Here’s another post in our travel rewards tips series designed to show you how much value you can get by opening up targeted credit cards to earn luxury travel for free:
Laura and I are very much in travel planning mode for our big trip for the summer of 2014 and one option we’re investigating is Bermuda (Update: We booked this trip for the summer of 2014!!!). We have a lot of options since we’re flying out of New York City after we drop the girls off at Laura’s parent’s house on Long Island. While it is nice to have options, it is definitely overwhelming considering we have enough points to travel anywhere we want for free!
New York City to Bermuda: Free Flights
We have nearly 250,000 British Airways Avios points, and we really want to start using them. Amazingly, because of their distance-based points system (which is one of the best deals itself in all of the ‘travel rewards’ world), it only costs 15,000 Avios points to fly round-trip from New York’s JFK airport to Bermuda. This flight often costs over $450 per ticket, so this is a huge value for only 15,000 Avios.
Here are some credit cards you can open to earn Avios:
- British Airways Visa Signature Card: offers a bonus of 50,000 Avios (when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months the account is open; $95 annual fee applies), which earns you enough points for three of these round-trip flights!
- Chase Sapphire Preferred: offers a bonus of 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (when you spend $3,000 in the first three months the account is open; additional 5,000 UR bonus if you add an authorized user who makes at least one purchase; Annual fee of $95 waived the first year) which you can transfer to British Airways Avios points.
- American Express Platinum Card: offers a bonus of 40,000 American Express Membership Rewards (when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months the account is open; $450 annual fee applies) which you can transfer to British Airways Avios points.
Four Free Nights at the Fairmont Southampton
Frommer’s gives The Fairmont Southampton its top ’3-Star’ rating and says, “Sitting atop Bermuda’s highest point, this resort is the largest, most comprehensive, and most luxurious property on the island. It overlooks the ocean, the bay, and its own beach, located in front of the hotel.”
This hotel normally costs around $600 per night and you can easily get four free nights just by each of you opening up the Fairmont Visa Signature Card. You just have to each put $3,000 on your cards in the first 3 months your account is open ($95 annual fee waived the first year) and you’ll receive an award for two free nights each at any Fairmont property in the world, including the luxurious Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda! Amazingly, they also offer you free suite upgrades, so if there is suite availability when you book, you get free upgrades for all four nights! Another perk included with your award nights is that you get free breakfast for two each night you stay at the hotel on the award certificates.
Click here to sign up for the Fairmont Visa Signature Card.