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Will we get a family of 3 to see Sydney?

So one of the parts that I definitely enjoy about writing a travel blog is helping other people to travel.  Just a few weeks ago I wrote about trying to help a family of 3 to Australia, and there are a couple of other posts that I’ve written about different readers

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but even besides the ones that I’ve written about, I would say that I fairly regularly will get emails from people asking for help in “travel hacking”, to one degree or another.  I enjoy helping people, especially families figure out how to save money on traveling.  I definitely feel that a little bit of miles and points “savvy” can make the difference for some families in being able to afford even the traditional summer “family vacation”

If you’ve got miles and points questions, or questions about anything travel-related, feel free to send me an email at dan at pointswithacrew dot com, and I’ll do my best to help wherever I can.

You’ll get what you put into it

Now, having said that, it’s definitely true that you’ll get out of it what you’re willing to put into it.  There is no “magic bullet” – those quickly get publicized and shot down.  Probably the best known example was the deal with the US Mint and golden $1 coins.  You could buy dollar coins from the US Mint with free shipping, and then immediately take them into the bank and deposit them to pay off your credit card.  I’ve talked to people who cycled through MILLIONS of dollars of dollar coins back when this was deal was available.

Most recently was the Target Red Card where you could load $5000 / month directly from a credit card onto the Target Red Card and then use the funds to either mail yourself a check or even directly pay off your credit card bill.  That lasted for several months, but is now no more.

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Help respond to this reader question

The other day, I got an email from a reader who said simply:

how do you travel for cheap?

Yup – that was the entirety of the email.

I don’t mean to denigrate the emailer, because I don’t really know anything about their situation.  But that’s actually part of the problem – it’s hard to help without knowing a bit more about you, where you live, where you want to go, family situation, etc.

Generally I suggest to begin with the end in mind, and my Beginner’s Guide is also a good start if you’re new to travel hacking.

So give me your best one line answers to the question

So now I’d like to turn this over to you guys – what’s your best one line answer to the question “How do you travel for cheap?”

Best answer will win a prize.

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