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How I Did It: $35,619 Honeymoon in Thailand for $914.60

Hey team, Curtis here.

Earlier this year, I got married to my beautiful wife Nicole and went on the honeymoon of a lifetime. It was a two-week vacation to Phuket/Chiang Mai, Thailand and Tokyo, Japan. Needless to say, it was amazing and simply wouldn’t have been possible without the power of points and miles.

I want to share my experience so you can see how this is also possible for you.

All you need is a little planning, a decent credit score (680+), a little help from the 10xT community, and you can literally save thousands of dollars on travel.

Nicole and Curtis Riding Elephants

Not going to lie – I copied a lot of Bryce’s honeymoon route because it was awesome. (plus, the fact that he got a $28,000 trip for only $326 didn’t hurt)

(Side note: if you’re just starting to think about your honeymoon, check out 7 Tips For Choosing Your Honeymoon Destination)

There are 3 key points to remember:

  1. Start planning and earning early and you’ll have more options
  2. Let your travel goals determine which cards, and in what order, are necessary
  3. If you can dream up a trip, this approach can get you there

 

The Honeymoon

First, here’s a quick rundown of our honeymoon:

  • Cleveland to Chicago O’Hare
  • Chicago O’Hare to Phuket, Thailand
  • Westin Siray Bay Resort – Phuket, Thailand
  • Phuket, Thailand to Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Le Meridien – Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand to Tokyo, Japan
  • Park Hyatt – Tokyo, Japan
  • Tokyo, Japan to Cleveland

Ok, let’s jump into the good stuff.

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Quick Wins: $20 Uber Credit, $20 with Android Pay and More!

Hey 10xT team,

Here are this week’s Quick Wins:

  1. Get $20 Uber credit for New & Existing Users
  2. $20 Best Buy e-gift card after using Android Pay
  3. Receive $15 Statement Credit using your Chase Freedom card with Visa Checkout

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1) Uber has partnered with Facebook messenger and they are giving away $20 in free credit for both new and existing customers. Here’s what to do: Continue Reading

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Quick Wins: Get $300 KeyBank Bonus and More!

Hey 10xT team,

We got quite a bit of love from the last Quick Wins post so we’re going to continue with it.

Contents:

  1. Get $300 bonus for opening a KeyBank Checking Account with $500 Direct Deposit
  2. Receive $20 statement credit from a $50+ Jet.com purchase
  3. Save $10 on an Amazon purchase with Chase Ultimate Rewards

Amazon vs Jet

1) Get $300 bonus for opening a KeyBank Checking Account with $500 Direct Deposit

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Quick Wins: Earn 47,000+ IHG Points and More!

Hey team,

Curtis here. One thing we heard quite often in the survey was that you really enjoyed the “Quick Wins” posts – so here you go! 

There are 3 current ones that I’d like to highlight for IHG, Starwood and Delta.

Contents:

  1. Earn a minimum of 47,000+ IHG points for $50 and 2 hours of work
  2. Get an easy 1,000 Delta points
  3. (FREE) Daily contest to win 1,000 – 10,000 Starwood points + other prizes

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I’m Giving Away A $100 Visa Gift Card (Survey)

Hi Travel Junkies,

I’m giving away a $100 gift card to a random USA-based reader who completes my new blog survey by Sunday, November 15th at 11:59PM EST. (Note: You must be an email subscriber to win.)

Here’s the link to take the survey.

The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and will help us to make 10xTravel even better for you in the coming months.

100 Gift Card Giveaway

It will also help me determine what my readers think about the biggest question of the year. Whether a hotdog is considered to be a sandwich or just a hot dog. So don’t let me down.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Happy Travels,
Bryce

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How I Saved $978.25 on My Vegas Trip (And How You Can Too)

Hey 10xT team,

Curtis Rummel here, the secret other half of 10xT.

My fiancée and I just got back from a last-minute weekend Vegas trip for my brother in-law’s birthday.

It was crazy (as Vegas always is), it was a blast and best of all I was able to save more than $975 by using points/miles. That’s a great feeling.

When you don’t have to care too much about the costs – you’re guaranteed to be a winner every time you go to Vegas. Which means you can splurge a little more.

Here’s how I did it.

Not too long ago I picked up a Capital One Venture Card, which is one of the cards that allow you to “erase” any travel purchase made with the card.

It also was offering a signup bonus of 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 in 3 months, which is worth $400 of free travel.

(You can read our full breakdown of the pros/cons of the Capital One Venture card here)

We used our Venture cards to book flights on Frontier, which was not the best flying experience of my life, and arrived in Vegas early on Friday morning.

Thanks to my Capital One Venture card, we were able to erase $482 of the flight cost. (Here’s a screenshot of my redemption)

Curtis Flight Redemption

In Vegas we ended up staying in a Signature Balcony Suite at The Signature at MGM Grand, which was fantastic. Our two nights costed $626.

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