Everyone has heard about mileage credit cards. They're not new nor hard to understand. When you use the credit card to pay for items, you rack up points. These points are then used to cash in on flights. Many of these cards also have a signup bonus, like "50,000 points after you spend 2,000 within the first three months of opening your card". What if you could get these bonus points without actually spending the required limit?

 

I signed up for the United Mileage Plus card in 2013 before my 4 month trip to Thailand, and paid less than $60 for a round trip ticket. All you need is a Paypal account and a friend who also has a Paypal account. Simply add your mileage credit card to the payment methods on your Paypal and send the amount needed (ex: $2,000) to your friend. Have your friend give you the money back once it gets to their account and then pay off your card. You will pay a 2.75% for using Paypal but hey, you just received 50,000 bonus points for $55. 

 

TRAVEL HACK #1

 

 

TRAVEL HACK #1

 

Everyone has heard about mileage credit cards. They're not new nor hard to understand. When you use the credit card to pay for items, you rack up points. These points are then used to cash in on flights. Many of these cards also have a signup bonus, like "50,000 points after you spend 2,000 within the first three months of opening your card". What if you could get these bonus points without actually spending the required limit?

 

I signed up for the United Mileage Plus card in 2013 before my 4 month trip to Thailand, and paid less than $60 for a round trip ticket. All you need is a Paypal account and a friend who also has a Paypal account. Simply add your mileage credit card to the payment methods on your Paypal and send the amount needed (ex: $2,000) to your friend. Have your friend give you the money back once it gets to their account and then pay off your card. You will pay a 2.75% for using Paypal but hey, you just received 50,000 bonus points for $55.