Is it just me or is this year flying by? It’s hard to believe that spring break is nearly officially here! Have you been thinking of booking a last minute trip for spring break, but aren’t sure if it’s in your budget or if you can still find a seat on the next flight? If so, you’re in luck! Travel expert Brian Kelly of “The Points Guy” joined me for an interview this morning to share great last minute spring break travel tips, advice on loyalty programs, how to vacation on a budget and even summer travel tips.
Candace Rose: It’s hard to believe that spring break is nearly officially here. Do you have any last minute spring break travel tips you can share with us?
Brian Kelly: “Well, last minute is a great time to book if you’re using frequent flier miles because airlines generally release a lot of seats last minute. Don’t assume that there’s blackout dates or seats available, always double check with the airline. Also, airline websites don’t always show the full pictures. Sometimes it pays to pick up the phone and nicely ask if the airline has any availability on its partner airlines. It never hurts to ask!”
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice on how to plan a great summer vacation on a budget?
Brian Kelly: “It’s a great time to travel as an American. The U.S. dollar is really strong, so it’s a great time for Europe or even Australia, but you generally want to book as far in advance as possible if you’re going to purchase a fair if traveling international. Generally domestically, you want to book six to eight weeks in advance for the lowest fairs. To get the cheapest trip, you want to maximize your frequent flier miles and credit card points.”
Candace Rose: How can we earn the most miles, points or cash from loyalty programs?
Brian Kelly: “The best way to earn miles and points is by credit cards, so the key is to get a credit card with a nice signup bonus and good earnings, so it gives category bonuses for everything spent, and then maximize those miles when it comes time to redeem.”
Candace Rose: Are there any cards that don’t have annual fees?
Brian Kelly: “The new Jet Blue card has no annual fees, no expiration date, and no blackout date, so the miles are really valuable, and you’re not going to be paying a ton in fees. You can use them pretty much on any Jet Blue flight as long as there is a seat available.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Satellite time provided by Barclaycard. Candace Rose was not compensated by the sponsor for this interview.