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In my post about the German Christmas Markets I touched on points and travel. Today I am going to delve a little deeper into the actual world of free and almost free travel. So my husband “the man way guy” and I are catching a plane out of Salt Lake City on Wednesday and we are flying into Paris for a 2 week European trip which will include stops in France, Belgium, Amsterdam, Germany, and Switzerland, and a quick stop in London for an overnight stay.
Most of our trip has been paid by points. The first portion of our trip was procured using Delta points. We booked it using 30,000 points total for two and of course the fee for taxes which came out to 5.60 when it was all said and done. I used two 15,000 one way options on points when they were up for grab in July for a Thanksgiving trip to Paris to see some of Europe’s Christmas Markets. So how did I earn those points? Most are saying well I don’t fly that much how can I earn that many points it will take me a lifetime.
I earned the points with a little thing called a credit card bonus sign up. Meaning I applied for a Delta Credit card which offered me a sign up bonus. I received 30,000 points just for signing up for the program. This gave me one flight to Europe round trip or as I used it two one way tickets to Paris. The best thing was I did not have to fly anywhere to accumulate these miles I received them for signing up for American Express Credit card and then spending 1,000 dollars in one month on the card. Which was easy for me being I used it to pay for my daily expenditures like food, gas, utilities and such.
There are plenty of blogs out there on how to do this and on how to do it to maximize it to fly basically free. I am not here to go into all of that. I can say if you email me though I can send you a link where you too can apply for a Delta Amex and you get 30,000 for doing it and I can earn a few miles if you are approved. So if you are thinking about a Delta Amex at all and enjoyed my article just email me and I will send you a link. This is called a friend referral. It earns me about 5000 points for a referral. Not too bad but they do cap it. I am ok with that though.
The Delta Amex also gives me a luggage allowance which would normally cost 25.00 per checked bag. I have used this for up to 4 people flying with me and it saved us 100.00 in checked bag fees. So the yearly fee so far has paid for itself. I am not sure how long I will carry it though being it has to be worth it. If I don’t continue to fly Delta it won’t pay for itself.
A couple of tricks if you are not using points and trying to get the best fare. Book on Tuesdays and checking in the afternoon is best. For some reason the sales go out during this time. Off season times are sometimes cheaper but not always.
Airline points programs and rewards change often so it is best to use them. After all you applied so you could get them not just sit on them. The longer you sit on them the easier it is for them to devalue. The sky is the limit here folks. Decide where you want to go make a plan and pick up a new card. You will be on your way in no time at all.
Where will I be staying at? Well I booked us a room at the Paris Opera Marriott! Great property and if you are ever interested in booking a hotel please use my site as this is how I make a living in the blog world. Travelwitht.mtravel.com That is if you are not traveling on points.
All in all for my luxury minimalist lifestyle this option for travel appeals to me a lot. I enjoy paying less but also experiencing more. Let’s see a trip to Paris for 5.60 well I am pretty sure you can’t beat that for luxury on a minimalistic budget. It also means I will have more money for wine and I always can use more money for wine. I managed to learn one French phrase too “Une Bouteille de vin rouge sil vous plait” A bottle of red wine please.