I have a whole pile of American Airlines miles (thanks Citi), plenty of American Express Membership Rewards, United MileagePlus miles, and a smattering of points with Alaska and Virgin America (soon to be combined anyway). I had a healthy balance of Southwest Rapid Rewards, but I’ve been burning through those before my Companion Pass expires at the end of the year. As for hotels, I have decent stash of SPG and IHG, but I’d like to snag some Hilton and Hyatt points, and maybe even some Wyndham, Club Carlson, or Best Western points to round things out.
Luckily, I continue to build my portfolio of points slowly but surely. With the cards I have, I can easily get Membership Rewards points and Citi ThankYou Points in a pinch, while my girlfriend has a good balance of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards points.
So, this summer the kiddo has the privilege of jumping on JetBlue metal. Guess what? It’s a trip without me!
When I told him I booked his flight on JetBlue, he exclaimed, “Finally! Something other than Southwest!” I haven’t been on a JetBlue flight yet either, I suppose I owe that to the Companion Pass..
He’ll be going to visit some family on the West Coast, and I’m not heading up in the air with him this time. Naturally, I signed him up for a JetBlue TrueBlue account, so he could earn miles on his flight. Normally, I would have stopped there.
I just got back from a short trip, surprise! I flew out of Providence last week to spend some time with family in the Orlando area. We also spent a few days at Disney World!
Of course, there are some other places I would have liked to check off my list first, but it was great to see everyone. Some family from South Dakota made the trek as well, so I was excited to go!
That’s the good news.
The bad news? I started booking this trip before I really got into travel hacking. This means I spent, ahem, a less than ideal amount of money on the trip. I could have absolutely maximized my value from points and miles, and then gotten to Disney for much less. There are plenty of people out there saving buckets of money on Disney trips, and I wanted to brainstorm a bit on how to spend less at Disney too. Who knows, maybe I’ll go again one of these days!