We used Chase Ultimate Rewards! You can earn them by opening several of the credit cards that they have available - which means you can have rotating Chase Ultimate Rewards all the time! The best part about Chase points is their versatility: you can transfer Chase points (without losing their value) to Southwest Airlines or United Airlines and book on hotels and most importantly, tours! Your points never expire as long as you keep that credit card open AND if you don't have enough points, you can pay for the difference = still getting a discount on a tour overall. Here are our referral links: Earn 60,000 bonus points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months by clicking here. Earn $200 cash back or CONVERT these to more Chase Points after $500 on purchases in 3 months by clicking here. For business owners, earn 100,000 Chase Points or $750 cash back (amount to spend depends on the card you choose). They're bonus offers vary, so I try to post if they're offering a great deal, as you don't want to sleep on those!
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Admittedly, the disadvantage with Chase is sometimes their minimum spends are quite high, along with their annual fee. However, for all the value we have gotten out of these cards it was entirely worth it! Our "joint" expense credit card is the Chase Sapphire and every year we take a trip, we have a few Chase points to get us discounts in some form or fashion. We had a large home repair and paired it perfectly, signing up for the Chase Ink card and charging the home repair to this and therefore qualifying for the spend required to get the bonus - which paid for most of the tours on Big Island. I always like to give credit, where credit is due, and I learned most of these Chase travel hacks through The Points Guy: here is their Guide to Chase Ultimate Rewards
Our most recent trip- to Big Island, Hawaii, we were able to do:
*NOTE: we did book a Mauna Kea stargazing tour through Chase, but ultimately cancelled because I was afraid of the altitude adjustment of going to the top of the summit. But the link above is for the actual tour that we did
This was a $1,500 value all using Chase Ultimate Rewards points. I always start planning trips by asking for personal recommendations and searching on Tripadvisor and Google Maps. Then I use Chase Ultimate Rewards to see what deals I can get. We have also used Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to get 2 round-trip tickets to Greece for our honeymoon, paying nothing to get there. Comment below and let us know what you will do with your points!