Reader success story: How this couple used transferrable credit card rewards


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Today I wish to share a narrative from TPG reader Matthew Orchant, who used seven credit card bonuses and lodge free night time certificates to e book an epic honeymoon journey to Japan.

The Orchants opened seven credit playing cards in eight months, incomes round half one million factors to make this dream journey a actuality.

Saving factors on airfare to Japan

Matthew and his spouse will fly an ANA Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner just like this one. ZACH GRIFF/THE POINTS GUY

Rather than splurging on premium cabin airfare (which can be usually more durable to seek out), the Orchants determined to e book economic system flights with their rewards. This gave them extra factors to make use of in Japan.

To fund their flights, the Orchants each opened The Platinum Card® from American Express with focused welcome bonuses via CardMatch (topic to vary at any time).

They booked round-trip, nonstop airfare from Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) for 100,000 Aeroplan factors per ticket. For reference, Air Canada Aeroplan would not have the bottom award charges on this route. When X (Star Alliance economic system award) fare is obtainable, here is the round-trip value per individual utilizing these packages, all of that are switch companions of American Express Membership Rewards:

Regardless, the Orchants transferred 200,000 Amex Membership Rewards factors to Air Canada Aeroplan to e book the ANA flight (which we’re instructed would have been round $5,000 for 2 tickets utilizing money), leaving them with 100,000 leftover Membership Rewards factors from their two welcome bonuses. They’ll use these factors for a future journey.

Related: The finest methods to journey to Japan with factors and miles

Luxury Hyatt stays in Japan

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills pool. HYATT

For their time in Tokyo, the Orchants booked the 52-floor Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, which is steps away from among the metropolis’s high points of interest, together with the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower.

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Modern Japanese-inspired rooms and suites that sit in a primary location and are available outfitted with luxurious Aesop tub facilities do not come low cost. For their dates, rooms have been going for round $1,100 per night time. So, their 120,000 World of Hyatt factors saved them round $4,400.

In Kyoto, the Orchants spent two nights on the Park Hyatt Kyoto. Rather than pay with money, which might’ve value them $4,000 for the complete keep, they redeemed 35,000 factors per night time for his or her keep.

Entrance to the Park Hyatt Kyoto. HYATT

To get their World of Hyatt accounts to 190,000 factors, the Orchants each signed up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. Each of their card affords included an 80,000-point sign-up bonus on the time (which has since expired). They additionally every opened the World of Hyatt Credit Card to earn 30,000 bonus factors after spending $3,000 on purchases of their first three months from account opening.

Because you’ll be able to switch Chase Ultimate Rewards factors to World of Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio, the Orchants have been in a position to switch a lot of the factors they earned from signing up for his or her playing cards towards their Hyatt stays.

Related: 5 straightforward methods to maximise Hyatt award redemptions

Maximizing Marriott certificates

W Osaka entrance. MARRIOTT

The final a part of the Orchants’ journey took them to Osaka, the place they made nice use of free night time certificates for his or her last three nights. Their property of selection? The brand-new W Osaka.

When they have been planning their journey, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card supplied a sign-up bonus of three free night time awards (as much as 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy factors per night time). This supply has additionally expired. Since every night time was simply 44,000 factors, they did not have to make use of factors to high off their certificates.

Had the Orchants determined to pay money, they might’ve spent simply over $1,100 for the three-night keep.

Related: Ouch: It’s not simply you, Marriott stays now value extra factors

Bottom line

The Orchants are about to depart on an unforgettable honeymoon journey. They earned practically half one million factors by opening seven credit playing cards, which funded their air journey and lodging in Japan. They’ll be taking a handy nonstop flight from Washington, D.C., whereas staying at a few of Japan’s most prestigious accommodations throughout the nine-night journey.

If they’d paid money for his or her travels, the journey would have set them again roughly $14,500.

Now, it is price noting that such a method takes time to implement due to the assorted utility restrictions from the foremost card issuers — most notably Chase’s 5/24 rule. Nevertheless, this story exhibits how planning prematurely can unlock unimaginable worth while you put your rewards to make use of.

Congratulations to the Orchants, and protected travels to Japan.

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