☀️It’s Travel Hack Tuesday!☀️
“Travel Hacking” is the term often used for redeeming airline miles and hotel points for free travel. I am often asked “What is your favorite destination to travel hack?”
If you’ve followed me for awhile, you probably already know my answer — Hawaii! This year’s Hawaii trip for our family of 4 will be my 11th since 1996. It’s our 4th trip in the last 7 years (My hacking hobby became more intense starting in 2012). Of those trips, all included some level of hacking. Most were 80%-100% paid for through points and miles.
So here are my favorite loyalty programs for these trips:
🔶 Hotel resorts:
▪️Hyatt - 3 times
▪️Hilton - 6 times
▪️Marriott - 2 times .
▪️Southwest (this year)
*We’ve also flown on airlines that no longer exist! Lol
Reasons why I have used these frequentflier and hotel loyalty programs:
1. I was already earning SOME (not many) points & miles through business travel with these programs.
2. They frequently offer GREAT sign-up bonuses with their credit cards. Marc and I sign up for cards separately. Some airlines even offer more than one card to get multiple bonuses.
3. With the exception of Hilton, these programs are partners of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program. Ultimate Rewards are earned through various Chase credit cards. Points/miles can be transferred 1:1 to all of the programs I’ve listed.
4. They are well-known brands in the travel industry. We’ve had good experiences with them all!
The value of each Hawaii trip is around $6,500-$8,000. We either stay on Oahu, The Island of Hawaii (the Big Island), or Maui.
Note: We never carry over a credit card balance to the next month AND we never spend money just to get points. We DO route recurring expenses such as cell phone, streaming and internet bills through our cards. We also save ahead for major purchases but use a card for the actual transactions.
We don’t have debt. We build our wealth through saving and investing. We build our vacation “fund” through travel hacking.😉
⭐️We’ve earned and used $60k in free travel since 2012 (and counting)⭐️
Let me know if you have any questions!😊