|Hello Hong Kong!|
My dream trip has always been to go to Tokyo + Hong Kong to visit an aunt, uncle and eight first cousins that I have never met before. I also hope to reunite with another aunt and uncle along with three other cousins I haven’t seen in over 25 years.
Well, it’s finally happening.
|Did I mention that I will be flying Air Hello Kitty?|
This gave me two round-trip tickets to Tokyo-Hong Kong and home again. The only additional fee I paid was $350/person in fuel surcharges and taxes, but comparing that to the $2000 ticket that I priced out – I think I’m still coming out ahead.
|Brian Kelly of The Points Guy|
Why is this? Brian’s response, “People don’t love change especially when it comes to personal finance. It can seem annoying to get a new card, but really you’re throwing money down the drain.” Meaning you could be earning free travel rewards or merchandise redemptions. If all these points and miles are simply too overwhelming or confusing, Brian suggests that you look at each point having a value of about one cent. Brian also notes that you choose a credit card that provides value to you. Is it cash back that you want or would you prefer travel rewards?
For me, it was no question. Travel is one of the top priorities in my life right now and if I can somehow subsidize the cost of this expensive hobby – the better! I have been a Gold Rewards Cardmember for a few years now and I redeem for a flight almost every 4-5 months.
Earn 25,000 Bonus Welcome Points! – Right now, American Express Canada is awarding new Cardmembers a 25,000 Membership Rewards points when you sign-up for a Gold Rewards Card and charge at least $500 in purchases within the first three months. If you’re an Aeroplan collector like me, that’s enough for a round-trip flight from Toronto to Los Angeles! The card also lets you earn 1 point for every $1 you put on the card and 2 points for every $1 spent on eligible gas, groceries,drugstore or travel purchases.
|I will eat ramen until I burst!|
Your First Year is FREE – Yes, that’s right. The annual fee ($150 value) for the first year is waived. Want to earn points faster? Order one free supplementary card for a friend or family member on your account. Do keep in mind that the Gold Rewards Card is a charge card that you pay in full every month. I never carry a balance on my card and it’s definitely a worthwhile benefit to have to pay it off at the end of the month.
Get Yourself a Gold Rewards Card! Start earning so you can start traveling. Sign up for an American Express Gold Rewards Card and experience for yourself the World of YES.
Do you have a dream trip in mind? If so where would you go?