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FutureBillionaire
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Travel costs

Postby FutureBillionaire » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:17 am

It costs entirely too much to take a trip somewhere. Plane tickets are out of control. So are hotel prices. I feel bad for big families. I feel like rewards help make it affordable, not at a good discount. Am I alone on thinking this?
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Postby kcarter609 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:33 pm

Not at all. $400 for round trip tickets, $150/night for a CHEAP hotel, plus food and whatever you do while you're there for any reasonable destination. Unless you fly Spirit or JetBlue, or during specials when it's $200 round trip. That's why I go on camping trips. A tank of fuel, some food, and $20/night for a camp site to set up a tent on. Hiking and swimming during the day, along with some cool photos, and whatever else there is to do. Food cooked over a fire at night. $100/person to go for 3-4 days with all costs included. You honestly can't beat it and it makes me really not want to take a "real" vacation.

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Postby cashback » Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:49 pm

Cruises are pretty affordable if you can drive to where they deport from. About $800-1100 for a 7 night cruise, all inclusive. On a 7 night vacation you would expect to pay at least $800 just for the hotel.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:22 pm

Yeah, I have heard great things too about cruises. I need to go to Chicago during Memorial weekend. That trip will cost entirely too much.
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
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Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape

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Postby agp » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:55 am

It really depends on where you go. Good prices at hot destinations are hard to find. As with designer accessories and phone/tv providers, airlines and hotels almost have an oligopoly in the industry. With that said, there are plenty of hidden gems in the world to visit for decent prices if you do a little bit of research.

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:58 pm

My concern is more regarding the trips that I need to take to see friends or attend major events. The costs are ridiculous. Eventually, these places will price people out. That, or folks will only book through the discount sites and pay much less.
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape

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Postby cashback » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:06 pm

FutureBillionaire wrote:My concern is more regarding the trips that I need to take to see friends or attend major events. The costs are ridiculous. Eventually, these places will price people out. That, or folks will only book through the discount sites and pay much less.


You need a hotel card to churn money through.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:23 pm

cashback wrote:You need a hotel card to churn money through.


My CSP is going to get used alot. I also signed myself up for 5% cash back through the cash +
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape

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Postby cashback » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:34 pm

FutureBillionaire wrote:My CSP is going to get used alot. I also signed myself up for 5% cash back through the cash +


When I say churn money through, I mean money you're not actually spending. I have "spent" 4K on my SPG already. Im not that big of a fan of CSP. 2x points isn't that impressive to me.
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Amex BCE 25K ---- PenFed Platinum Rewards 15.5K --- US Bank Cash+ 12K --- Discover IT 6K --- Citi Dividend 5K --- Chase Freedom 12.5K --- Amex SPG 6K --- Citi Thank You Preferred 15K

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Citi Simplicity - 5K, Sam's Club Discover - 10K

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:51 pm

cashback wrote:When I say churn money through, I mean money you're not actually spending. I have "spent" 4K on my SPG already. Im not that big of a fan of CSP. 2x points isn't that impressive to me.


Ah. Now I get it. I love the CSP because of the versatility. I'm going to use the UR mall more than Shop discover to augment my spending. I will then transfer the point sot the CSP. I think the CSP is better if you pair it with a Freedom.

How quickly do you earn points through the SPG?
Gas: Discover It, Penfed Platinum Rewards x2, Chase freedom, Citi TYP
Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape



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