These are all products that I use and can personally recommend. Check them out!

Credit Card Deals

Credit cards sign-up bonuses are one of the best ways to travel and take auditions for free. As long as you’re responsible with your purchases  and pay your bill every month, your score will actually increase dramatically, which will help build your credit and you’ll be set up nicely for future loans (car, house, etc).

Bank Point Cards

These cards are great for their flexibility.
sapphire_preferred_cardThe Chase Sapphire Preferred was my first premium points card. It has a TEMPORARILY INCREASED sign-up bonus of 50,000 points plus 5,000 for adding an authorized user after spending $4,000 in 3 months (usually 40,000). These points are worth at least $750. The annual fee is waived the first year. It earns double points on travel and dining (the two most common expenses for auditions). These points can be transferred to valuable partners like Southwest, United, and Hyatt.

Ink

The Chase Ink Plus Business card is a wonderful business card that I use whenever I’m traveling and have business expenses that I want to keep separate from my normal purchases. It’s currently offering a WONDERFUL bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in 3 months. These are the same points you earn with the Sapphire Preferred and Freedom cards.

 

 

freedomThe Chase Freedom is a zero annual fee card, which would make a wonderful first credit card. It comes with a $150 bonus after spending $500 in 3 months (and an additional $25 after adding an authorized user). It offers quarterly bonus categories, which offer 5% cashback – this quarter they are grocery stores. It can be used in conjunction with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus to transfer to travel partners in addition to cash back.

Website Tools

bluehostThis website is being hosted on Bluehost and it’s been an awesome tool! It’s very easy to use with its 1-click automatic WordPress installation and has great customer service. I highly recommend it for your personal blog or professional website! It’s also ridiculously cheap at $3.95 a month. Exposure is very important for musicians.

 

Travel Tools

UberThe gold standard of ride sharing apps. Invaluable for travelers around the world. Use promo code ubermusician to get $20 off your first ride. Read more about Uber’s uses here. I typically use it for airport runs and pickups.

 

 

 

Lyft is Uber’sLyft primary competitor and when there’s competition in the marketplace, the consumer wins! I don’t have as much experience using Lyft as Uber, but I’ve always had good rides. It seems to be more social and Uber more business. They’re currently running a promotion where you get $10 off your first ride with promo code JOEY477618.

 

 

airbnbThere are some pretty great deals to be had with airbnb. With airbnb I stayed with a Spanish family for a week on the island of Mallorca and had a nice apartment in the center of Lausanne, Switzerland, among others. You can choose whether you want to stay with someone or rent out their entire place. Click the picture to get $25 off your first booking.