We’re back again with some awesome free travel tips for the sophisticated! Paying for travel is so 2012! So let’s jump into another “how to travel for free” adventure!
As always, you can find the best rewards cards and more free travel posts on my Free Travel page
Couples Love Hawaii
Science has proven that if you in a relationship, you and your significant other will WANT to go to Hawaii at some point. Science has also proven that Hawaii is CRAZY EXPENSIVE to get to and from. And ever since I wrote my post about how I got free tickets to Hawaii for me and 6 family members, I’ve gotten tons of emails from people hoping to get their free dream vacation to Hawaii. I have responded to many of these emails, and have found that different circumstances call for different methods of accumulating and using credit card rewards points to make these trips happen. Many of you who have emailed are couples wanting to get away from the world for a week, which I totally understand. So I wanted to make it easy out there for ANY couple who wants a fun trip to the “Aloha State” FOR FREE.
There is not one-size-fits-all for free travel with credit card rewards, so I decided to show you 5 WAYS to fly to and from Hawaii on credit card rewards! READY??
1. Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard
It doesn’t get much simpler than getting a pair of Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCards and using the miles for two easy tickets on Hawaiian Airlines. And when you have this credit card, you need LESS MILES to book your trip to Hawaii. So instead of 20,000 miles each way, it’s only 17,500 miles each way. And guess what… The Barclaycard gives you 35,000 bonus miles after spending only $1,000 within 90 days of opening. Which means you just need to drop $2,000 in 90 days on two of these cards to get your two free roundtrip flights to Hawaii. Oh, and they’ve got some sweet perks, including a “Complimentary Koloa Breeze Rum Punch Cocktail.” Can’t beat that!
Note: The Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Credit Card has an $89 non-waivable fee. This is well worth it when you consider the possible $500+ ticket price, but just want you to be aware of this.
2. The British Airways Avios Trick
When you spend $2,000 in 3 months, and get 50,000 Avios miles. Do this for each person, and you’ll have over 100,000 miles to use for your flight. They key here is to use your Avios miles on Alaska Airlines or American Airlines using their “Super Saver” rewards flights to get your tickets. From the west coast, this is only 25,000 for a round trip ticket. For other areas, check out this calculator to see how many miles it would be. Your flight on Alaska or AA MUST BE a nonstop flight at the lowest available fare of 20k miles each way (see example below). Flexibility is key in booking these. Be able to travel during the week or during off-peak seasons will help you find these tickets and be on your way to Hawaii! Note: The British Airways Credit Card has a $95 non-waivable fee. This is well worth it when you consider the possible $500+ ticket price, but just want you to be aware of this. You can check out more about this card here.
3. Chase Ultimate Rewards To KoreanAir Skypass Trick
This little-known trick is a great way to get free tickets to Hawaii using your Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
When you spend $4,000 in 3 months for a 40,000 point bonus. You’ll need to earn 60,000 points total. Then can go to your Chase Ultimate Rewards portal and transfer 60,000 Chase UR point to 60,000 KoreanAir Skypass miles. And as you can see from this awards chart (thanks Brian!), it’s only 30,000 KoreanAir Skypass miles to book a roundtrip ticket through Hawaiian Airlines. BOOM! Now, 60,000 miles might seem like a lot, but if you both pick a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, you can get 40,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in 3 months. So that’s $6,000 spend in 3 months to get you 80,000+ Chase Ultimate Rewards points for this transaction. That’s free tickets AND THEN SOME BABY! Note: The Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Card has a $95 fee THAT IS WAIVED THE FIRST YEAR. WOOHOO! You can check out more about this card here.
4. Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard
This one is super simple. The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard gives you $460+ in free travel, REGARDLESS OF WHAT AIRLINE YOU BUY FROM! So you can purchase the tickets on this card, and erase that purchase using your bonus points. EASY! This card earns your 40,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in 3 months (2x points on all purchases). So that’s $6,000 spend in 3 months to get you 92,000+ bonus points for this transaction, which is worth $920 in free flights. Then you just need to find the cheapest flights to Hawaii you can, purchase them, and then erase them after they post to your account. Here’s an example I found when looking at Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Hawaii. As you can see, each way is just under $250, which would which would pretty much be covered by your bonus points! YEAAAAAH!! Note: The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Credit Card has an $89 annual fee that is WAIVED FOR THE FIRST YEAR. Sweet.
5. American Airlines Credit Card
This one is also pretty simple. You just pick up two American Airlines Credit cards with the 50,000 miles bonus (found here), spend $3,000 in 3 months to get the bonus, and then book flights. So that’s $6,000 spend in 3 months to get you 100,000+ American Airlines Miles for this transaction. A quick look on aa.com shows me that a trip to Hawaii is about 35,000 miles from the west coast (17,500 each way). Two of these cards should net you more than enough miles to get yourself two tickets to Hawaii! Note: The Citi AA Platinum Credit Card has a $95 annual fee that is WAIVED FOR THE FIRST YEAR. Sweet.
Get Yourself To Hawaii, There’s No Excuse!
This is only a sample of the ways to get a free trip to Hawaii. There are tons of other credit card rewards and tricks to get you the miles needed to get out there. Now you have no excuse for not taking that couples getaway to the romantic Hawaiian islands with your sweety. SO GET TO IT! If you have any questions or have a specific circumstance that needs some consulting for free travel, don’t hesitate to reach out to me using my contact page. I love this stuff!