Credit cards and I have always had an amicable relationship bound by mutual expectations: I pay on time, they give me rewards. Recently, though I’ve realized that I really have not been taking advantage of all the great things that can happen with credit cards.
In this case, a good thing is my honeymoon airfare. For two round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires, business class on the outbound flight and economy class on the return flight, I paid $418.20. Per Kayak.com, the cheapest flights on those dates would be $1,205 per person, economy class. For a mixed flight like ours (business class one-way and economy the other), the cost was $1,800 per person.
For airfare that would cost at least $2,400 for the both of us, we paid just over $400. A $2,000 saving does wonders for our honeymoon budget. All thanks to British Airways Chase credit card and the 100,000 miles sign-on bonus I picked up in May. Even if I include the $95 annual credit card fee in the airfare, it would still be just over $500 for two people, an incredible deal.
I’ve had my first taste of points experience and I think I’m hooked! I never really signed up for credit cards for the bonuses before, but I think I am a changed women. My Blog Reader is now filled with points and miles blogs such as The Points Guy, Million Mile Secrets, Mommy Points, Help Me Travel Cheap, and Frugal Travel Guy.
The Points Guy’s guide on British Airways miles helped me figure out how to book an award (and convinced me to do so before November 12, which is when a big devaluation on British Airways miles is supposedly due). After 2 hours of playing with dates on the British Airways website, I finally found this deal…. with the departure date a full week-and-a-half after our wedding date. A small hiccup, but for less than $250 per person I can wait a few days to go on our honeymoon.