Posts made in January, 2015

How I Traveled The Yucatan Peninsula 9 Days For A Total Of $850!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in A Piece of Cake- Blog | 2 comments

Places I visited: Merida, Celestun, Cenote X Batun (located near Uxmal), Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, and Tulum   It’s NO secret I suffer from a case of wander lust- I love to travel and do so as often as I possibly can. Many people think travel is a high expense, but that’s not always true. By writing this blog I hope to give you some travel tips that may encourage you to take that trip you’ve been wanting to take! Tip #1: Don’t travel during high season! Easier said than done, I know. One of the most beautiful parts of being a business owner is getting to choose when I get days off, and I take liberties with my vacation days 😉 But if you can, I really do recommend you study what are the high and low seasons of the places you want to visit. Flying during low season will save you hundreds and once you’re at your location your daily cost would be much lower. My trip to the Yucatan Peninsula was in a grey area… high season was JUST coming to an end, so ticket prices were in the $400 range for the January dates I selected. For a Los Angeles flight to Can Cun airport, that’s pretty expensive. In order to lessen the cost, I tapped into my miles and points. This leads me to tip #2! Tip #2: Use credit cards that give you miles! Why WOULDN’T you do this?! We all use credit cards and we should be reaping the rewards from our expenses. Think about it this way- you’re going to spend that $100 whether you pay cash or credit…so why not just pay with a credit card that now gave you 100 miles of credit to use? There are hundreds of credit cards out there that you can choose from. My favorite are the following: 1. British Airways Credit Card: this one has an annual fee, but the avios points are AMAZING for statewide travel. It only costs me 9k avios to fly on the west coast, and the most I’ve spent flying to the east coast was 21k! They are partnered with American Airlines. Plus side: no foreign transaction fees AND they don’t charge you for checked baggage! 2. Barclaycard : This credit card is amazing.  Right now if you sign up you earn 40,000 miles… every 2500 miles counts as $25 credit which means you would be earning $400 credit. I did this last year when I flew to the east coast and didn’t want to pay the $350 RT flight. I applied to this CC got the 40k miles and redeemed the $400 to my flight purchase. The best part is that by using this credit card you are gaining miles while redeeming miles, and on top of that you are awarded 10% travel miles when you use during travel! It’s a win win win all around with this credit card! BONUS: no foreign transaction fees! I use credit cards often so I was able to accumulate another $225 credit to be placed towards my Yucatan Peninsula trip. Combining my miles with the points on my Chase Ink business card ( #3 below) I was able to bring down the total cost of my flight to $96! 3. Chase Ink: Even though I use this credit card for my business purchases, I’m still on the fence about the rewards. This gives you points to use instead of miles, so you don’t actually gain as much as you would from the Barclaycard. But it’s not a bad credit card to check out! 🙂 So how did I combine my cards? Easy… to redeem the Chase Ink credits, you have to purchase through their redemption link. So I went over, found my flight for full price and purchased. At check out, I received the $100 credit that brought down my price to about $330. I used my Barclay Credit Card to make the purchase though so that I could place the credit towards that purchase. I also used my Barclay...

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