has been a fan and member of the points and miles community since 2011 He is the author of “Takeoff: How to Travel the World for Next to Nothing and How to Fix Your Credit: Do it Once Do it Right Get on with Your Life”, and his work has been featured in multiple national media outlets including Good Morning America, Money Magazine, and ABC Nightline News Tune in to hear the 10xTravel team give you a clear path to entering the exciting world of traveling with points and miles Discussion Points: Southwest Airlines – misunderstood as a low-cost carrier What does the pass offer?

Duration:01:09:06

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Ep 09 – Spilling the Ink on the Inks

9/26/2023
 In this episode, the 10x team members provide an in-depth analysis of the world of business credit cards, specifically focusing on the family of Chase Ink business cards. They discuss the qualification process for these financial tools and share personal experiences to help listeners navigate this space. The conversation also highlights the benefits of these cards, such as points-earning potential and travel protection. They dissect aspects like bonus categories, transfer partners, minimum spends, and annual fees to help listeners maximize the value of their business cards. Elevate your points and miles game with business cards! The Takeoff podcast is brought to you by 10xTravel – a website and community with one simple goal: to help you travel more while spending less 10xT publishes content related to credit card rewards, personal finance, travel, and lifestyle Host Bryce Conway launched 10xT in 2014, but has been a fan and member of the points and miles community since 2011 He is the author of “Takeoff: How to Travel the World for Next to Nothing and How to Fix Your Credit: Do it Once Do it Right Get on with Your Life”, and his work has been featured in multiple national media outlets including Good Morning America, Money Magazine, and ABC Nightline News Tune in to hear the 10xTravel team give you a clear path to entering the exciting world of traveling with points and miles Discussion Points: Business credit cards – who can qualify?How the 10x team got their business cardsConcerns and myths around applying for business cardsExploration of the hidden perks of business credit cardsDifferent business cards – offers and benefitsHow to stack rewards with business cardsDeep dive into credit card benefits and travel insuranceBusiness card alternativesSome business cards report on your personal credit reportJust pick ONE business card and apply for itTake the free course, use the 10xTravel resources!Joining the Insiders Facebook group for more contentCheck out all the resource links, take the free class, and join us in our FB group Resources/Links:

Duration:00:51:13