HOW I USED CREDIT CARD POINTS TO TRAVEL FOR FREE | Honeymoon Vlog (Bonus Video)


Hello travel peeps! It is Ashley Renne from Travel Lushes and i’m here with another vlog for you and this one is going to be about how I was able to go on my honeymoon to Asia for free. everybody likes free stuff right so I’m gonna tell you exactly what i did in order to go to Bali and Hong Kong for nothing at all. So we actually just got married. It was a wonderful wonderful beautiful ceremony We got married at this really beautiful rooftop venue overlooking the city of Atlanta. I had my bridesmaids dressed up in saris. They looked gorgeous. We danced. We partied. We ate great cake. We ate great food. We even had our first dance choreographed thanks to my friend Shara Jackson. She’s awesome. And then we go away by helicopter at the end of the night. It was just a really awesome right. And then two days later we went on our honeymoon and that was awesome as well. So how were we able to go on our honeymoon for free? That’s what I want to talk to you guys about. This is not a sponsored post. Nobody is paying me to say this. I’m going to tell you exactly what i did in order to go to Asia for nothing at all. So having travel hacking? Travel hackers are basically people who, they chase, like rewards, points, and miles, and you know, they try and game the system in order to travel for free. Well, that’s kind of what we did. So basically several months before the wedding we ordered the chase sapphire preferred credit card. I ordered one and he ordered one. I also got another credit card but I’ll get into that later. With the chase sapphire preferred card you get 50,000 bonus points when you spend four thousand dollars in the first three months. Now because we were planning a wedding, that was really easy to do. Each of us were easily able to spend four thousand dollars in the first three months. We were easily able to get those 50,000 bonus points each together. That was a hundred thousand bonus point that we were able to put towards miles for our flight to Asia. Yeah I mean awesome. And so here’s where the travel hacking part comes in because I didn’t just get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, I also got another credit card to use in conjunction with my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. I got the Chase Freedom card, because with the Chase Freedom card, you get five times the points in certain categories. So let’s say that from October to December they have a category for gas and groceries where if you use your credit card for all of your gas and grocery purchases you get five times the points. So for October through December I would use my Chase Freedom card for gas and groceries and for all other purchases I would use my chase sapphire preferred card so I’m able to really maximize every single dollar that I’m spending and with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you get double the points if you use it on travel related items so like flights, hotels, even restaurants so I’m getting double points from my chase sapphire preferred card and i’m getting five times the points on certain items with my chase freedom card. Now the beautiful thing about these two cards is you can combine the point so you can transfer everything from your chase freedom card to chase sapphire card and that’s what I did. When it came time to book my travel, I transferred all of my points from the Chase Freedom card onto my chase sapphire preferred card and then Karl and I linked our credit cards so that I was also able to have him transfer his 50,000 bonus points and his other points that he amassed from you know spending stuff for our wedding, we were able to transfer all his points onto my credit card so my Chase Sapphire Cared now has my 50,000 bonus points, his 50,000 bonus points, and any points that I amassed on my chase freedom card. That was a boatload of points and we were able to use it all to book two plane tickets. My ticket and his ticket to Bali and Hong Kong. How awesome is that? We didn’t have to pay for it because we just used points. So I highly highly recommend using points if you can to travel. I mean, it’s like free money because you’re basically just getting rewarded for money that you’re already going to be spending anyway and that is exactly how we were able to travel for free on our honeymoon. You know we’re both very responsible people so you know when it comes to finances, nothing that we spend just sits on our credit card. We paid it off every single month. I’ve never had a balance on my card that I didn’t pay off in the end of the month. So if you are a financially responsible person then i highly recommend getting a credit card that has good travel rewards but there are other credit cards out there that I heard were also great. The Capital One Venture card for example was really awesome and the good thing about that card is you get 2 times the points on every dollar you spend not just on certain categories, not just on travel, not just on you know hotels and restaurants. On every dollar spent on the Capital One venture card. But I ended up doing the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and and the chase freedom card and I combined this point along with Kar’s points to book the travel for my honeymoon. So that is it, that is how we were able to travel and go on our honeymoon for FREE. For free! And if this video was helpful to you, give it a thumbs up please And I want to know, have you ever travel hacked? Have you ever used points to travel for free let me know in the comments below because i want to know your story I want to hear if it never worked for you. And also just know I’m gonna be coming out with weekly vlogs about our honeymoon so you’re going to see our Honeymoon Diaries, everything that we did in Bali and Hong Kong, all the fun that we had All of that is coming up, so subscribe for weekly videos coming your way. That is it that is all I have for you guys today. Thank you so much for tuning in and I will see you next week with a new vlog.

43 thoughts on “HOW I USED CREDIT CARD POINTS TO TRAVEL FOR FREE | Honeymoon Vlog (Bonus Video)

  • The pictures of your wedding looked awesome! Looked like the perfect day really…

    Awesome how you can save money when traveling. This is not really possible in Germany though…

  • OK, so many people told me about the Sapphire card. I may have to sign up for it. that's cool you can transfer points between that and freedom card!

