If you've ever wondered how to fly to Hawaii on points, give your family the type of vacation that others only dream about, and save thousands of dollars in the process, then you're in luck! It's a goal that is completely possible, and this is our story about how my family and I were able to make it happen! Traveling to Hawaii has been a dream of our's for quite some time. Ever since I was a small child, I could remember my elderly relatives talking about what incredible memories they had of their vacation in Hawaii. Combine that with that fact that Hawaii serves as the backdrop to dozens of famous movies and iconic moments throughout history, and my curiosity has definitely been peaked! While there are certainly many other exotic … [Read more...] about How to Fly to Hawaii On Points – We Saved Over $5,000!
What’s better than getting your entire summer family vacation to Florida for almost-free? How about ALSO getting a second vacation to the warm sandy beaches of an all-inclusive luxury resort in Los Cabos, Mexico ... for just $95 out-of-pocket? Yes, it’s true! After strategically travel hacking our way to a whole bunch of Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) points and scoring nearly-free flights, a hotel, and rental car, we decided to go “all-in” and maneuver our remaining points towards yet another incredible vacation for barely any money at all! Here’s the back-story … As many of you already know from my previous Travel Hacking Chapters 1-3, originally our goal was to reduce the amount of money we were going to spend in 2017 by trying out … [Read more...] about Travel Hacking Chapter 4 – How We Got an All-Inclusive Trip to Los Cabos, Mexico for Just $95!
Hello and welcome to another edition of what is becoming both an exciting hobby and lucrative financial opportunity: Our conquests in travel hacking! For anyone unfamiliar with this term, “travel hacking” is when you attempt to get free or near-free deals on your travel expenses. You do this by taking advantage of big credit card sign-up offers and optimizing the rewards points to get the best deals possible. As I mentioned in the original post, I decided to give travel hacking a try after looking over our expenses for the year and concluding that we needed to find a way to save money on our annual family vacation. We really enjoy our vacations and enjoy traveling to new places. So if I’m able to apply even just a few of the travel … [Read more...] about Travel Hacking Chapter 3: Getting the Hotel and Rental Car for (Almost) Free!
Hello! And welcome to the next phase of my attempt to become a travel hacker. For anyone who's not familiar with that term, “travel hacking” his when you get to travel for free or at a seriously reduced price by strategically signing up for various credit card offers and optimizing the value of your points. In my last post on this topic, I wrote about what a steal I got by scoring free flights for the entire family next year to Orlando! All it took was signing up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card where I was awarded nearly 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points as part of the sign-up bonus, adding another user, and meeting the purchase requirement. By combining this with the bank of Chase points I already had, this enabled me to … [Read more...] about Our Next Travel Hacking Scheme: How to Get a Free Hotel Stay
Guess who just scored a set of FREE flights for next year’s vacation? That’s right – me! And I’m very excited about it. This year, after spending almost $2,000 on just the flights alone for our annual family vacation, I became extremely determined to find a way to do better when we book our trip to Orlando next year. And I wanted to do this without sacrificing the quality of our travels. You know … do more with less! Just like we did already this year with our mortgage refinance, Sprint cell phone bill, and even our property taxes. That’s when I found a pretty incredible resource: A free ecourse and website that is all about “travel hacking” - different strategies you can use to get some deeply discounted or even free … [Read more...] about How I Got Free Flights and a Great Travel Hacking Resource