Credit Card Reward Programs
& Travel Loyalty Programs:

Your Ticket to Free Vacations

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Two Case Studies:
How I Synergized Credit Card Reward & Travel Loyalty Programs into Two Amazing International Trips

Case Study #1
10-days in Europe for $365 Per Person: How I Did It!

Now you are starting to see how using my travel advice to leverage money you're already spending can help you get great vacations either for free or at a huge discount. Let's talk about the 10-day three-country European adventure that I put together for my sister, Trina, and myself for only $730 including airfare (again, that price is NOT $730 per person). So do you want to know the nuts and bolts about how we took an amazing trip to Europe and only spent $365 per person? First, I had a United Airlines reward ticket but had to purchase a ticket for my sister for $515. Second, I converted some of my Amex reward points into Hilton reward points and combined them with my loyalty points I already had with Hilton Hhonors to book the Hilton Hotel in Paris for four nights (with a view of the Eiffel Tower) and the Hilton in Strasbourg for four nights (which was beautifully located just five miles from the border of Germany) - both hotels were free. The only hotel I paid for was the Hilton at the Charles de Gualle airport (as they didn’t have reward rooms available at the time we were staying here) but we were upgraded to a suite due to my Silver Status with the hotel loyalty program. It made more sense to convert Amex reward points to hotel rewards due to the price of a hotel rooms, hotel taxes and the exchange rate so this was a huge value of approximately $2400 in free hotel stays combined with a free airline ticket of a value of approximately $515 you can see how we saved close to $3000 and we had an incredible vacation at amazing four-star hotels.

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For over twenty years, TV Travel Show Producer, Marianne Schwab, has been collecting money saving travel tips as a travel producer for high profile television programs. She has flown all over the world and produced live television productions on location from Caesar's Palace on the Vegas Strip to the beautiful island of Oahu. Read more