Typically, a trip from Seattle to Miami, even by conservative estimates, would cost between $1,000 – $1,500 for a 5 day stay. However, by taking advantage of credit card points, airline miles, Amazon discounts, credit card insurance coverage, Booking.com’s generous Genius discounts and a travel credit from Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can pay 1/3 of the cost. See how below:

CategoryTravel HackMoney SpentMoney Saved
Flight‣ Redeemed one-way flight via Chase Sapphire Preferred Rewards points

‣ Redeemed return flight via American Airlines AAdvantage Miles
(taxes & fees)
Hotel‣ Found a hotel/bed & breakfast via Booking.com

‣ Saved 10% as a Booking.com Level 2 Genius (frequent booker)
Car rental‣ Booked a car via Budget car rental with my Amazon account
‣ Got $7 Amazon rewards from the booking; Amazon customers get up to 10% back after completed rentals

‣ Received an instant $300 travel credit from upgrading to Chase Sapphire Reserve

‣ Saved $70 from using Chase Sapphire’s car rental insurance & declining the $15/day collision damage waiver cost


Food‣ Bought groceries & ate mostly in the B&B
‣ Dined out 3x with friends
Total Net Spend$397$840

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