Years before I started in points/miles, we bought a couple of timeshares that we now use to take our grandchildren (2-3 at a time) each summer. We can hack our flights, but lodging is at our timeshare. I must say, “I enjoy the luxury hotels that I pay nearly nothing for way more than our timeshares!” However, this year, I ensured I was earning Hyatt Points on a paid vacation. I also used some Venture miles when I couldn’t use my favorite points.
Hawaii is expensive – like really expensive. Add in three teenage girls who are active and hungry all the time and excursions, I knew we would be racking up the costs! Thank heavens, points and miles save money on flights and all my lodging on other trips.
Earning Hyatt points on this paid vacation became my goal. Here’s how I did it.
I bought gift cards at my local Staples with my Chase Ink Business Cash card. Lots of them. The Chase Ink Cash gives you 5x in Ultimate Rewards on purchases made at office supply stores. Periodically, Staples has a sale where they waive the activation fee on Visa or Mastercard gift cards. These sales are the perfect time to get gift cards to use for purchases that don’t normally earn you a ton of points.
Some of the items I paid for using these gift cards on my trip to Kauai with my grandkids included:
I couldn’t use a gift card everywhere. So where I couldn’t, I used a Venture X card, that I’m meeting the minimum spend on for 2x points on each purchase.
Places where I used my new Venture X included:
On this trip, I earned a good chunk of Venture Miles to go along with my Hyatt points. Even if you aren’t using credit card points and miles for a free stay, you can still EARN points and miles on your vacation.
For 90% of my travel, I use credit points and miles. Occasionally, especially once a year with grandchildren, I end up earning Hyatt Points on a paid vacation by purchasing then using gift cards that earn me a lot of Ultimate Rewards. I also used my new Venture X for excellent rental car coverage and to earn more Venture miles.
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