If you have time, patience and dedication you can make credit cards work for you…….and drastically cut the cost of your vacations.
Photo credit:Westin Maui
As I mentioned in this post, I’m a bit of a travel points/miles nerd. I follow professional blogs that are dedicated entirely to this topic (which I’ll link below) to learn the tips and tricks.
When we decided to buy a new car, we opted to make large sum payments using credit cards with signup bonuses. We then paid the balance in full each month.
In order to achieve this week at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali, both my husband and I signed up for the Starwood American Express, earning a combined total of 70,000 points (plus the points earned on two car payments of $4,000 each, bring the total points to 78,000). This earned us a week in Maui for “almost” free! We have to pay the resort fee and taxes for the week totaling $218.75. That wouldn’t even get us one night at the Westin. Our reward is for the mountain view room (of course ocean view would be preferred, but these are some of the things you give up to stay for “almost” free). Still, the view is beautiful.
And when you consider how expensive everything else is in Hawaii, the $3,100 we saved on this hotel can go a long way on food, activities and covering any of the flights if we don’t use miles to book.
My favorite mile/point experts;
Mommy Points I relate to her the best, as she has small children.
View from the Wing I really like Gary’s personality……feels like an old friend.
The Points Guy
That’s just a small sample of bloggers out there. And, I’m on the lookout for more miles/points bloggers that travel with children. Please let me know if you have some favorites.