Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 33: The Power of Business Cards Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 33: The Power of Business Cards

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 33: The Power of Business Cards

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Welcome back to the Award Travel 101 Podcast — from the original Facebook community created for miles and points enthusiasts. Angie and Joe jump on the pod to discuss news, their newest cards, trip updates, and to share the key to unlocking so many more miles/points: business credit cards.

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 and 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 33 Show Notes

Post of the week

Anthony Cave had a very specific question about an upgrade option for a flight for his birthday trip. It highlights the benefits of community. People weighed in with firsthand experience about whether the cost was worth it.


Trip updates

What bonuses did we get?

Highlight feature: Business credit cards — unlocking the magic!

How do you get a business card? Start by reading this post.

  • Benefits of getting business cards versus personal cards.
  • No impact to 5/24 (Discover, Capital One, and Barclays can and do show up on your personal credit report).
  • Excellent points-earning opportunities.
  • American Express® Business Gold Card 4x multiplier on the first $150,000 of bonus spending annually (then 1x; terms apply).
  • Ink Business Cash® Credit Card 5x multiplier on the first $25,000 spent in bonus categories per year (then 1x; terms apply).
  • Balances don’t show on personal credit report, meaning cards with an introductory 0% APR are great options if you need to carry a balance.

Related: The best business credit card offers this month

Tip of the week

Don’t book rental cars through a portal!! If you have credits that only can be obtained by booking through a portal, you’re much better off booking an independent hotel that doesn’t have a loyalty program or one that has a program you don’t care about. You need to be aware that booking through the portal is a prepaid reservation, and you’re giving up some of the flexibility of using AutoSlash to find a cheaper rate. If you must use the portal, make certain the reservation is fully refundable.

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 99,000+ 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 one-on-one.
  3. You can also email us at
  4. Our next meetup is located in San Antonio, TX on April 26–28, 2024. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit our Taco ‘Bout A Fiesta! Eventbrite.
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