  • Great tips. You looked absolutely gorgeous at your wedding, can't wait to see the video from your wedding and honey moon travels!!

  • Oh your wedding was gorgeous!! I absolutely love the saris! And that helicopter! But seriously, about those credit card points–I seriously need to get in on that.

  • Great travel hack tip for getting free flights! I can't convince my husband to do that though lol Our current card gives us cash back on every purchase but we take it and put it in our savings. We also pay off our card on a weekly basis so it's always at $0. Can't wait to see your weekly videos!!!

  • We started doing this to rack up miles, but in the end the deal we had wasn't a good enough one and spending thousands would get us like $100 worth of flights, lol. And I didn't want to keep taking out lines of credit. (Plus I'm not so good at paying my balance off all the time 🙂 ).
    It definitely seems like the points aspect of travel hacking is best in the United States!

  • The wedding was stunning!! I have a chase card as well. These are great tips. I'm a travel blogger so I'm always looking for tips

  • Way to use your airmiles, dang it takes forever to rack those up. Your wedding dress is lovely! IT's almost worth considering getting a new credit card, especially when everything you buy overseas runs as credit any way. Sorry for taking so long to comment I've been trying to work around the comment error I've been getting.

  • This is such a brilliant way to travel for free!Love it!Thanks for sharing these tips!Love the shots from your wedding.Your dress was so so gorgeous!

  • I use points all the time from flying, however with me I have zero intention of getting a credit card, mainly because I'm quite irresponsible with money. I have a MasterCard debit card that amasses Qantas Frequent Flyer points, plus my local supermarket gives Qantas points and I also do surveys to earn qantas points as well. So on average I earn about 1000 points every 2 months and I generally use the points for free flights or a points plus pay. Qantas recently made it harder to earn points by flights and also how to redeem on flights which is frustrating

  • Ashley youre so beautiful! I'm also in the travel hacking game. As I'm sure you know, the Sapphire Reserve is out. You guys could both go for it, and re-do this entire trip and much more easily this next time (I have it!). Theres just so many options for financially responsible people, haha

    P.S. also been to both Bali and Hong Kong, both nice places! 🙂

  • How easy was it to transfer points from his card to yours? I have a friend who's transferring me points to my sapphire reserve. I also have the venture card but chase points are higher value. My venture card is collecting dust now! LOL I'm in ATL also, and that route that u guys took seems like something I might try!

  • so  what do you think  about  the  venture cards  both  the  higher card 2 miles per dollar spent  and venture 1  1.25 miles spent?
    to me  the Freedom  is  a cash back card  while  the  sapphire cards are travel  with  the venture cards?

  • I so glad you added that you pay off your balance every month. I also travel hack, and credit cards are a part of it. I pay it off every month. I tell people that if they do not trust themselves to pay it off, don't even attempt to do it. It takes a financially responsible stable person to do this.
    I will typically book my flights & hotels through Expedia using my points card. I'll also plug in my SPG member number and FF miles number when booking. I imagine the other travel sites have this as well.
    Sooo, for one trip booking I get
    1. SPG hotel points
    2. FF miles with my participating airlines.
    3. My Credit card travel points
    4. Expedia points (to redeem on air, hotel, car etc)
    I also use my card for every single monthly expense I have. Car, house, food. Not a dime in interest because I pay it off.
    Happy travelling and congrats on the marriage!!!

  • Enjoyed the video… I like the helicopter ride at end of the wedding…that was fly…. Thanks for the information….many years of blissful union!!!

  • Hi! My fiancé and I are planning on paying for honeymoon this summer. If i apply for the chase sapphire card, can i book our flights and our hotels within the 3 months to get the 50,000 bonus and then after use the points to get paid back for the flights? What are your thoughts?

  • 100000points+?? iiish!!! Thats Real Gangsta right ther !!! These Airlines should NEVER mess with Savvy PowerCouples : )
    Its NOT about $$ anymore, its The BRAIN and Execution. ….Long live TravelHacking !! lol…my fisco score is 330 right now.

  • This video was super helpful. Glad to hear you were able to honeymoon FOR FREE and leaving your wedding in helicopter is badass 🙂 In any case, I was curious to see if you have considered upgrading your Preferred to a Reserve card through Chase. I was reading on Upgraded Points earlier that you get 3X instead of 2X the points on travel purchases and there are some other cool perks like Priority Pass / Global Entry membership included. I know the annual fee is high but it seems to pay for itself in travel credit. In any case, what are your thoughts on this upgrade?

  • What everyone here doesn't get, is that how you're in big debt unless you can pay off that initial $4000 in the first month. According to this video, they went in major debt. Free sounds good until you can't apply for a mortgage because your credit score is hurting massively.

  • I didn't mean to offend you, I'm sorry if I did it. But, using credit cards is like playing with fire, at some point you're going to get burn. That's why there are millions of people struggling with credit card debt.

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