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Milesopedia team’s 2024 travel strategies

To the point Discover the Milesopedia team members' dream destinations for 2024, and their best strategies for making their trips a reality and saving money every day!

The Milesopedia team can often be found simultaneously in the four corners of the globe, and it looks like this will be the case in 2024 too! We share our travel plans with you, as well as our favorite credit cards and loyalty programs that help us get there for less, and other tips to travel better or save everyday.

Audrey

Types of travel :

Family trips to the sun this winter during the school vacations, trips with friends and to concerts and music festivals.

Dream trips planned for 2024:

The year 2024 will be full of travel! Here is an overview of our plans:

  • Latin America with Argentina, for example, a country that’s both affordable and offers a change of scenery.
  • Attend some events at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics (soccer competitions in Nice and sailing competitions in Marseille).
  • Travel to Corsica in summer 2024 and Mauritius in autumn 2024 with friends. Read our Air Mauritius review.
  • Untold Festival in Romania in August 2024
  • If the opportunity arises, I’d love to spend a few days discovering Morocco or Oman.

The best credit cards for your points strategies:

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

Jean-Maximilien

Types of travel :

The same as Audrey, plus a few business trips

Dream trips planned for 2024:

  • I may visit Oman while returning to the Maldives
  • I’ll be taking advantage of a few solo trips to try out new airlines and classes (including ITA Airways, Starlux, Saudia, Oman Air, Gulf Air, Air France La Première).

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

  • Stay flexible when it comes to destinations. If you want to travel with your family and find four award tickets on the same flight, it can be useful to open up your search field. Last year, to get to Japan, we flew via South Korea (and booked another flight with Flying Blue Miles between Seoul and Japan). This enabled us to find four award tickets with Turkish Airlines and our Aeroplan points in business class. Unthinkable for Japan, especially during spring! I’m planning to do it again this year for another destination.
  • Renew at least Platinum status with Marriott Bonvoy. This offers me breakfast and access to hotel lounges, which is far from a luxury with children on a trip! This allows us to drastically reduce our meal costs. I also have Hilton Honors Gold status thanks to my Business Platinum Card® from American Express (again, free breakfast at hotels from that group).
  • Traveling with carry-on luggage – since our family trip around the world (with just two carry-ons and two backpacks), I’ve been traveling differently. It is now very rare for me to travel with checked baggage. Take the time to optimize your luggage before you leave: you’ll save time at the airport (no luggage to check-in or waiting time upon arrival), you’ll be able to explore a city more easily when you have a connecting flight, and you won’t risk losing your luggage along the way.

Caroline

Types of travel: Family and solo travel, mainly.

Dream trips planned for 2024:

  • My big trip of the year will be during the summer of 2024, where I’ll check one item off my bucketlist: attending the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
  • All other trips will be spontaneous and booked at the last minute. As a family, we would love to go somewhere warm with a nice beach in winter. Personally, I’d love to take a few trips out of the country to work and enjoy the sights at the same time.

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

  • Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card for three reasons:
    • Six annual accesses to airport lounges;
    • No conversion fees for foreign currency transactions;
    • VISA is the official partner of the Olympic Games, so only VISA credit cards will be accepted for purchases at Olympic Games competition venues.
  • The American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card which gives me access to the Maple Leaf airport lounges, free checked baggage (when I buy liquid souvenirs over 100 ml abroad…) and to see it come out first on the baggage carousel thanks to priority handling .

Your best tips and tools for better travel and everyday savings:

  • Be flexible on destinations and dates to find the best prices (in points or cash)
  • The gift cards trick at the grocery store to earn rewards faster

Étienne

Types of travel: Trips with friends, solo, and to see concerts in France and Switzerland

Dream trips planned for 2024:

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

Aline

Types of travel :

  • Mainly family trips, as the family has expanded in 2023
  • Possibly some getaways as a couple or with friends

Dream trips planned for 2024:

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

  • Remain as flexible as possible in terms of destination and dates; there’s always a good deal find to go “somewhere”. If your first choice of destination isn’t optimally available with points now, it will be one day!
  • The gift card technique allows me to accumulate a lot of points and save money, since I have to plan my purchases, which greatly reduces impulse buying.
  • Bring grandparents along on trips to help with the kids.

Emmanuelle

Types of travel :

  • I prefer short stays by the water, whatever the destination. The most important for me is to be close to nature.

Dream trips planned for 2024:

  • In general, I leave on a whim, depending on what I feel like doing at the time. There’s bound to be a sea or lake nearby.

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

Your best tips and tools for everyday savings:

Guillaume

Types of travel :

  • Sports (Olympic Games)
  • Family stay
  • Getaway with friends

Dream trips planned for 2024:

  • France for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and Occitania; Saint-Pons-La-Calm and Le Gard.
  • Québec, for a show with friends.
  • Peru or Greece are destinations I dream to visit, maybe the following year.

