Editors Note: Two Card Trips is a series of articles that show how you could book a trip using points/miles earned from just two different credit cards. Today’s two card trip takes us to
Fyre Festival 2019 the Bahamas with points earned from the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard and the World of Hyatt Card Credit Card.
When you think about award travel and using credit cards to earn points, you probably think that you need to earn a bunch of different points right away just to get your foot on the plane, but it isn’t so.
Unless you plan an extensive sabbatical abroad, most simple trips can be taken by utilizing points earned from one or two credit cards. You won’t be hopping continent to continent in business class by any means, but it’s definitely possible to make these trips happen.
Don’t believe me? Let’s talk about a weekend trip to the Bahamas for you and your significant other, friend or sibling. I will show you how to get you both plane tickets and a few nights at a four-star beach resort. After reading this, you will book a trip to the beach in no time.
Flights to Nassau for Two People in Economy Class
Flying to the Bahamas isn’t always cheap, especially not in high season. Escaping the winter blues will cost you a pretty penny. However, let’s look at how you can fly there and back with a plus one at a reasonable cost.
Both the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard and the AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard often offer up to 60,000 American Airlines after meeting certain spending requirements. The bonus isn’t always this high, but it does go up periodically. If you see a high offer like this, snag it. You’ll use these miles for your flights.
Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
50,000 miles after $2,500 spend in 3 monthsLearn more by visiting our
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AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard
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The AAdvantage program has some of the most favorable redemption rates to the region. Although some one-way flights from the United States to the Caribbean go for 12,500 miles on off-peak dates, most flights will set you back 15,000 miles at the lowest redemption level. With ~60,000 AAdvantage miles, you can fly two people to Nassau and back.
Keep in mind that you’ll pay taxes on your flight, which usually hover around $100 per person. These are charged by the Bahamas and unfortunately, aren’t avoidable. Still, the full cost of your round-trip flight would be a lot more had you paid for it with cash.
Now that we’ve got flights sorted out, let’s take care of lodging on the island.
Staying at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Your next step is signing up for the World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase. The card comes with a tiered welcome bonus of 25,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first six months of being a cardholder, and another 25,000 points after $6,000 total spend in the first 6 months for a total of 50,000 points. It also comes with an automatic Discoverist elite status, which can help you with a potential upgrade.
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a Category 5 property, and an award night there goes for 20,000 World of Hyatt points. After you meet the minimum spend requirement on the World of Hyatt Card and earn the full bonus, you’ll be able to book two to three nights at this four-star property located on Cable Beach. Suddenly, an extended weekend on a tropical island is within reach—all on points!
SLS Baha Mar is an enormous resort! You won’t believe you’re really staying at this hotel (for free) when approaching its high-rise towers in a cab. With seven pools on the property, some of which are heated, and private cabanas for rent, you will have no shortage of sunbathing options.
If you like marine life, one of the pools even has a swim-up aquarium where you can view sea turtles and nurse sharks through the glass. And once you try the food at the Grand Club (free for Globalist members), you will definitely be glad you signed up for this card.
Also, having status with the chain, albeit the lowest-tier status, can help you score an upgrade to a preferred room if one is available at check-in. Perhaps, you’ll get upgraded to a high floor or an ocean-view room just for being a co-branded card holder. Still, not too shabby for a three-night mini vacation.
The best part of redeeming points for a hotel stay in the World of Hyatt program is that room taxes and resort fees are waived when you book award nights. This means that your stay actually is completely free unless you decide to extend your weekend trip and add some paid nights to your heavily-subsidized vacation.
In fact, now that you haven’t spent much money on your vacation to the Bahamas at all, why not add a paid night or two to lengthen your trip? Points and miles don’t always have to cover the cost of the entire holiday. If you cover most of the trip with points and miles, you’re leaps and bounds ahead of people who pay full price for travel.
Credit cards are a great tool to help pay for an otherwise unattainable vacation, and using this tool is incredibly easy for those with a great credit score and a bit of determination. Earning enough points and miles for an elaborate round-the-world trip is rewarding, yes, but such a complicated itinerary can take quite a bit of time to plan.
Not all of us travel the same way, though, and there’s something to be said about taking a simple weekend getaway with the help of just two credit cards. You can earn a bonus on each card by using them for all your everyday spending and paying off the balance every month. Before you know it, you’re sipping cocktails on a beach in the Bahamas!
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