Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 22: First Class Trip to Croatia and Should You Speculatively Transfer Points? Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 22: First Class Trip to Croatia and Should You Speculatively Transfer Points?

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 22: First Class Trip to Croatia and Should You Speculatively Transfer Points?

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The Award Travel 101 podcast is back with a discussion about how to get started in award travel, a discussion on whether or not to make speculative points transfers, and more about my first class trip to Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Italy with my father. If you want us to air your question, send us an email or reach out to us in the Award Travel 101 Facebook Community.

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Award Travel 101 Podcast Show Format

We break each show into six sections:

  • Question/Win of the Week — asked or shared by members of the Award Travel 101 community
  • News & Enhanced Offers
  • What Bonuses Did We Get — which will tell you what credit cards we're working on and why
  • Trip Updates
  • Highlight Feature
  • What You Didn't Know — a feature dedicated to a big or small tip that will help you better maximize the value you receive from your rewards.

How to Listen to the Award Travel 101 Podcast

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Previous Episode Show Notes

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 22 Show Notes

Post of the Week (From the Award Travel 101 Group)

Sarah Gillingham is new to rewards, no rewards cards, high credit scores, spend on Amazon, Lowes, Grocery & gas. Where should she start?

News & Enhanced Offers

Trip Updates

  • Angie: finalized planning Bali, booking two Hyatt properties, one more night using FNC for tenting
  • Joe: upgraded to Punta Cana, but not going. Found flights back for ⅓ of the cost I’d originally booked

What Bonuses Did We Get?



Highlight Feature: First Class Father’s Day Award Travel Celebration Trip

I took my dad on a first-class Father’s Day trip to Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Italy.

This one Facebook post links to my 16 prior posts on different awards used or cash spent in order to generate rewards. In total, we spent 731,500 points — or point equivalents in the case of hotel free night awards — and $2,374.84 to cover travel that retailed for $46,766.73 at the time of booking.

What You Didn't Know

Tying into the trip update and my own trip with my dad to Croatia: There are last-minute deals to be had if you have even a little bit of flexibility.

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 96,000+ member Award Travel 101 Community.

  1. If you want to jump into more intermediate and advanced strategies, our Award Travel 201 community ($89.99 annually) is filled with those who want to dig into the weeds, looking for more outsized value.
  2. To book time with our team to discuss how to better your earning and burning strategies, check out Award Travel 1-on-1.
  3. You can also email us at
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