As many in the travel hacking community know, today is the last day to purchase United flights before the points chart gets devalued. This is a total bummer, and a good reason to cash in those points today, while they are still valuable. Most economy flights aren’t too negatively impacted, but if you want to travel in style (first class and business), then those seats are getting hit hard.
United Airlines Points Chart (in thousands of points):
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I would love to travel more this year. Last year, I focused mostly on domestic travel. However, for this year, I want to spread my wings and expand my horizons. The world has so much to offer, and I’ve just about had enough of the cubicle life.
Here’s the latest information on my next big trip:
First Flight: San Jose, CA to Tokyo, Japan (Business on ANA All Nippon Airways)
Second Flight: Bangkok, Thailand to Frankfurt, Germany (First Class on Thai Airways); Connecting to Rome, Italy (Business on Lufthansa)
Third Flight: Rome, Italy to Toronto, ON Canada (Business on Air Canada)
Fourth Flight: Toronto, ON Canada to San Francisco, CA (Business on Air Canada)
This trip is gonna be so AWESOME! I’ve never flown on first class, or business before. From San Jose to Japan, I even get to fly on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner! Once I’m in Japan, I will need to purchase a cheap (economy) flight to get me to Thailand. Most likely, I’ll spend a week, or week and a half in Japan.
After a few days in Thailand, I get to take a first class plane ride on Thai Airways to Frankfurt, Germany on an Airbus A380! Can’t wait for this, I’ve heard great things about flying Thai Airways on first class… Something about a complimentary massage?!?
Then it’s just a short flight over from Frankfurt to Rome. I’ve been to Europe before, but never Italy. Looking to spend about a week there. You know, just relaxing and taking life slooooooow.
On the way home, I get to fly business on Air Canada on an Airbus A330. Not as good, but I’m not complaining. I’m looking forward to spending a day in Toronto before departing back to the Bay Area. I’m going to stop-by and see Niagara Falls first!
And there you have it. We are now basically in February. So, six short months away! I feel so relieved after booking this trip. I know six months is a lot of time, but I now have something so exciting to look forward to. Going to work today was even better. 🙂
So, at this point, you’re probably wondering how much these flights costs? I haven’t looked it up, but I’m guessing:
Total Cost: $15,000?
Maybe $4000 for each business flight… and the first class one might be $7000. I really don’t know… but what I do know is this… Vanilla Reload cards and the sign on bonus for each credit card helped me earn:
Chase Sapphire: 40,000 bonus points; minimum spend of $3000
Chase Bold: 50,000 bonus points; minimum spend of $5000
Chase United: 55,000 bonus points; minimum spend of $2000
Total Cost of Round-the-World Trip: 130,000 Points
Total Out of Pocket: $132.40 in taxes and fees
Travel hacking is powerful stuff! To meet the minimum spend on each credit card, I simply paid my mortgages, property taxes, insurance, and other rental property expenses. Stuff I would have had to pay for anyway…
This is why I say rental properties + travel hacking = perfect marriage. The two compliment each other in ways to make your life better! For less than $150, I get to fly around the world in business/first class!
Any vacations planned for 2014? Where would you like to go next? Is travel hacking also making your life infinitely better?