Saving Money Planning your Honeymoon

How we travel-hacked our $20,000 honeymoon, only paying a fraction of the cost out-of-pocket.

Travel-hacking our honeymoon began in the early stages of our wedding planning. We knew that we wanted to go to Bali, but didn’t want to break the bank doing so nor fly in economy the entire way. We quickly found our way into the travel-hacking blogs, and that is where we began to strategically plan our wedding spend. We signed up for the credit cards that would earn us the points and miles we needed for our trip, and kept track of our expenses and progress on our spreadsheets. After a year of planning and paying our credit cards monthly, we had accumulated the points and miles for our around-the-world honeymoon to Bali, via Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, and Tokyo.

Here are the details of our amazing trip and which cards we used!

Marriot Bonvoy points earned from wedding = 263,383 points
Credit card used 💳 – AMEX Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant
Points earned on venue spend from @themayflowerhoteldc
Points Used How?
Used points to book our hotel stays at @lavilledubai 2 nights @courtyardsingapore – 2 nights @moxytokyo – 4 nights

Capital One Miles Earned from wedding = 266,432 miles
Credit card used 💳 – Capital One Venture
Miles Earned on wedding spend + everyday spend + hotels.com stays
Miles Used How?
Transferred 175,500 miles to @emirates to upgrade seats to Business Class (flew from IAD > DXB > SIN)
Used 40,000 miles to Purchase Erase @airasiatravels flights(SIN <> DPS and SIN > BKK)

Alaska Miles Earned from wedding = 130,000 miles
Credit card used – 💳 Alaska Airlines Bank of America
Miles Earned on Alaska Shopping, Dining, Survey Portals + Alaska Airlines spend
Miles Used How?
Booked @japanairlines_jal Business Class (BKK > HND > SFO > IAD)

Hotels.Com Money 💰 saves from Bali Hotels
Credit card used – 💳 Capital One Venture (discontinued promo of 10x CapOne miles earned from hotels.com bookings) Earned three free nights valued at $365
Nights Used How?
Applied free nights at @theroyalpurnama + additional savings from Price Match Guarantee to @anusaraluxuryvillasubud

Vamos viajando. The world needs to see us!


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