Book that Christmas Vacation!
So I have had a few co-workers come up to me since November started and ask me how to go South for Christmas break.
Well, go ahead and pay full price for a vacation, or…spend a little time learning the “points system”
My page “How do you do This” is set up exactly for that.
Yes, at this point if you want a free/cheap vacation you will need to grab a new credit card or 2 – but it is officially spending season so why not?
The Marriott Visa is free, you get your points (50,000) almost immediately, and if you have a travel partner/spouse/etc you can double up on the points!
This card is the “no brainer” of the travel credit card world.
There are hotels in Florida that start at 10,000 points per night with a pool, free breakfasts, etc.
The Best Western card (also free) gives you 40,000 points which can get you 2-3 free nights in similar hotels.
The Amex Gold Rewards card is my fav. because it’s free and you get 25,000 points which can be used as a $250 travel credit or can be converted to airline points to use towards a free flight anywhere in Canada/ Continental US.
The Amex Starwood would be for nicer hotels on the beach (see this page) and is the best card of the bunch but many people can’t get past the $120 annual fee. This card would take about 1 month from arriving in the mail to get your points as well.
So there are many opportunities out there – especially if you are willing to drive to your destination!