I think the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is the BEST cheap trick to travel. In 2016, we managed to take 8 free flights using all points for my husband’s flights and the Southwest Companion Pass for my free flights.
Manhattan is one of the world’s most expensive cities. But it’s possible to visit Manhattan on the cheap.
Thanks to our Southwest Airlines Companion Pass, we had the chance to take a quick trip from Los Angeles to Portland, which has been on our radar for quite some time because it seems like everyone loves Portland. The Companion Pass and some IHG points enabled us to have free airfare and one night hotel free, which sure helps a lot for a quick 3-day vacation.
One of my husband’s bucket list dreams was to drive the Highway 1 from the end of mainland Florida to Key West. It’s easy to stay on budget on the trip, except for accommodations in the town of Key West but if you plan early enough, you can get a credit card with bonus points and use them to make it a lot easier on the pocket book.
Food is the number one reason we love New Orleans and history is a distant second. Fortunately we had Club Carlson e-certificates for 2 free nights and enough points for a third night, and we used Southwest Airline’s Rapid Rewards for Bob to fly free and I am his free companion.
Our 2017 Spring trip to Europe using points as much as possible is coming together. Airfares to Europe are very cheap right now but I’d rather use points and go nearly free. I feel the same about hotels…there are affordable Airbnb apartments and small pensions, but I’d rather go free when possible.
I’m getting super excited about our 2017 spring trip to Europe. The only thing booked so far is our one-way flight on Iberia in business class (for 50k Avios) and our hotel in Rome for 5 nights…the brand new Le Meridien Visconte, an SPG property.
I’ve written about MyVegas Rewards in the past but we used them a bit differently this past trip. On other trips we always used the rewards for free hotel stays (not quite free because the hotels charge a resort fee that is not comped). However, this time we stayed with friends at their Elara timeshare (a Hilton property) and so we used MyVegas comps for fun things to do.
We just got back from 4 FREE nights at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. We scored these free nights by getting the Hyatt Signature Visa credit cards for both me and and my husband, Bob. Each card comes with 2 free nights at any Hyatt in the world after spending just $1000.
My husband and I recently got back from a 6-week trip walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago, from Saint Jean Pied-du-Port in France to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. We have traveled a lot–to more than 30 countries, sometimes for months at a time–but walking the Camino is truly unique. From Day One, it became my favorite vacation…