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Welcome to Help Me Travel Cheap!

Here’s my guarantee:  If you subscribe to this blog and follow my suggestions, every year you’ll get enough miles to fly roundtrip to Europe in business class!  After that all you’ll need to do is pay the taxes and fees (usually around $150), and you’ll be enjoying your almost free vacation..

I would make it a money back guarantee, but I don’t charge for any of my services.

My goal is to help you go from having zero miles and zero knowledge to flying around the world on pennies, not dollars.

I’ve already done a lot of my personal travel booking for 2012 and will be redeeming $26,936 worth of free travel.

How can you do it too?

First, you must be willing to accept the Help Me Travel Cheap Creed.

  1. I will pay off my credit card bills each and every month.
  2. I will properly organize my credit card applications so I can avoid multiple annual fees.
  3. I will track, manage, and protect my credit score.  (I suggest using one of three options to track your credit score:  Credit Sesame, Credit Karma, and/or  The first two are free services, and the last is a paid service.)

How can I earn all these miles for free (or almost free) flights?

You can do it by signing up for the best credit cards with big bonuses.

Here’s a quick overview of the strategy:

  1. Sign up for a credit card when it has a big bonus.  Pay special attention to cards that waive the annual fee for the first year.
  2. Meet the required minimum spend.  Here are some tips to help you reach your minimum spend.
  3. Cancel the card after 11 months before you are charged an annual fee.
  4. Rinse, repeat, and reap the rewards.

I use that strategy to earn thousands of dollars of free travel every year.

What are others saying about Help Me Travel Cheap?

We FINALLY got … miles and I just booked the trip to Hawaii.  Total booking fee was $52.80.  But yeah – total cost of $242.80 for tickets that would have been $1,800.  Can’t beat that!!!!  Thanks so much for your help.  Now about those deals for hotels…?  :) … Also, I’m planning to write a post sometime to give you some kudos and encourage people to check out your travel site.


I wanted to let you know that I just booked … one way tickets from Des Moines, IA to San Jose, Costa Rica on American Airlines for my whole family (me, wife, four children and one infant) for 106,750 points earned by signing up for the BA card you recommended through your site. There was an additional $269 in fees, plus of course the credit card annual fee of $95.  This would have cost me $2,472 to book with Frontier, so you saved me $2,108!


But what about my credit score?

In my most recent credit score report, I’ve seen a 12 point drop after signing up for 9 credit cards.  The return certainly outweighs the cost!

Never heard of using points or miles to earn free travel? Heard about it, but thought it was a scam? Heard about it, but were overwhelmed by everything you needed to learn?

How to Travel Anywhere FreeHow to Travel Anywhere in the World for Next to Nothing is an easy to read and easy to understand guide on collecting miles and points for free travel. The eBook is free.

Once you’ve read that book, you’ll be in a position to start maximizing your mileage earning opportunities by using credit cards.

If you need a little more help, here’s what you should do.

You can contact me directly with any question you have.  Email htcheap at gmail dot com.

Then, take a look at the best credit card page or Get a free credit card consult. I offer this free service where you can tell me the cards you have and what’s your travel goal. From there, I’ll tell you which card best suits your needs. To get your free credit card consult, you should click here .

Start tracking your credit score for free.  Here’s a list of free resources I use.

Finally, you can subscribe to Help Me Travel Cheap. On average, you’ll get two emails a week (3 on a rare occasion). Any time there is a travel related credit card sign up bonus, you’ll be one of the first to know. You’ll also learn how to maximize your rewards to stretch them out even further.

Get started now by visiting one of the following pages:

  1. Best Credit Cards – learn useful facts on finding the best credit card.
  2. Credit Score - understand how credit card churning impacts your credit score.
  3. Discount Travel – Websites and tips for getting the best price on travel.