I’m now two months into the Travel Hacking Experiment. For those that don’t know, travel hacking is the art of signing up for a bunch of credit cards to get the lucrative sign-up bonuses, and then using those rewards to travel for free/cheap. You can read my beginner thoughts on the subject here. My goals when I started looking for cards to sign up for were:
1.) Earn AAdvantage points (or points from any airline in the OneWorld alliance).
2.) Earn Hilton HHonors points.
You might recall, from Travel Hacking: Part I, that I applied for five new credit cards back in March, and was approved for four of them (turns out Citibank doesn’t like to issue multiple new cards at the same time). Here’s a recap of the cards, the sign-up bonuses, and the minimum spending requirements to get the bonuses:
- Citi AAdvantage Visa – Sign up bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage points after spending $3000 in the first 3 months.
- American Express HHonors Card – Sign up bonus of 50,000 HHonors points after spending $750 in the first 3 months.
- US Airways Premier World Mastercard – Sign up bonus of 50,000 Dividend Miles after your first purchase and paying the $89 yearly fee.
- British Airways Visa – Sign up bonus of 50,000 Avios points after spending $2000 in the first 3 months.
Typically Mrs. Dragon and I don’t spend $5750 in non-mortgage expenses in three months. So the plan was to use manufactured spending to hit those spending levels. However, it turns out that the timing of this experiment couldn’t have been better. Since we bought our house our spending level has been higher than normal, which has made meeting the minimum spending requirements a lot easier.
As of this writing, I’ve hit the requirements for the bonuses on the first three cards, leaving only the British Airways Visa to go, all without doing any manufactured spending. The 50,000 HHonors points and the 50,000 Dividend Miles have already posted to my accounts. Not only that, but because of the American Airlines/US Airways merger this quarter, those Dividend Miles are already converted to AAdvantage miles. Sweet!