Reader’s Success Story: Southwest Rapid Rewards

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Our newest reader success story comes from Tara who is a recent convert to travel hacking.  We love that she has already signed up for a couple of credit cards and sees the value of getting more cards. That’s the way to increase your points – keep those signups coming! We try to always have a card we are meeting the minimum spend on. Here’s Tara’s story about using points for a trip to New York using Southwest Rapid Rewards.

 

Tara’s Story

I started my travel hacking adventure last year. 2019 was the year of weddings for my family. My wedding was in August and my sister’s wedding was in October. Needless to say, weddings and honeymoons are expensive! my now-husband and I love to travel together. We decided about two years ago we wanted to share in experiences rather than tangible gifts for holidays/birthdays.

For my birthday we were able to go to Buffalo, New York to see Niagara Falls and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex. This cost us 20,000 points for both of us. Southwest’s Companion Pass is amazing! Plus, I was able to use my saved up points from our Bank of America Travel Rewards Card to pay for our $150 car rental. Now, I just need Airbnb to create a rewards program! (sidenote from Travel Hacking Mom…the Capital One Venture is a great option for using points towards Airbnb). As a bonus, we were able to use the companion pass to save on our flights to my sister’s wedding. We also used the leftover Southwest Rapid Rewards to fly to a friend’s wedding in Orlando.

This is just the beginning of our travel hacking but with all the inspiration and ideas out there, we are getting better
about tracking our various reward programs. We are no longer afraid of signing up for new credit cards to earn bonuses/rewards.
Man and Girl standing by Niagara Fall sign

Southwest Rapid Rewards let us book a great trip to Niagara Falls using points and the companion pass!

 

Bottom Line

Great job Tara! You are doing awesome! We love hearing from our readers so please send us your stories – we’d love to feature you on our next travel hacking success story!
Niagara Falls

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