In November, I wrote about an amazing deal to buy a Google Pixel phone with Google Fi service and get travel gift cards equal to the amount paid for the phone.
I just got my rewards link and I can choose to split the amount or use the full amount for Airbnb, Delta, Hotels.com, and Southwest gift cards. That’s even better than I thought it would be!
If you have a $1,000 rewards card you can choose to save it all, redeem it all, or redeem part of it now and then come back later to redeem more of it!
But best of all, there is no deadline to select the gift cards you want, so you can just wait until you’re ready to travel and redeem it then.
Don’t forget that you must keep Google Fi active for 120 days in order to avoid being charged for the price of the gift cards. However I’ll switch the Pixel to another phone service at this point.
I’ll keep the service active for now and after 120 days I plan on pausing, though not cancelling, my Google Fi service. Many people use Google Fi domestically, but I’m on a grandfathered shared Verizon plan with unlimited everything for $30/month, so it’s not compelling for me to use in the USA.
I use Google Fi extensively when traveling abroad. 4G LTE data is the same $10 per GB everywhere in over 200 countries. That’s a bargain for true high-speed data. Plus you only pay for what you use, so if you use 1.1GB you’ll pay $11, not $20. You can make phone calls for 20 cents/minute or you can make phone calls to the US/Canada over the data network with Google Voice with no charge per minute. The line itself effectively costs just 67 cents per day and you can pause your plan and number as needed. I’ve used it in places from Israel to Svalbard to the UAE. You can view supported countries here.
While other carriers offer data plans that work abroad, they typically offer slow data speeds and have extremely stingy caps on how much high speed data you can use per day.
You can use your Google Fi phone as a hotspot and you can even get a free data only SIM for other devices to use at the same low rate per GB anywhere in the world.
You can use your Chase Ink Cash card to pay your Google Fi monthly phone bill to earn 5 points per dollar. Or you can use your Chase Ink Preferred Card to earn 3 points per dollar plus get free insurance on your phone.
What an amazing promotion this was! Thanks Google!
Did you get your gift cards yet? Where will you redeem your travel gift cards?