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Julia Menez is a points strategy coach, speaker, and host of the Geobreeze Travel Podcast.
After traveling to more than 30 countries before the age of 30 and saving thousands of dollars each year with points and miles, Julia distills the strategies from top award travelers around the world in the Geobreeze Travel podcast and creates Instagram videos about credit card benefits such as trip protections and luxury travel opportunities.
Through her podcast, Julia features a diverse roster of guests with experiences that are traditionally underrepresented in larger points and miles blogs and media. Her episodes often highlight women, first generation travelers, and people of color.
Julia has been a speaker for FinCon, a course instructor for Frequent Traveler University, and quoted in publications such as The New York Times, Money Magazine, Fodor’s Travel, and Business Insider. Her podcast was nominated in the 2021 Plutus Awards for “Best New Personal Finance Podcast”, and she serves as a senior advisor for Bilt Rewards. Julia is available for comments and interviews regarding award travel, personal finance, entrepreneurship, and women in business.
1. What is one fun fact about you that not that many people know?
I’m into zero waste cooking. I think it’s just because I’m into productivity and efficiency and I hate wasted time and wasted effort.
2. Who inspires you the most and why?
I really like Ramit Sethi. I like how he focuses on living your rich life. There’s so many Instagram accounts that focus so much on scarcity mindset, especially people who talk to women. There’s much more of a focus on save here and cut back here rather than here’s how to make more money.
3. What books are you reading now or have read and loved that you’d recommend?
The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates
4. What is one actionable tip or piece of advice that you can tell our moms out there to help them on their financial independence journey?
if you are looking to get upgraded with hotels and everything, you don’t actually have to have status. There are hacks around that. I have a free hotel upgrade, email template that you can download. That’s one way you can get upgraded, or if you are paying cash for a room anyway, or paying with money instead of points. You can find a travel agent who has access to certain things like Hyatt, Marriott or Hilton status. If you book it through them, it’s going cost you the same, but then you’re gonna get a whole bunch of different perks by going through a travel agent who has access to these special programs.
If you are trying to do a points trip on Hyatt and you don’t have Hyatt status, then finding a friend who has globalist status and transfer your points to them. They can then book you as a guest of honor so that you are treated like you have globalist status, which qualifies you for free breakfast, which is great for families.
Julia’s Free Email Template for Getting Hotel Upgrades
Credit Cards to get you Started
Chase Sapphire Preferred -$95 annual fee, great starter card
Hilton Express – If you like staying at Hilton’s here is there $0 annual fee card
Amex Platinum has a great sign up bonus and perks but hefty annual fee of $695. You need to see if the perks make sense for your family
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