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I jet about in British Airways European Business Class for free with points earned on my Free Amex Gold Card, but my friend Alex and his wife have flown around the entire world in First and Business Class for free (just paying taxes and fees)!

In fact, this frequent flying team are proven experts in snagging reward flights for the ultimate around the world trip. But before you go green with envy, remember that they are not high-flying billionaires, they are just regular guys like you and me and they have played the credit card game like a Vegas Ace. In fact, just a couple of credit cards combined with clever planning bagged them this trip-of-a-lifetiume.

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In 2017, I surprised my wife with a 24-day trip around the world. We took 3 first-class flights in airline suites and apartments and 2 business class flights. We spent more than 52 hours in the air drinking champagne and eating luxurious food travelling to Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, and Dubai.

The full price for our trip would have cost around $55,000. If we flew economy, it would have cost us $4,620. But by using our points (311,000 in total), we paid only $2,173 to fly around the world (essentially just taxes and fees)!

I Want To Do This Too! Tell Me Where To Start!

Alex shares his favourite FREE American Credit Card which he says is the one to get started with.

If you are UK based UK Amex Gold card is free and similarly good with a bonus of 22,000 miles = 22,000 British Airways Avios once you hit your spend target of 2,000GBP. Drop me an email if you would like a referral with the 2,000 bonus points.

Alex also recommends the US Amex Gold which is also free to apply for and will almost double your initial point bonus.

Other UK cards worth considering include the BA Premium Plus American Express Card, which has a bonus of 26,000 Avios (drop me an email for a referral to get bonus points) when you spend 3,000 GBP in your first three months of card membership. The cost is 195 GBP per anum but if you take advantage of the signup bonus and the 2-for-1 certificate you more than cover the cost of the card. I spend exactly 10k GBP on this card to spark a British Airways 2-4-1 voucher plus I get 1.5 Avios per 1 GBP spent.

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