Travel Destination: Bermuda

Today, I received a question from Stacey asking how I would recommend getting to Bermuda for a 6 to 7 days trip. Her and her husband are celebrating their first wedding anniversary and her birthday. After asking a few questions, I found out her and her husband have over 65,000 Hyatt points! The bad news about having Hyatt points for a trip to Bermuda? There are no Hyatt’s in Bermuda! So, how will we get her to Bermuda and save her money on this trip?

The quickest way to build up you miles/points bank is through credit card bonuses. Currently, banks are offering some very large bonuses on their credit cards. So, this is a great time to sign up for a couple of cards to travel for less on your wallet!

I did a search of the dates Stacey is looking for and if she paid for her tickets, the lowest cost I saw was about $830! That is a lot of money!

Think of what she could do in Bermuda with an extra $830!
Think of what she could do in Bermuda with an extra $830!

Now, I don’t think highly of Delta Skymiles, but in this rare instance they are the miles I think will work best. Even better, they just raised their bonus and have a very low minimum spending requirement as well.

When I search those same dates using Skymiles:

Ticket from Bermuda to Boston
Ticket from Bermuda to Boston
Boston to Bermuda
Boston to Bermuda

**Interestingly enough, I searched that flight from Boston to Bermuda 5 minutes earlier and it suddenly went up 5,000 miles per person? So, I put my phone on incognito mode and this happened.

Same flight to Bermuda in incognito mode
Same flight to Bermuda in incognito mode

Whoa! Bad guy Delta! Price magically dropped, so make sure to clear your cookies or go incognito when you book!

Her total round trip airfare price with her and her husband opening 2 credit cards would be 70,000 airline miles $162.80. She’d only pay about 19% of the actual cost.

My Credit Card Recommendation:

50,000 miles plus a $50 credit statement!
50,000 miles plus a $50 credit statement!

American Express Delta Gold- 50,000 Skymiles AND $50 credit statement after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days. That is a very low minimum spending requirement for that many miles. Other perks of the Delta Gold include:

  • $0 annual fee for first year, then $95.
  • First checked bag free
  • Priority Boarding- board with Zone 1
  • In-flight savings of 20% in the form of a statement credit

If both Stacey and her husband apply they will have a total 100,000 Delta Skymiles and $100 of statement credit for a $2,000 spending requirement. This would bring her total cost for her airfare to about 12% of the actual cost!

To find the 50,000 offer, I am going to attach Doctor of Credit’s link that gives step by step instructions: Delta 50,000 Credit card offer.

Delta is a bit mysterious in their award flight pricing, so to reduce the odds of the award price going up, I would apply sooner rather than later. The sooner they have their miles then sooner they can book their flights!

Now to hotels:
Stacey has over 65,000 Hyatt points plus she has 2 free nights thanks to having the Hyatt credit card. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a large presence of chain hotels like, IHG, Hilton, Marriott or Hyatt in Bermuda. That doesn’t mean Stacey has to break the bank to book her hotel stay!

My Credit Card Recommendation:

The Arrival offers freedom to book where you want to!
The Arrival offers freedom to book where you want to!

The credit card I would recommend for her hotel stay is the Barclay Arrival Plus. This will give her the freedom to book a hotel or Airbnb and wipe off the charges and save herself at least $500 on her stay!

**I would wait until after the minimums are reached on the Delta Gold credit cards before opening this one. There’s noting wrong with opening multiple cards at one time, but you want to be sure you’ll reach the minimum spending requirement.**

There are many options on AirBnb and some are right on the ocean!

For example:

What a view!
What a view!

This Airbnb is right on the ocean, is right around $1100 for 6 nights. She would also rent the whole house, not just a room. The Arrival would lower that about $500 minimum just from the bonus alone. She would save 45% minimum on the cost of her stay here.

If Stacey would prefer a hotel to stay at, there are many site to help her. I happen to search hotels.com and found this option at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel:

The view from the room
The view from the room
She would even get 2 nights free!
She would even get 2 nights free!

With using hotels.com she can even earn an extra 7% cash back using topcashback.com (a shopping portal), in addition too the Barclay Arrival Plus! She would save at least $600+ minimum when booking here. She would save minimum of 27% on her cost of staying here.

These were just a few options of hotels to stay at. She has plenty of options.

With just a couple of credit cards, Stacey and her husband could save themselves over $1300 on their trip to celebrate their anniversary and her birthday!

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