5 years ago, if you had told me I’d take a year off and travel the world with no house or car, I wouldn’t believe you. If you’d told me I’d do it without having to pay for any flights, I’d say you’re crazy.
But that’s exactly what we’re doing:
We have the next 6 months of flights booked and we didn’t spend money on any of them. How?
The Southwest Companion Pass.
“Travel Hacking” is what they call it. By strategically using points you earn from using your credit card, you can get some pretty incredible perks.
The Companion Pass allows anyone you designate to fly with you for free. That means even when I book flights using points, my wife flies with me for free.
In this video, I explain how to qualify for the Companion Pass, tips for earning points faster, and how I book flights without spending any money.
The fastest way to qualify is to take advantage of sign-up bonuses by getting both the personal and business Rapid Rewards cards. If you use my link to sign up, I’ll also get some bonus points, which will hep me qualify for my next Companion Pass:
I’ve already earned the Companion Pass twice without ever referring anyone, but I’m making this video to answer some of the questions I’ve received on social media.
Hope this helps, and feel free to ask any questions in the comments of the YouTube videoabout Southwest or the Companion Pass. I’ll do my best to answer them.
I recorded not one, but THREE podcasts in a day! One was an interview of me for the Caleb Wojcik Show. The other was an interview for the seanwes podcast with Caleb Wojcik as a guest. Both the episode of me on Caleb’s show, and Caleb on my podcast, will publish on Friday.
The third podcast was completely unexpected. Calvin Rosser sent me a DM on Instagram asking if I was going to be in Encinitas any time soon and, little did he know, that’s exactly where I was went he sent the message! Sabbatical serendipity.
He ended up showing us a nearby meditation garden, and I recorded part of our conversation together. We talked about ridding oneself of guilt when not working. I think you’ll really enjoy the conversation (it publishes on Thursday).
We also moved out of our first AirBnb. We’re still in San Diego for another week though. Later in the vlog, we visit Coronado Island.
We got to spend a few days with family before flying to California.
I am the oldest of 13 kids. Eight of them still live at home.
During the days when I visit, I like to go on walks with my younger brother, Stephen. He’s eight years old and 12th in the lineup. We have some good conversations. He’s a smart kid.
I haven’t had much time to get to know Stephen. He was born after I had already moved out and gotten married. Not long after he was born, my family moved to Dallas, and we only get to visit a few times per year.
Stephen thinks the sabbatical idea is pretty cool, but he wishes I would just stay with him instead of travel so he can see me more often.
The Dallas meetup went well. It was great to finally meet the editor of my first book in person. Blake, you’re awesome.
We’re just getting settled into our place here in San Diego. I’ll share more about that in the coming days. I’ll also talk about some of the travel hacking we’re doing at some point (credit card points and things), as well as our backpacks and how we’re packing.