How to Travel More and Spend Less


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People always ask me how can they travel more! I love to travel and often am on the road. I wanted to share some of my best travel hacks so that you can travel more with less expense.

For flights, I always check several sites like or to see the best routing and which airlines go directly to my destination. After I pick which airline, I sign in and use my frequent flyer points. I have several credit cards with flight benefits and the rewards really add up. I recently flew to San Francisco for my college friends’ double 50th birthday party. I knew I had to be there to celebrate with them and was able to fly from Burbank to San Jose on reward miles from one credit card and home from San Francisco to Los Angeles on points from another credit card. Because I booked two one way tickets and used two different airlines and two different cards, I was able to tailor my trip and see many more friends on my holiday.

How to Travel More and Spend Less: AirFor my hotel in San Francisco, I also used my reward points. It was FLEET WEEK and the city was very busy. I booked in advance and when I called for assistance the team was able to find me the perfect nights in a great location for the points I had earned!

How to Travel More and Spend Less: HotelRemember while you are traveling to spend money on your credit card that gathers points, double points or even triple points! Everything adds up. Even smaller expenses, like the cost of gas, breakfast and activities impact your total number of reward points. Whether you are home or on the road, collect points on the things you would spend money on anyway, like groceries, clothes, and household items.

How to Travel More and Spend Less: FoodUsing the awards that credit card companies make available to you, traveling can become so much cheaper. Websites like make it easy to compare credit cards that have your preferred benefits. The most popular benefits include cash back, points, and airline or hotel credits. There are some uncertainties and misconceptions about rewards cards, but if you choose the right option for you, a rewards credit card can give you benefits that surpass simply being a conscientious spender. Spending turns into travel; who doesn’t love that!

How to Travel More and Spend Less: San FranciscoRewards cards may have annual fees, which might be worth it by the end of the year, if it brings you more flights or hotel nights. Rewards cards are not only convenient, but they also come with useful added benefits. Along with the most popular rewards, like cash back and airline miles, a rewards credit card can also offer travelers access to airport lounges, shopping portals and more. These are the sort of benefits you can compare on The website lets you compare credit cards based on type of rewards, cost, and fees to find the perfect fit for your needs.

I loved being at the party for my friends’ joint 50th birthday and it was great to use my rewards to take advantage of flight and hotel benefits!

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

One response to “How to Travel More and Spend Less

  1. This is some great info. I liked how you included information about credit card benefits and how you can use them to your advantage. Thanks for sharing!

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