Travel Hacking Progress

Here’s an update of all the travel hacking I have done.

Last updated: 7/2/2019

Credit Cards

Credit CardDate AcquiredSign Up BonusSpending RequirementAnnual FeeBenefitsStatus
Sapphire Preferred3/11/201650,000 Chase points$4k / 3 months$95 (waived 1st year)2x Dining / TravelDowngraded to Freedom Unlimited
United Explorer6/20/201660,000 United miles$2k / 3 months$95 (waived 1st year)2x United
Free checked bag
Improved award availability
Downgraded to no-fee version
Sapphire Reserve8/22/2016100,000 Chase points$4k / 3 months$450$300 annual travel credit
3x Dining / Travel
Global Entry credit
Priority Pass
Keeping long-term
IHG Rewards Club1/1/201780,000 IHG points$2k / 3 months$49 (waived 1st year)5x IHG
2x gas / grocery / dining
10% redemption rebate
Platinum status
Annual night
Keeping long-term
Hyatt1/4/20172 Free Nights (unrestricted)$2k / 3 months$75 (waived 1st year)3x Hyatt
2x airline / rental / dining
Discoverist status
Annual night
Keeping long-term
SPG Personal4/2/201735,000 SPG points (equivalent to 105,000 Marriott points)$5k / 6 months$95 (waived 1st year)6x Marriott/SPG
Boingo WiFi
Upgraded to SPG Luxury
British Airways7/24/2017100,000 BA miles$20k / 12 months$953x BACancelled after 1 year
AAdvantage Aviator Red11/10/201760,500 AA milesSingle purchase$952x AA
Free checked bag
Priority boarding
10% redemption rebate
Cancelled after 1 year
SPG Business3/9/201835,000 SPG points (equivalent to 105,000 Marriott points)$7k / 6 months$95 (waived 1st year)6x Marriott/SPG
Boingo WiFi
Annual night
Keeping long-term
Marriott Business Rewards4/20/201875,000 Marriott points$3k / 3 months$99 (waived 1st year)5x Marriott/SPG
2x airline / rental / dining
15 Elite credits
Annual night
Keeping long-term
AAdvantage Platinum6/12/201870,000 AA miles$4k / 3 months$95 (waived 1st year)2x AA / gas
Free checked bag
Preferred boarding
Cancelled after 1 year
AAdvantage Aviator Business7/29/201870,000 AA milesSingle purchase$952x AA
Free checked bag
Priority boarding
5% annual earning bonus
Will cancel
SPG Luxury8/31/2018100,000 Marriott points$5k / 3 months$450 (prorated first year)6x Marriott/SPG
3x resturants / airlines
$300 annual stay credit
Gold status
Global Entry
Annual night
Keeping long-term
Venture12/1/201875,000 Capital One points$5k / 3 months$95 (waived 1st year)10x
2x all else
Global Entry
Will cancel
United Explorer Business1/17/201975,000 United miles$5k / 3 months$95 (waived 1st year)2x United
Free checked bag
Improved award availability
Will cancel
Barclays Arrival+4/13/201970,000 Barclay points$5k / 3 months$89 (waived 1st year)5% rebate on redemptionsWill cancel

Airline Redemptions

AirlineFromToOW / RTCash PricePoint PricePoint TypePrice CPPCashNote
UnitedORDSJCOW$500.0012,500United3.36$80.60Flight for my sister
UnitedORDOKCOW$40510,000United3.24$80.60Flight for coworker's mother
JALHNDSFOOW$4,167.5054,000AA7.64$39.91Flight for my girlfriend
Business class
AAJAXORDRT$368.4017,000Iberia2.05$20.20Flight for coworker's mother-in-law
JALORDNRTOW$10,040.0080,000AA12.45$80.60First class
JALHNDHIJRT$593.0027,000BA2.14$15.843 people
JALHNDCTSRT$992.0024,000BA4.05$20.762 people
JALNRTORDOW$2,752.0060,000AA4.50$50.03Business class
AAORDSANOW$16811,000BA1.43$11.20Date change = double cash fee
HotelCityChainCash PricePoint PricePrice CPPCashNote
Hyatt Andaz TokyoTokyo, JPHyatt$619.44Free night0.00$0.00
Park Hyatt TokyoTokyo, JPHyatt$606.02Free night0.00$0.00
Hyatt Place ItascaItasca, ILHyatt$110.005,0002.20$0.00
Hyatt Regency ChicagoChicago, ILHyatt$690.2615,0003.04$234.80
Country Inn & SuitesMinneapolis, MNRadisson$181.7038,0000.48$0.00
Holiday InnEagan, MNIHG$138.7213,5001.03$0.00
Hyatt Regency O'HareRosemont, ILHyatt$193.854,0003.28$62.70
Holiday InnSkokie, ILIHG$144.009,0000.99$55.25
Hampton Inn Joliet - I-55Joliet, ILHilton$109.6321,0000.52$0.00
Holiday Inn & Suites O'HareRosemont, ILIHG$169.1918,0000.94$0.00
Hyatt Place ItascaItasca, ILHyatt$169.954,5003.78$0.00
Intercontinental Tokyo BayTokyo, JPIHG$239.5650,0000.48$0.00Free night cert
Hyatt Regency TokyoTokyo, JPHyatt$290.7712,0002.42$0.00Free night cert
Crowne Plaza Suites MSPMinneapolis, MNIHG$377.9167,5000.56$0.00
Holiday InnEagan, MNIHG$150.6613,5001.12$0.00
Holiday Inn Express Rolling MeadowsSchaumburg, ILIHG$120.094,5002.67$0.00
Hyatt Regency San FranciscoSan Francisco, CAHyatt$433.9720,0002.17$0.00
Hyatt Place San Jose DowntownSan Jose, CAHyatt$250.938,0003.14$0.00
Holiday Inn Express Cannery RowMonterey, CAIHG$258.9345,0000.58$0.00
Manchester Grand HyattSan Diego, CAHyatt$359.0210,0001.90$169.40
Holiday Inn LaguardiaQueens, NYIHG$183.6635,0000.52$0.00
Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-SouthManhattan, NYHyatt$568.2420,0002.84$0.00Purchased points @ 1.71 cpp
Andaz 5th AvenueManhattan, NYHyatt$564.3425,0002.26$0.00Purchased points @ 1.71 cpp
Holiday Inn & Suites Joliet SouthwestJoliet, ILIHG$118.038,5000.74$55.00
Hyatt Regency TokyoTokyo, JPHyatt$533.9317,0003.14$0.00Purchased points @ 1.67 cpp
Sheraton Grand HiroshimaHiroshima, JPMarriott$641.1370,0000.92$0.002x 35k free night certs
$186.50 fee for extra person + club lounge access (reimburse with Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant $300 card credit)
ANA Crowne Plaza ChitoseChitose, JPIHG$221.7025,0000.00$221.70Reimburse with Arrival+ credit
ANA Crowne Plaza ChitoseChitose, JPIHG$295.4625,0001.18$0.00
Hyatt Regency OsakaOsaka, JPHyatt$157.008,0000.00$157.00Reimburse with Arrival+ credit
Hyatt Regency OsakaOsaka, JPHyatt$572.0016,0003.58$0.00

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