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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 on my Travel Credit Cards page.
Couples Love Hawaii
Science has proven that if you are 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.
5 Ways To Get To Hawaii With Credit Card Rewards
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. It’s only 20,000 miles each way. So for 80,000 total miles, you can get (2) roundtrip tickets on the signature airlines of Hawaii!
Which means you just need to drop $4,000 in 90 days on two of these cards to get your two free roundtrip flights. 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 a $0 fee for the first year, then $99 after that.
2. The British Airways Avios Trick
With the current Chase British Airways credit card offers, you can grab 2 and get over 100,000 Avios miles. Then you can use those miles to book roundtrip ticket to Hawaii!
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 26,000 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. KoreanAir Skypass Miles
This little-known trick is a great way to get free tickets to Hawaii using your Korean Air Skypass points.
The great thing is you can book economy tickets to Hawaii using your Skypass points starting as low as 25,000 miles through Delta Airlines. They are part of the same network, so find the lowest available award seats on Delta, and then call the Skypass rewards number on your card to book.
Simply signing up for (2) of the Skypass cards and grabbing the bonus will let you book 2 tickets to Hawaii!
4. CapitalOne Venture Rewards Card
This one is super simple. The CapitalOne Venture Rewards Card gives you $400+ 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 offers a GENEROUS sign up bonus after meeting the minimum spend. Grab two of these, and you should have enough for (2) roundtrip tickets.
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 (just over $900 total for 2 tickets)! YEAAAAAH!!
5. American Airlines Credit Card
This one is also pretty simple. You just pick up two American Airlines Credit cards with a 50,000 miles bonus (or more), meet the minimum spend to get the bonus, and then book flights.
A quick look on aa.com shows me that a trip to Hawaii is about 40,000 miles from the west coast (20,000 each way). Two of these cards should net you more than enough miles to get yourself two tickets to Hawaii!
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!