I've been travel hacking and churning credit cards for big rewards myself since about 2006. As a result, I've taken several very nice trips paid for primarily with miles and points including Paris, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Philippines, Vancouver multiple times, and more.
In 2012, Steve Zussino, the founder of Grocery Alerts approached me about a joint venture related to travel hacking specifically for Canadians. I was intrigued by the idea and initially accepted, but it was soon apparent that I didn't have the necessary time to devote to the project so he had to continue the endeavour alone.
5 Copies To Give Away
Just before the book was set to launch, Steve contacted me about doing a review and I readily agreed with the simple condition that he provide me with some free copies to give away to my readers. At the time, I thought he was publishing an eBook and it wouldn't cost him much to give away a few copies. However, when my own copy arrived in the mail shortly thereafter, I discovered that it is a beautiful 200 page soft cover book - thanks for being so generous to my readers Steve!
How To Win Your Copy
For a chance to win one of the five copies, all you have to do is leave a comment below sharing with Steve and I what your dream vacation is that you haven't yet been able to realize or afford. I guarantee you can use the information found in this book to help make it happen for a lot less money than you thought.
When you leave your comment, be sure to use your primary email address, because that is how I will be contacting the winners. I will randomly select 3 winners from the list of comments using Random.org and 2 additional winners that I think shared a really compelling dream vacation or travel story.
The giveaway will close in one week on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 and I will contact the winners shortly thereafter.
My Review Of The Book
It took a little while, but I read every part of the book word by word. As I was reading it, it was like going through a mental checklist of all the ways to save money on travel that I've been meaning to write about myself on HowToSaveMoney.ca. I'm pretty experienced in this subject, so I can tell you with confidence that he didn't leave much good information out. I even learned of a few things while reading it that I wasn't previously aware of, which I'm sure will come in handy on my future travels.
Is It Worth Buying?
If you were previously unaware of travel hacking, you read this book from cover to cover, and then put the strategies into practice for the next 10 years even traveling only once or twice a year, then you will save thousands of dollars. Realistically, you could save that much after taking only a few trips but it really depends on how you travel and the type of trips you want to take. Over 10 years, it could easily be tens of thousands of dollars that you actually save.
In short, at $19.99 for both the soft cover book and the PDF version plus free shipping and handling, this book will pay for itself after the first few pages. It is 100% worth buying as you won't find all this information so conveniently packaged anywhere else!
Things You Will Learn
- Which frequent flyer programs are worth it for Canadians to join and a detailed explanation of each including multiple international programs.
- How to acquire miles in those programs much faster than your normally would.
- What the best value is for your miles so you are saving the most money when you travel by saving your miles for high value trips. He includes many screenshots, examples, and direct comparisons showing how much you will save.
- Which credit cards allow you to accumulate miles the quickest and provide the most value and even how to get your annual fee waived or reduced.
- How to get the lowest price for airfare even when you aren't using reward miles to fly.
- A nice trick to fly around the world very cheaply with Aeroplan.
- How to get additional cash back on all your travel purchases.
- Ways to cut the cost of staying in upscale hotels to the cost of staying in a 2* hotel or even less.
- Various low price guarantees on hotels and travel sites that can add to your savings.
- How to rent vehicles cheaply and how to avoid unnecessary upsells at the rental counter.
- Unique ways to take a cruise for less money.
Only A Little Room For Improvement
While I can't say enough good things about this book, there is always room for improvement. One thing in particular I found was that he didn't call enough attention to the best way to do something. He tended to present all the information and leave it more to the reader to decide the best course of action.
That's a fine approach and he did mention certain stand-out deals from time to time throughout the book, but I think he could have called more attention to which "travel hacks" save the most money practically speaking so that people know best where to put their focus.
I'm sure he will continue to update the book over the years as travel hacking continually shifts and evolves and he will find ways to up the quality even further which is something to look forward to.
Remember To Enter The Giveaway!
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