Thanks to CC reward sign ups I was able to book multiple trips for free!
2 southwest round trip flights for my parents (they will pay me back eventually). Used 46,332 points worth $745.60. 42,000 of these points came from my new chase sapphire which awarded me 50,000 points after spending $4000 in 3 months. So 100% free for doing nothing other than spending money I would have spent anyway.
2 delta roundtrip flights to Canada in September for M and I. Used 38,000 points of which 30,000 was a sign on bonus for M’s delta CC and the other points were earned from flights he took for work. Savings are weird since delta doesn’t do it the same way as southwest where each point has a value for southwest each point is 1.6 cents in $$. Booking this far in advance the tickets had lower miles cost but would have cost us $1034 (in cash)so it’s a nice savings. I’m thinking the tickets will be closer to $350 if I had waited to book and was paying cash so our points value will be between 1.6 and 2.4 cents. Not too shabby. The tickets weren’t 100% free as we had to pay taxes of $106.98 which $50 was credited back to us thanks to using his new CC within 3 months. Taxes from Canada are a lot more expensive. $5.6 each vs $47.89.
I have also booked our rental car which I got a mid size SUV since M does better in them and we have a few longer car trips planned that week. It will be $399 in Canadian $$ which the conversion at the moment is $287. Here’s to hoping that the US dollar continues to stay worth a lot more than the Canadian dollar. I got the cheap rate via Priceline and sadly there is no pay now allowed to lock in the cheaper price. Plus gas is a whole lot more expensive there so I am hoping I will get more out or my $$. I am trying to find a bank in the US where I can get Canadian $$ but Bank of America is the only one I have found so far and they require you to have an account with them (which I don’t). Oh well.
I have also been crazily booking all of our summer camping trips. It amazes me how fast these places fill up. We have 5 weekends reserved now and I am working on #6. Since our trailer batteries were stolen early last year and we haven’t replaced them I have been holding out on camping at any sites without electric hookups. Maybe this year I will bite the bullet and we will try a non electric campground and hope that our lone battery will survive. It’s $300ish for 2 new batteries so we haven’t quite had the desire to replace just yet.