For a number of years I worked with Chris Guillebeau as his affiliate manager. I helped him market and promote all of his products including the Unconventional Guides, as well as the Travel Hacking Cartel.
There were a few years there where THC was a little lackluster. The updates weren’t as regular, the quality wasn’t as high as you’d like it to be, and overall the service was a little disappointing.
However, over the last year this has changed. Chris has put together a small team to help him get the Cartel back on track, and the result is one of the best services out there for people looking for info on earning and redeeming airline points.
What is the Travel Hacking Cartel?
The Travel Hacking Cartel is a premium community for people who want to learn how to earn more airline and rewards points, but more importantly, learn how to use them for maximum benefit.
Chris Guillebeau first created this product way back in 2011, and since then it’s still one of the best premium services out there.
Every week he sends members of the Travel Hacking Cartel notifications of what the best offers for earning miles currently are.
Who is The Travel Hacking Cartel For?
The Travel Hacking Cartel is for people who want the lowdown on all the best travel deals, but don’t have the time or the interest to scour internet forums and do all the research themselves.
The reality is that most of the information you get from the THC can be found online for free – if you have the time to look for it.
I think this is perfect for travel hacking beginners who don’t have time and resources to look themselves, but want to build up their arsenal of rewards points as quickly as possible.
Does the Cartel Still Work in 2019?
Yes. Chris has put together a small team that helps him keep an eye out for the best deals and to ensure that all members are the first to know when new deals are available.
There’s also a lot of lesser known strategies for members that totally make it worth the cost of admission.
How Much is The Travel Hacking Cartel?
There are a few different levels that range from 15 bucks a month up to $39 a month. I usually recommend the middle $25 tier as it will still get you all of the most relevant deals without the added cost of the most premium version.
Does it Work for Non-US Residents?
About 2/3 of the deals are US only, so if you don’t live in the States it’s up to you if you want to check it out and see if it’s worth it. Unfortunately, travel hacking is much more difficult when you live abroad, but that deosn’t mean there aren’t still deals to be had!
This is How I Got My Singapore Suites Class Ticket
Chris is the guy I usually turn to for all my travel hacking advice.
I was worried about transferring points to Singapore Air and not being able to get access to the award I wanted since it was “waitlist only”. Chris showed me how to navigate this, which led to the most incredible travel hacking experience of my life.
Finally, is it Worth It?
The only way to know for sure is to try it out. The reality is, if you’re a seasoned travel hacker, this won’t be for you. But if you’re just starting out, want to get a few big wins, and don’t have time to do all the research yourself, then the Travel Hacking Cartel is absolutely worth it.
Other Travel Related Posts on Location Rebel
We have a lot of travel content here at Location Rebel, so if you’re looking for some additional resources on top of the cartel, then check out:
- 2 Month Global Sabbatical: How we travel hacked our way around the world on a 2 month trip
- Travel More: Why I think the best thing any new entrepreneur can do is travel more
- Travel Stories: Some of my best stories from a decade of travel
- Digital Nomad Productivity: How to actually get work done when you’re on the road.