Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How I flew to Santa Cruz, California for $0.00

Some of you know I just got back from Santa Cruz. Of course you didn't really think I paid for that, did you? No, of course you didn't! :)

We have an airline miles card. Some of them are better than others, but we like to have one with no annual fee. Right now, we have a Capital One Venture card. I use this for my online business to make purchases and we also use it for some other purchases as well. For this, we get airline miles. We pay this card off every month to make sure that we never have any interest or fees to pay. We make sure just get perks.

Here is a list of airline miles cards you can get:

Here is another site that may also be of help:

I frankly find it very difficult to compare one card to another. I'm sure there is a way to do this but things vary so much from card to card I find it very hard to compare. Maybe some of you have some good pointers on that.

So, after we rack up miles for quite a while, we use this to take trips with. So far, my husband and I have gone to Savannah, Georgia together for free and my son and I went to Washington DC for a total of $70.00 one year. 

This year, my husband and I would like to go someplace warm together this winter. Since I used some miles already, it's hard to say how close to free we can get, but we will try and see what we can do. I think the main thing to remember is to always, always pay off the card every month, or there is a good chance you can go backwards and end up paying more than you might save on a trip. 
Happy travels. 


  1. Must feel pretty awesome to have your toes in nice warm sand knowing you got there for free!!!!!! YOU GO GIRL! :)

  2. I actually just used the credit card site you listed to decide to purchase an airline rewards credit card for our family business. Opening a new CC is kind of "scary" because we try to not have any, but seeing as we use so much fuel each week that we pay without getting rewards, that this seems like a wise thing to do. If you have to spend money, you might as well get rewarded for doing so :)