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SmartAsset Talks to Travel Rewards Expert Jason Steele (Video)

Jason Steele flies for free. With his wife. And two kids. Internationally. Before your jealousy turns to anger, I should probably mention that he’s willing to share his secrets. In fact, the travel rewards expert spoke with us for this edition of SmartAsset Talks.

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Jason Steele is from Atlanta. The city is major but the surrounding area is rural. He says this predicament means you pretty much have to fly to go on vacation. To cut down on those costs, he started paying attention to frequent flier miles. But he soon realized he couldn’t fly often enough to earn the miles to travel a lot. This led him to focus on maximizing credit card rewards.

He warns that this strategy, often called credit card churning, isn’t for everyone. If you are carrying a balance on your credit cards or prone to overspending, it may be best to pay for travel another way. But if you pay off your cards each month, you may be missing out on some free trips. Jason says make sure you have a rewards credit card and pay attention to sign up bonuses. For more of Jason’s tips, check out the above video.

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Thank you so much to Jason for joining us at SmartAsset Talks! This is an ongoing vlog (video blog) series with some of your favorite bloggers and personal finance experts. Keep checking back here for interviews – once a week we post them right here on the SmartAsset blog.

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AJ Smith, CEPF® AJ Smith is an award-winning journalist and personal finance expert with more than a decade of experience in television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online content. She has appeared on CNN, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal Radio and ABC News Radio. Her work has appeared on websites including MarketWatch, Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and Credit.com. She is a contributor for Forbes. The SmartAsset VP of Content and Financial Education has degrees from Princeton University and Mississippi State University. AJ was named an honoree of the 2018 Women in Media awards in the Corporate Champions category. She is a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®). AJ and her husband also write and illustrate educational children's books.
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