Many that know me are familiar with one of my interests: Churning. For those who are unfamiliar, “churning” refers to maximizing one’s normal spend to obtain reward points and miles. These points come predominately from credit card sign up bonuses. By maximizing these bonuses I have been able to accumulate a nice stash of points across various programs which I then use to book travel. For our first trip earned through “churning”, we visited the Kansai region of Japan! Thanks to churning we were able to enjoy over $16,000 in air fare and hotel accommodations for a little over $700 in taxes and fees.
This week we are celebrating our wedding anniversary, and so we decided to go on a weekend getaway to Kauai this past weekend to celebrate! The last time we were on Kauai was during a stop on the NCL Hawaii cruise almost 10 years ago so it was due time for us to visit the Garden Island once more. Thanks to my credit card churning hobby, I was able to get us two free nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai along with a free roundtrip flight on Hawaiian Airlines. Any chance to spend a weekend on vacation is great, but getting to do so with zero travel costs for airfare and hotel is particularly awesome!
This year of work has been very good to me. First a free trip to an incredible experience at The Kentucky Derby, then a working trip to Vegas at the Bellagio for Toshiba’s biggest technology show of the year, and now a trip to President’s Club in Cancun! Judy and I have never been to Mexico together so we were excited to go, and for free no less! As a surprise I called ahead to American Airlines, unbeknownst to Judy, to upgrade our seats to first class both ways. A relatively inexpensive proposition thanks to the many miles I’ve been able to accumulate.