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I did a post almost 3 years ago that still rings true today and is very relevant this week – our CDN March break.
Now, cards have changed since that post and you are left with 2 SPG cards and 1 Best Western Card, but the value in those 3 cards is about $2000 in hotels for $270 in fees.
A Marriott card or 2 will be back soon but in the time being this is what we have.
The best part of those SPG AMEX cards is you can work together with your partner to pick up referal points and combine your points.
Many people asked me before March break about finding “cheap” hotels in Florida after I found them “cheap” flights.
If this may have been you wondering about “cheap” hotels grab a SPG Amex card and start the process for yourself.
One way to look at it is this – would you pay $120 on Groupon or whatever to be guaranteed anywhere from 2-7 free hotel nights (based on quality/location of hotel)?
Ya you probably would.
The thing to remember is only do this if you know you can pay down your credit on time and are responsible with credit.
As a side note I have branched out into the US hotel cards which is also very lucrative and worth giving a shot if you have established credit there.
Check our page “Paypal Me/US Amex cards” on that.
Our most popular page is “How do you do this” which gets you started on these CDN cards.
Have fun with it!
To all my Canadian friends – have a safe and enjoyable March break!
I hope you can use points/miles to help with the costs of your travel – that is why this blog exists.
Check our page “How do you do this” for how to get started if you haven’t yet.
Karen now works from home but check out her latest and get a hold of her if you like these deals!
This may be gone by the time you read this but next Friday March 9 – Monday March 12 Detroit – Ft. Myers is $55 US ROUND TRIP on Spirit.
Good part is you get most of the flight days in Florida too.
Check it out and book on Spirit.
I just had a conversation with a friend who was concerned getting 2 credit cards within a month and what that would do to her “stellar” credit rating.
This person has had the SAME 2 CARDS for years and has received nothing but a few hundred in free groceries in that time. That’s terrible.
“Ummm, that’s pretty good actually” you may say.
The sign up bonus alone on the cards I mention on my “How do you do this” page is worth more than a few hundred in groceries – not to mention the continual points you would get from spending.
Why are people “faithful” to a certain card for years and get nothing back?
To keep their “stellar” credit?
I did a post a couple of months ago about this and it’s very true.
Your credit will dip when you get a card. Google it.
Is thousands upon thousands of dollars in free travel worth it when you credit score “dips” a bit for a month or two?
Think about it. Does a dip in your credit score really affect anything? (unless it is already low and you are going for a car loan/mortgage etc)
My credit score has ranged in the 730-780 range since I started this “hobby” over 6 years ago.
My free flights/hotels/car rentals have been in the multiple thousands of dollars every year.
So think about it if you haven’t started this yet – how important is your credit rating if you are fiscally responsible already?
Ok, I am always posting about cheap flights from Detroit to Florida and this post is no different – but it is for our March break which a few people may find interesting.
Firstly, those Saturday – Saturday flights or Sunday – Sunday will cost you the most – usually.
Can your trip be shorter? Do you have to fly into Tampa/Orlando?
What about Monday the 12 to Friday the 16 for $150 CDN round trip Detroit – Ft. Myers?
Orlando – $191, Ft. Lauderdale $198 both CDN and round trip.
The above flights are with Spirit if you want to know where to go.
So many people I’ve been talking with seem to think these flights should cost you $400 or more!
Again, like I have said over the years here, USE GOOGLE FLIGHTS!!!!!
Do you have hotel points to make this trip pretty much free?
Get them! Check out our page “How do you do this” and grab a card or 2 – SPG and Best Western ones will do it.
I have been doing this for years and still some of friends don’t think it is possible – and these are well educated people with common sense!
When I tell them I haven’t paid for a flight or hotel in the last 5 years they automatically assume I’m exaggerating or flat out lying.
I don’t do that. I like the numbers game and how you can “play” this game and travel free all the time.
People do similar things when they understand the system. Think day trading the market or mining bitcoin.
I know people that do both, and are reasonably good at it.
Here is the HUGE DIFFERENCE IN WHAT I DO.
IT COSTS YOU NOTHING BUT TIME AND PATIENCE
Day trading – obviously costs money.
Mining Bit Coin – obviously costs money.
Getting a few credit cards a year – can cost you nothing.
Now, the naysayers can grumble on about that and give all sorts of reasons why it’s “bad” for your credit, you’ll pay “more in interest” than the rewards you get.
But that is all bullshit. I’ve never sworn on this blog in 4.5 years – that is my first bad word! (maybe 2, keep reading)
Bad for your credit? Only if you get a new card every month and cancel it right away after the bonus – or you don’t pay your bills off!!!
But don’t do that. Be reasonable with the cards. Maybe get one every 3-4 months. Keep them until the fee kicks in (if there is a fee).
Pay your bills on time.
There -right there. That is all I do.
- New card every 3-4 months
- Pay bills on time
Travel free from now on.
My page “How do you do this” lists 4 cards you could get over the next year that would give you thousands of dollars of free travel for a total of $240 a person.
Thousands. Even better if you work as a pair and refer each other.
My page “Big Purchase Bonus” is better if you want to try 1 card and have a few bucks to spend in the next 3 months.
I mean this is awesome.
Spend $10,000 on cards next 3 months.
Get back about $2000 of that in hotel stays or $2000 in flights!!!
THE CARD IS FREE.
That’s why I say, “Why not a free vacation?”
Try it, you’ll like it.
It’s always nice to get away. Even for a few days.
That is why I decided to look for flights on our CDN Family Day weekend Feb 15/16 – 19.
Google Flights is awesome for this – put in your days and check that map!
As always I use Detroit as our airport to fly out of – but Cleveland can be cheaper.
So what I found was Florida flights are not cheap…yet.
The best I could find there was Detroit – Ft. Lauderdale $268 round CDN.
Now that may seem cheap to you, but lately prices have been better.
A couple cities worth checking out on this weekend (for cheap flight prices) are…
Myrtle Beach – $139 CDN round trip
Washington, DC – $117
New York City – $218
It’s always fun checking Google Flights and I’m really surprised more people don’t use it or haven’t even heard of it yet!
So as we all know as Canadians March break is an expensive time to travel – always is.
Usually most people are stuck in the Friday-Friday/Sat-Sat/ or Sun-Sun type of flight.
Many people don’t waver from this and that can hurt your budget.
2 things to really consider when planning a March break trip are…
- fly different days and don’t necessarily stay a week
- do you really have to fly out of…(Detroit for our area)
I usually do a post like this every January or so but it is so true.
Many people I chat with are going Saturday March 10 to Saturday March 17 and are going to Florida – lets say Orlando in this example.
Currently this flight is $350 CDN on Delta – which is actually pretty good!
Google flights will give you hints by the way.
Can you make your trip shorter? Can you drive and extra 2 hours to Cleveland?
In the picture below there are different cities listed but I’ll tell you what it comes down to.
Make your trip half a week if money is an issue – say going Sun 11 – Thur 15.
Your new CDN flight prices round trip?
Orlando – $158
Ft. Lauderdale $160
Ft. Myers $149
All I am saying here is have some flexibility and save some serious cash.
Hotels still gonna cost ya? Check our page “How do you do this” and grab some SPG or Best Western points and stay free!