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

Evelyne

Types of travel :

Dream trips planned for 2024:

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Your best tips and tools for better travel and everyday savings:

  • Maximize my purchases and save at the grocery store with these invaluable guides:

Marie-Claude

Types of travel :

We alternate between exploratory escapades and an extended family trip.

Dream trips planned for 2024:

  • February, we are planning a 5-day trip to the Tirana region of Albania.
  • At the end of April, we will be visiting Sri Lanka, especially the Colombo area.
  • We’ll be going to Paris and Nice for 2024 Olympics events
  • We’ll be passing through Quebec to see family and friends in August, and then again at Christmas 2024, as we’ve missed the snow a lot since moving to France.
  • Explore Normandy and neighbouring Brittany.

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

Alexandrine

Types of travel: Solo, couples and friends

This year, I’m mainly planning long-distance trips as a new “digital nomad”. Thanks to my colleague Marie-Ève for her invaluable advice! I’m particularly fond of backpacking trips and destinations where the cost of living is low.

Dream trips planned for 2024:

  • Winter: on vacation in Chile and Argentina to discover Santiago, Easter Island, Patagonia and Buenos Aires with a friend. Then a few weeks in Mexico to work remotely.
  • Summer: roadtrip and camping in the Maritimes and back to one of my favorite Canadian cities, Halifax.
  • Autumn: Nicaragua with a friend as a remote work destination too.

The rest is up to me, depending on special offers and my current mood!

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

  • After abandoning the AIR MILES program for the past few years, I’m starting to accumulate a lot of AIR MILES again with the promotions. I will apply for the BMO Ascend™ World Elite®* Mastercard to take advantage of the welcome bonus. I plan to use my miles to book independent hotels.
  • At the same time, I’m building up my experience with the Scene+ program. I’m thinking of signing up for the Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card to save on travel conversion fees and earn Scene+ points on my purchases.

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

  • I regularly consult the AIR MILES mobile application to stay informed about promotions and accumulate as many points as possible.
  • The Marriott Bonvoy® American Express®* Card, which allows me to spend nights in nice hotels for free between two youth hostels.
  • Draw up a budget at the beginning of the year to give me an overview of upcoming expenses and a game plan for my credit cards.

Sean

Types of travel :

  • As a couple, in a warm-weather destination
  • Family visits in Eastern and Western Canada
  • Remote work stays as a digital nomad

Dream trips planned for 2024:

My girlfriend and I will be visiting family this year in Western and Eastern Canada. We’d also like to escape winter and discover Mexico’s southern Pacific side.

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

  • When abroad, it’s always a good idea to have a local SIM card or eSIM.
  • I like to use public transport as much as possible
  • Avoid periods of high demand when booking flights and keep a close eye on prices.
  • Take advantage of the local grocery store and make your own picnics

Marie-Ève

Types of travel: Solo, with friends and long term working remotely

Dream trips planned for 2024:

I’m starting the year by spending two months in a surfing village in the north-east of Brazil, my favorite country, to get the year off to a good start. I’ll end the winter in South America, maybe Peru!

For the rest of 2024, I may be exploring Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria, and returning to Greece and Turkey, two countries I visited more than ten years ago.

Best credit cards to accomplish your travel plans:

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

  • Stay at a Marriott Bonvoy hotel using points (or the annual one-night free certificate) to start or end well a long trip abroad.
  • Equip yourself with an eSIM card, an essential for short stays and staying connected just about everywhere, and one of these two cards for cash withdrawals abroad: the WISE card and the Wealthsimple card.
  • >Free access to airport lounges, as practical for saving on meals as for enjoying good WiFi and peace and quiet while waiting for my flight.

Kyle

Types of travel :

  • Family visits in the Tri-State area
  • Perhaps a trip to Florida

Dream trips planned for 2024:

Nothing planned yet, because my house will take up all my time, money and energy in 2024. My dream destination is still South Korea.

The best credit cards for your projects :

Your best tips and tools for better travel:

  • Travel out of high season as much as possible.
  • I prefer to see fewer destinations for longer durations whenever possible.
  • Cooking is a great life skill to have, both at home and abroad. Food can be as cheap or as expensive as you choose.
  • Travelling off the beaten track can be really fun and rewarding while traveling.

Bottom Line

What are your destinations for 2024? Your points and credit card strategies? Your essential items to pack? Come discuss it with us in our Facebook community.

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Marie-Ève Leclerc
Travelling is a way of life for Marie-Ève, who spends almost six months a year abroad. She's always looking for waves to surf, great coffee and the best strategies to travel longer. You'll probably find her in a coworking space with other digital nomads, or by the sea watching the sunsets.

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