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Travel Hacking Progress

Here's an update of all the travel hacking I have done.

Last updated: 2020-07-06

Credit card bonuses

Credit Card Date Acquired Sign Up Bonus Spending Requirement Annual Fee Benefits Status
Sapphire Preferred 3/11/2016 50,000 Chase points $4k / 3 months $95 (waived 1st year) 2x Dining / Travel Downgraded to Freedom Unlimited
United Explorer 6/20/2016 60,000 United miles $2k / 3 months $95 (waived 1st year) 2x United
Free checked bag
Improved award availability
Downgraded to no-fee version
Sapphire Reserve 8/22/2016 100,000 Chase points $4k / 3 months $450 $300 annual travel credit
3x Dining / Travel
Global Entry credit
Priority Pass
Keeping long-term
IHG Rewards Club 1/1/2017 80,000 IHG points $2k / 3 months $49 (waived 1st year) 5x IHG
2x gas / grocery / dining
10% redemption rebate
Platinum status
Annual night
Keeping long-term
Hyatt 1/4/2017 2 Free Nights (unrestricted) $2k / 3 months $75 (waived 1st year) 3x Hyatt
2x airline / rental / dining
Discoverist status
Annual night
Keeping long-term
SPG Personal 4/2/2017 35,000 SPG points (equivalent to 105,000 Marriott points) $5k / 6 months $95 (waived 1st year) 6x Marriott
Boingo WiFi
Upgraded to SPG Luxury
British Airways 7/24/2017 100,000 BA miles $20k / 12 months $95 3x BA Cancelled after 1 year
AAdvantage Aviator Red 11/10/2017 60,500 AA miles Single purchase $95 2x AA
Free checked bag
Priority boarding
10% redemption rebate
Cancelled after 1 year
SPG Business 3/9/2018 35,000 SPG points (equivalent to 105,000 Marriott points) $7k / 6 months $95 (waived 1st year) 6x Marriott
Boingo WiFi
Annual night
Keeping long-term
Marriott Business Rewards 4/20/2018 75,000 Marriott points $3k / 3 months $99 (waived 1st year) 5x Marriott
2x airline / rental / dining
15 Elite credits
Annual night
Keeping long-term
AAdvantage Platinum 6/12/2018 70,000 AA miles $4k / 3 months $95 (waived 1st year) 2x AA / gas
Free checked bag
Preferred boarding
Cancelled after 1 year
AAdvantage Aviator Business 7/29/2018 70,000 AA miles Single purchase $95 2x AA
Free checked bag
Priority boarding
5% annual earning bonus
Will cancel
SPG Luxury 8/31/2018 100,000 Marriott points $5k / 3 months $450 (prorated first year) 6x Marriott
3x resturants / airlines
$300 annual stay credit
Gold status
Global Entry
Annual night
Keeping long-term
Venture 12/1/2018 75,000 Capital One points $5k / 3 months $95 (waived 1st year) 2x everything
Global Entry
Keeping long-term
United Explorer Business 1/17/2019 75,000 United miles $5k / 3 months $95 (waived 1st year) 2x United
Free checked bag
Improved award availability
Cancelled after 1 year
Barclays Arrival+ 4/13/2019 70,000 Barclay points $5k / 3 months $89 (waived 1st year) 5% rebate on redemptions Will cancel
IHG Premier 2/21/2020 140,000 IHG points $3k / 6 months $89 4th night award free
No FTF
Platinum Elite Status
Global Entry credit
20% discount on points purchases
Will cancel

