Best Travel Hack - Apply for the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card by January 12th and earn $1500 in free airfare
One of the best ways to travel for free is to take advantage of large sign-up bonuses offered by credit card companies. The Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card offers one of the largest sign-up bonuses around, with 100,000 reward points if you sign up by January 12th and spend $4,000 on the card in the first 3 months. That's a whooping $1,500 in free airfare!
While the card comes with a relatively large annual fee of $450, it offers a $300 credit for any travel spending. Essentially, as long as you spend $4000 in the first three months, the reward easily covers the annual fee and provides you with enough left over reward points to purchase a plane ticket to a faraway destination.
The cards also comes with several travel perks, including a free membership to the Priority Pass network (access to over 900 elite airport lounges worldwide) and $100 credit for TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry. You also get 3x the points in money spent on travel and restaurants worldwide (basically, $1 equals 3 miles).
JPMorgan Chase is cutting the rewards program in half soon, so if you sign up for the card past January 11th, new cardholders will only receive 50,000 reward points (about $750 in free airfare, still a great deal!). If you choose to sign up for the card, make sure you make your monthly payments on time. Otherwise, it could negatively affect your credit score.