Sheldon wrote an excellent post about the greatest gift you can give your spouse, one that won’t wither, or be consumed and then disappear – the gift of travel and the memories that come with it. And if travel is great to bring a couple together, wouldn’t it also be great to bring a family together?
The most exciting piece of travel is the discovery – new places, people, and ideas that stimulate your mind, and sharing it with the people you love is a singular experience.
I just returned from a family vacation to Florida, where we took a cruise to some incredible white sand and blue water beaches, invited the kids to explore the history of space travel at the Kennedy Space Center, and brought to life the wizarding world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. It was such a great time together, and while there were times when I wondered if it was all worth it, we were all so pleased to have created memories that none of us will ever forget.
Tallying up the cost of what it would have been without the WorldWanderlusting secrets of almost-free travel, though, I wondered how any family would ever be able to afford to do something like that. For someone without the savvy to acquire frequent flyer miles, the flights alone would cost at least $600 for a total of $3000 for a family of five. Most families would have to spend years saving and that would barely cover a third of the total cost by the time you paid for food, lodging, and entertainment.
But what if you could get flights for five to some amazing place for less than $900? Would that not be a game-changer? Would that open the door to a whole new world of opportunity? Would your family be able to do far more?
Almost everyone plays the frequent flyer game to at least some degree. But a lot of people think that the only way to accumulate miles is to fly, and that the free flights can only come once every several years. But as the faithful followers of this blog know, we’re accumulating miles like they’re going out of style, and traveling for free multiple times a year.
In fact, I’m going to show you how you can apply for a single credit card and then obtain 5 flights and only pay for one of them. It seems downright silly that it’s even possible, but it is because I have done it and it’s awesome.
Even though US Airways is merging with American Airlines, for a limited time, you can still get The US Airways Premier World MasterCard®. It’s offered by Barclaycard and the features include 40k points after your first purchase, a 5k point discount on reward bookings, and a companion pass that allows you to add up to 2 companions to a ticket for $99 each.
You will be on the hook for an $89 annual fee, but that’s a whopping monster of a bonus for a small price when it comes right down to it. The end result is this:
You’ll be able to book 2 flights within the US with the 40k points, Pay for a ticket for yourself and then add two companions for $99 each. Depending on the cost of the one flight you do pay for, for less than $900, you’ll be booking 5 tickets within the US for a net cost of less than $200 each. If that weren’t enough, the card also gets all of you free baggage!
It’s far more simple than you’d imagine and US Airways flys almost everywhere, so there’s no shortage of opportunity. You could follow in our footsteps and take the family to Florida. You could go to New England in the fall. You could take the kids to Nashville, or Branson, or to the dozens of free museums in Washington DC. No matter which of these or the many other options you choose, you’ll be making the kinds of memories that no amount of time can wipe away.
And in the unfortunate case that you can’t find time to take your family on this kind of vacation, those US Airways miles will eventually roll to American, where 40k miles could take you to Europe or Northern South America… the possibilities are endless.
But this is an offer for The US Airways Premier World MasterCard® that won’t be sticking around forever. At some point, they’ll shut down the card as they continue the merger and there probably won’t be much advance notice. Where there’s not a minimum spending requirement – you get the points after your first purchase, it boils down to a question of whether it’s worth it to you to pay $89 for a slate of benefits that will get you five flights for a fraction of what you’d expect to pay. If there’s a family vacation in your future, this is the way to do it. If there’s not a family vacation in your future, this is a way to put one there.
Also, if this idea is one that makes sense for you, would it also make sense to sign up your spouse and do the same thing all over again? Do you see where we’re going with this? Now you know why we’re constantly WorldWanderlusting…
Where will your US Airways free flights take you?