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I have been doing this blog for over 4 years now and even some of my closest friends can’t figure out/too lazy to figure out credit card points.
That’s fine, but you are leaving money on the table.
When you spend $10,000 on furnishing a house/fixing up a house etc. you should expect something back.
Now, if you already have enough credit cards then maybe you put that on your SPG card to get 10,000 SPG points worth $300-$500 in hotel stays. That’s something.
If you don’t have a credit card but are looking for a way to maximize points with this spending of $10,000 – there are ways!
In fact, I did a page a couple of years ago which is true today like it was then.
In a nutshell if you are doing this with a friend you can get up to $2000 of that $10,000 back in hotel stays or in flights!
This has now happened to two friends that have chosen to pay cash for purchases over $10,000 each.
Now I know their reasons, and quite simple they left money on the table.
Lately I’ve been checking flight prices for friends and more and more I’m finding flying out of Cleveland a way cheaper alternative.
Most flights I’m finding out of Detroit to Florida destinations are between $300-$400 with very few exceptions.
I have made it a point to use Google Flights and always check Cleveland as when you are not using points and paying cash for flights it adds up when purchasing multiple tickets.
This particular deal is from Cleveland to Ft. Myers and is under $200 CDN round trip…which is a very good deal – on UNITED! (and Spirit lol)
You can check google flights yourself but remember to use the function where you can change the city you fly out of (or into) to save some money.
Thing is…Tampa is only $201 CDN, Orlando $220, Ft. Lauderdale $241 so there are options out there!
So as the years go by and more and more of my friends figure out SPG and why they haven’t “done this sooner!!!” it amazes me people still ask how you can get 1 – yes just 1 hotel room free.
This blog is now 4 years old and at the start I was going on about SPG and Amex and some people picked it up right away and others still want to, but just can’t get started!
I realize people have other things to do and have families – much like myself – but all you need to do is sit down for a few hours and get organized. Then…slowly after maybe 6 months…BOOM – FREE VACATION!!! What???
Why SPG though? Well it’s not just them, but the return on their Amex credit cards run in the range of 5%!!!!! Not to mention the sign up bonus you get!
They just lowered their bonus from 25,000 to 20,000 points and I know many people got on board then.
What is it then? Ahhhh yesssss…$120 annual fee.
People do Groupon and other deals that don’t even come close to the SPG cards – not even remotely close!
You get the card, spend $1500 on it.
You’ll end up with 21,500 SPG points usually worth over $1000 in hotel stays for that $120.
Better example – spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend/travel partner
You get the card, refer that other person mentioned above to the card – both of you spend the $1500 on it.
You’ll get 21,500 + 5000 points (also lowered) and they get 21,500 points.
Combined total 48000 SPG points – which you can combine in a family account with SPG or Marriott.
Hotels stays worth between $2000 – $2500 depending on where you stay for a combined fee of 120 + 120 = $240.
5th night free with both SPG and Marriott, so you can get some pretty nice vacation destinations on the beach in there for 5+ days.
US and Canadian bloggers go on and on about this card – and for good reason – it’s the best option out there!!!
I have a link to this card here, but remember, only get these cards if you can manage your money properly and can sit down and get organized with your user names and sign ons, etc for an hour or two.
IT IS SO WORTH IT THOUGH!!!