Traveling to New Orleans

New Orleans is best known for Mardi Gras, but the city’s vibrant atmosphere isn’t limited to that specific time of year. Its culture, food and music can be enjoyed year round.  This example will show how easy, and inexpensive, it can be to visit this unique city.

Trip Details:  three nights, air and hotel for two.

Hotel

3 nights Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans

Air

2 economy class, roundtrip tickets on American Airlines

 

Credit Cards for This Trip

Chase Sapphire Preferred – 54,000 point sign-up bonus after meeting minimum spend, plus 5,000 points for adding authorized user to account.

  • 3 nights at the Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans – 45,000 points

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard – 53,000 American Airlines miles after meeting minimum spend.

  • 2 roundtrip American Airlines economy class tickets – 50,000 miles

Of course, food and local transportation will be extra, however, the large portion of the travel bill – air and hotel – which, depending on the time of year, could total $1,000 or more, is essentially free.

 

Traveling to The Beach

Clearwater Beach, Florida boast miles of white sand beaches and crystal clear waters for your beach-going enjoyment.  The only thing better is using Miles and Points to greatly reduce the cost of your beach excursion.

Trip Details:  three nights, air and hotel for two.

Hotel

3 nights Sheraton Sand Key Resort

Air

2 roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines

 

Credit Cards for This Trip

Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express – 33,000 point sign-up bonus after meeting minimum spend.

  • 3 nights at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort – 30,000 points

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card from Chase – 52,000 points after meeting minimum spend.

  • 2 roundtrip tickets tickets – variable pricing depending on time of year.

Sunscreen and Rum Runners extra.

 

Traveling to Paris

There may not be a more romantic and picturesque city in all the world.  Many dream of spending time sipping cappuccinos at its many quaint cafes, visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower and exploring the world-renowned Louvre, but such an experience comes with a high price.  While Miles and Points won’t make this trip completely free, their use very well may make what once was only a dream, a reality.

Trip Details:  six nights, air and hotel for two.

Hotels

4 nights Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome

2 nights Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel

Air

2 roundtrip economy class tickets on United Airlines

 

Credit Cards for This Trip

Each traveler needs to apply for the following cards.

Hyatt Credit Card from Chase – 2 free nights at any Hyatt hotel after meeting minimum spend.

Marriott Rewards Premier (only one card needed) – 83,000 points after meeting minimum spend.

  • 4 nights Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome – 4 free-night certificates
  • 2 nights Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel – 80,000 points

United MilagePlus Explorer Card – 53,000 miles after meeting minimum spend.

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard – 53,000 American Airlines miles after meeting minimum spend.

1 one-way economy class ticket on United Airlines – 30,000 miles

1 one-way economy class ticket on American Airlines – 30,000 miles

A Paris trip on Miles and Points requires a few more credit card applications and a little more effort, but for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it’s most definitely worth it.

 

Credit card sign-up bonuses increase and decrease throughout the year.  Examples are based on bonuses at the time of writing and are subject to change.