Hotel Redemptions

Hotel City Chain Cash Price Point Price Price CPP Cash Note
Hyatt Andaz Tokyo Tokyo, JP Hyatt $619.44 Free night 0.00 $0.00
Park Hyatt Tokyo Tokyo, JP Hyatt $606.02 Free night 0.00 $0.00
Hyatt Place Itasca Itasca, IL Hyatt $110.00 5,000 2.20 $0.00
Hyatt Regency Chicago Chicago, IL Hyatt $690.26 15,000 3.04 $234.80
Country Inn & Suites Minneapolis, MN Radisson $181.70 38,000 0.48 $0.00
Holiday Inn Eagan, MN IHG $138.72 13,500 1.03 $0.00
Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, IL Hyatt $193.85 4,000 3.28 $62.70
Holiday Inn Skokie, IL IHG $144.00 9,000 0.99 $55.25
Hampton Inn Joliet - I-55 Joliet, IL Hilton $109.63 21,000 0.52 $0.00
Holiday Inn & Suites O'Hare Rosemont, IL IHG $169.19 18,000 0.94 $0.00
Hyatt Place Itasca Itasca, IL Hyatt $169.95 4,500 3.78 $0.00
Intercontinental Tokyo Bay Tokyo, JP IHG $239.56 50,000 0.48 $0.00 Free night cert
Hyatt Regency Tokyo Tokyo, JP Hyatt $290.77 12,000 2.42 $0.00 Free night cert
Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Minneapolis, MN IHG $377.91 67,500 0.56 $0.00
Holiday Inn Eagan, MN IHG $150.66 13,500 1.12 $0.00
Holiday Inn Express Rolling Meadows Schaumburg, IL IHG $120.09 4,500 2.67 $0.00
Hyatt Regency San Francisco San Francisco, CA Hyatt $433.97 20,000 2.17 $0.00
Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown San Jose, CA Hyatt $250.93 8,000 3.14 $0.00
Holiday Inn Express Cannery Row Monterey, CA IHG $258.93 45,000 0.58 $0.00
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, CA Hyatt $359.02 10,000 1.90 $169.40
Holiday Inn Laguardia Queens, NY IHG $183.66 35,000 0.52 $0.00
Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South Manhattan, NY Hyatt $568.24 20,000 2.84 $0.00 Purchased points @ 1.71 cpp
Andaz 5th Avenue Manhattan, NY Hyatt $564.34 25,000 2.26 $0.00 Purchased points @ 1.71 cpp
Holiday Inn & Suites Joliet Southwest Joliet, IL IHG $118.03 8,500 0.74 $55.00
Hyatt Regency Tokyo Tokyo, JP Hyatt $533.93 17,000 3.14 $0.00 Purchased points @ 1.67 cpp
Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hiroshima, JP Marriott $641.13 70,000 0.92 $0.00 2x 35k free night certs$186.50 fee for extra person + club lounge access (reimburse with Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant $300 card credit)
ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Chitose, JP IHG $221.70 25,000 0.00 $221.70 Reimburse with Arrival+ credit
ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Chitose, JP IHG $295.46 25,000 1.18 $0.00
Hyatt Regency Osaka Osaka, JP Hyatt $157.00 8,000 0.00 $157.00 Reimburse with Arrival+ credit
Hyatt Regency Osaka Osaka, JP Hyatt $572.00 16,000 3.58 $0.00
ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Chitose, JP IHG $300.00* 20,000 1.50 $0.00 Estimated cash price
ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa Beppu, JP IHG $1,003.93 60,000 1.67 $0.00 Free night cert
Hyatt Place Tokyo Bay Chiba, JP Hyatt $266.42 15,000 1.78 $0.00 Free night cert
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka Fukuoka, JP Hyatt $336.60 15,000 2.24 $0.00
Sheraton Grand Tokyo Bay Chiba, JP Marriott $263.16 50,000 0.53 $0.00 Free night cert
ANA Crowne Plaza Nagoya Nagoya, JP IHG $616.19 49,500 1.24 $0.00 Purchased points @ 0.5 cpp
ANA Crowne Plaza Nagoya Nagoya, JP IHG $577.96 49,500 1.17 $0.00 Purchased points @ 0.5 cpp

Airline Redemptions

Airline From To OW / RT Cash Price Point Price Point Type Price CPP Cash Note
Southwest MDW SAN RT $458.00 30,383 Southwest 1.47 $11.20
ANA ORD HND OW $704.00 35,000 United 1.95 $22.28
JAL HND HKD RT $208.79 9,000 BA 2.26 $5.14
ANA NRT SJC OW $704.00 35,000 United 1.95 $22.28
AA SJC ORD OW $223.10 10,000 BA 2.18 $5.60
United ORD SJC OW $500.00 12,500 United 3.36 $80.60 Flight for my sister
Southwest SAN SJC OW $58.98 3,000 Southwest 1.78 $5.60
JAL ORD NRT RT $1,525.00 60000 BA 2.24 $178.86
JAL HND FUK OW $98.69 4,500 BA 2.14 $2.57
JAL OIT HND OW $98.69 4,500 BA 2.14 $2.57
United ORD OKC OW $405 10,000 United 3.24 $80.60 Flight for coworker's mother
AA ORD MSP RT $281.40 12,000 Iberia 2.18 $20.20
Southwest MDW MSP RT $97.96 5048 Southwest 1.72 $11.20
AA ORD SJC RT $421.40 23,000 Iberia 1.74 $20.20
JAL HND SFO OW $4,167.50 54,000 AA 7.64 $39.91 Flight for my girlfriendBusiness class
AA ORD SAN RT $346.41 23,000 Iberia 1.42 $20.20
AA ORD LGA RT $176.41 17,000 Iberia 0.82 $37.63
AA JAX ORD RT $368.40 17,000 Iberia 2.05 $20.20 Flight for coworker's mother-in-law
JAL ORD NRT OW $10,040.00 80,000 AA 12.45 $80.60 First class
JAL HND HIJ RT $593.00 27,000 BA 2.14 $15.84 3 people
JAL HND CTS RT $992.00 24,000 BA 4.05 $20.76 2 people
JAL NRT ORD OW $2,752.00 60,000 AA 4.50 $50.03 Business class
Amtrak OSD IRV OW $18 800 Amtrak 2.24 $0 Train
AA SNA ORD OW $168 11,000 BA 1.48 $5.60
AA ORD SAN OW $168 11,000 BA 1.43 $11.20 Date change = double cash fee
ANA HND CTS RT $520 20,000 United 2.60 $0 2 people. Estimated cash price. Returned to NRT.
ANA HND OIT OW $222.35 10,000 United 2.22 $0 2 people
Solaseed OIT HND OW $243.26 24,326 CapOne 1.00 $0

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