Five Nights In Hawaii, by Daniel
My wife and I and our two kids are going to Hawaii and staying five nights at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Maui for a whopping total of $275 (my youngest son is under two). We did the Delta Suntrust deal for 125k ($275), and redeemed it for three 40k Delta non-stops to Maui.
My wife doesn’t have the best credit yet (never had a credit card before our marriage; were working on that), so I had to do both Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards myself, business and personal. Six months later, we had 80k Starwood points to spend. So we used 48k of those to book our room in Hawaii (fifth night free).
Five nights in Hawaii for a family of four for only $275? I would call that a success story by any measure!
How much the trip would have cost us otherwise:
Tickets: $680 x 3 = $2040
Hotel After Taxes: $300/night x 5 = $1500
For a Total of: $3,540 (or, in our case, $275!)
And from Elena:
I just wanted to share my free trip that I am taking this weekend.
My sister lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I decided to visit her and take my boyfriend. I paid for both plane tickets by signing up for the Southwest credit card and getting the free flight with first purchase and the $500 for a minimum spend. For the hotel, we are staying at the Sheraton for three nights by using 21,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points. Usually this hotel runs about $200 per night this time of year. Luckily, my sister is a scuba instructor and works on a snorkel boat so she is going to give us free lessons and free boat tour. Of course I will be treating her for dinner afterward. I will be able to visit my sister and have lots of fun on the beach!
Sunday Funnies Coming to an End
We are revamping the Sunday blog post to include your Success Stories by removing the Funnies. If you have a successful frugal trip story you’d like to share, send it to me at .
Lucky Hits the New York Times
Ben’s One Mile at a Time blog is featured in today’s New York Times Travel Section. He is discussing his methods of success with Bumping and does a terrific job of laying out his strategy. With all the readers of the Times, you can expect a little more competition for those vouchers now.
Congratulations Ben on hitting the Big Time
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases