It’s cold outside, so we thought you might want to head south for the winter. How about an easy trip for two to Miami? And how does four nights at a Category 7 Hilton property sound?
Two people need to do this, one with a minimum credit score of 715, the other with a minimum of 710. Between the two of you, you need to be able to spend $4,250 on credit cards. With these requirements, you can spend four nights in Miami for only $352
ITINERARY OVERVIEW: Leave home from anywhere in the continental USA on US Airways to Miami on Friday, November 8, 2013. Stay four nights at the Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach. Return Tuesday, November 12.
TOTAL TRIP VALUE: $2,496
HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT:
November 8, 2013 – Round-Trip: Anywhere USA to Miami
Cost: $1,060 ($530 per person)
Method: US Airways Miles
- US Airways Premier World MasterCard – 40,000 miles
- He receives 40,000 miles after first spend.
- US Airways Premier World MasterCard –40,000 miles
- She receives 40,000 miles after first spend.
Explanation: The US Airways card gives you 40,000 miles on first spend for an annual fee of $89. The US Airways Chairman’s card also awards you 40,000 miles but doesn’t have an $89 annual fee. The Chairman’s card is technically only available to Chairman’s members, but non-members have never had a problem getting it. If both folks each pick up a US Airways card, they’ll each receive 40,000 miles. A round-trip ticket within the US only costs 25,000 miles with low-availability, or 40,000 with medium. Either way, the couple will easily get two tickets to Miami.
Out of Pocket Cost: $178 (annual fees) and taxes
November 8-10, 2013 – Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach
Cost: $718 ($359 per night)
Method: Hilton HHonors
- Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve – 2 Weekend Nights
- He receives 2 free weekend nights after spending $2,500 within four months, which can be accomplished in the second and third months of spend.
Explanation: After spending $2,500 on the card, you get two weekend night passes for a Hilton Category 1-7 property. At $359 per night, the Category 7 Hilton Bentley is a pretty good redemption.
Out of Pocket Cost: $95 (annual fee)
November 11-12, 2013 – Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach
Cost: $718 ($359 per night)
Method: Hilton HHonors
- Hilton HHonors Card from American Express – 40,000 HHonors points
- He receives 40,000 HHonors points after spending $750 within three months, which he’ll accomplish in the first month of spend.
- Bank of America Hawaiian Airlines Visa Signature –36,000 Hawaiian Air miles
- She receives 20,000 miles after first spend.
- She receives another 15,000 miles after spending $1,000 in three months, which can be accomplished in the first two months of spend.
- She receives 1,000 miles for the $1,000 in spend at one mile per dollar spent.
Explanation: Category 7 Hilton properties cost 50,000 miles per night, so our couple needs another 100,000 miles. They get 40,000 from the Hilton HHonors Amex.
To get the extra 60,000 points they need, they should pick up the Bank of American Hawaiian Airlines card. Hawaiian Air miles convert to HHonors points at 2:1. After a spend of $1,000 they get 35,000 Hawaiian miles, which converts to 70,000 HHonors points (miles must be transferred in increments of 5,000). They’ve now got 110,000 HHonors points and two extras nights at the Bentley.
Out of Pocket Cost: $79 (Hawaiian Air card annual fee)
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IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49