Bucket List Travels With Points and Miles


Do you have a place you want to travel to (or several)? Maybe a type of flight that you have heard about and you really want to fly sometime in your lifetime? Alex, Jess, and I have had a multitude of bucket list travels that credit card points and miles have made possible.  The amazing thing is that we keep checking them off, one by one! And we keep thinking of more! Here are some of our bucket list travels with points and miles that we are lucky enough to have completed.

African Safari

Last year, my husband and I were able to use points and miles to reduce the cost of a trip to Africa considerably. We didn’t pay for the actual safari with points and miles, but our business class seats to get there and several hotel stays before and after the safari were all covered. We also could have used our Capital One Venture X card to pay for the safari and then “erased” part of the cost.


Two spotted animals with long necks

We saw so many giraffes, elephants, and lions on our trip. It was spectacular!


Flying Singapore Suites

When I saw Singapore Suites, I knew that I HAD to fly on them. It wasn’t cheap—a hefty 143K Singapore miles! But to put that into perspective, it was less than the sign-up bonus on my AMEX Platinum Business card. The experience was something I will always remember. Talk about feeling fancy! It was definitely a bucket list flight and something that NEVER would have happened without points and miles.




Woman sitting in lounge chair

I’m all smiles on my Singapore Suites dream flight!


A Trip Down Under

To be fair, Jess hasn’t actually completed her trip to Australia yet. But it’s been at the top of her bucket list for years, and she’ll finally mark it off in just a few months. She found business class flights from LAX to SYD (and back) on Qantas for only 75,000 Cathay Pacific Asia Miles each way (Qantas and Cathay Pacific are both in the Oneworld Airline Alliance). She transferred points from American Express and Capital One to Cathay Pacific to cover the cost of two round-trip flights.

Her #1 bucket list Hyatt property is the Park Hyatt Sydney. Guess where she’ll be staying in Sydney? 😏 I loved it so much, and I know she will, too! She’s using Hyatt points and paying $0, of course. She’ll also be staying a few nights at the Park Hyatt Melbourne. I can’t wait to read her review of that one!


Photo courtesy of the Hyatt website


Overwater Villa Dream Comes True

In March of 2022, Alex was able to cross off the top of her bucket list—staying in an overwater villa in the Maldives!
She stayed 5 nights at the Le Meridien Maldives, and it was everything she dreamed it would be and more. To this day, that trip is one of her favorite points and miles redemptions, and she still has to pinch herself that it really happened! Not only was the stay incredible, but the flights were as well. She and her husband flew Emirates business class there and flew Qatar QSuite coming home (another bucket list experience!)


couple in Maldives le méridien

Alex’s bucket list trip was to the Maldives!


Bottom Line

These are some of our bucket list travels with points and miles. Never, ever did we think we could make these trips come true because of the cost. We are so grateful for the ability to use credit card points and miles to see the world! What bucket list trip are you going to make happen with points and miles?

maldives with boat

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  1. Melissa says:

    This year I crossed three off my list
    1. Alila Ventana Big Sure – 4 night stay. Loved so much going back for 5 nights!
    2. Hawaii – First Class
    3. ANA Suite/Room to Tokyo and Kyoto. First Class and Biz.
    All 3 trips amazing. TBH, I would have done 2 and 3 without the miles and points b/c hey that is what a bucket list is for. But I assure you I never would have spent 2k a night at Alila Ventana!

  2. Pam says:

    Yes, we paid 143K roundtrip per person. We flew into Kilamanjaro (JRO) on United and Ethiopian (not my favorite airline but business is business). I would look at Qatar as well and book as soon as you can – about a year out.

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