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Mar 2017 - Chad

Chase Sapphire Preferred

1

Mar 2017 - Chad

Chase Freedom

2

Mar & Sep 2017 - Chad

Barclays Red Aviator

3 & 14

Apr & Nov 2017 - Chad

Amex Delta Gold

4 & 17

Apr 2017 - Chad

Amex Hilton Honors

5

May 2017 - Hannah

Amex Hilton Honors

6

May 2017 - Chad

Chase Hyatt

7

Jun 2017 - Chad

BofA Merrill+

8

Jul 2017 - Chad

Amex SPG

9

Aug 2017 - Hannah

Marriott Rewards Premier

10

Aug 2017 - Chad

Marriott Rewards Premier

11

Aug 2017 - Chad

Chase Ink Business

12

Sep 2017 - Hannah

Barclays Red Aviator

13

Sep 2017 - Chad

Citi Platinum AAdvantage

15

Oct 2017 - Chad

Chase IHG

16

Nov 2017 - Hannah

Amex SPG

18

Dec 2017 - Chad

Amex Platinum

19

Jan 2018 - Hannah

Amex Delta Gold

20

Jan 2018 - Hannah

Citi Platinum AAdvantage

21

Mar 2018 - Chad

Amex Delta Platinum

22

Mar 2018 - Chad

Amex Business Delta Gold

23

Apr 2018 - Chad

Citi Business AAdvantage

24

May 2018 - Hannah

Citi Thank You Premier

25

May 2018 - Chad

Chase Sapphire Reserve

26

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MARCH '17

Best viewed on desktop, although the mobile version is functional. The purpose of this page is to show you how we earned 2 million points in one year, how our credit scores changed during that year, and how you can personally earn points for free flights as well. All card offers with bonuses are included below. *All savings estimates are based on our personal award redemptions.*

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Impact on Our Credit Scores

What we love about this card: 

On top of the awesome signup bonus, you also get a free checked bag on every Delta flight.


What we used it for:

Multiple roundtrip flights from NYC to our families in Utah, and several countries in Southeast Asia.

Saved Us $6,000

AMEX DELTA GOLD

4/17/20

What we love about this card: 

This card is a great starter card if you're building credit. The bonus can get you multiple hotel nights!


What we used it for:

4 free nights at Disney World, and we still have half of our points left.

Saved Us $1,500 + TBD

AMEX HILTON HONORS

5/6

What we love about this card: 

Hyatt has beautiful properties around the world, and you get one free hotel stay every year.


What we used it for:

TBD, but we're thinking a villa in the Maldives. What do you think?

TBD

CHASE HYATT

7

What we love about this card: 

We barely got this card just before it was closed from public applications. 


What we used it for:

We booked two roundtrip flights to Iceland for a week-long vacation.

Saved Us $1,000

BofA MERRILL+

8

What we love about this card: 

Starwood Preferred Guest points can be transferred to dozens of airlines and hotels. Maximal rewards.


What we used it for:

We got 5 free hotel stays in Cancun and capped off larger flights like our trip to South Africa.

Saved Us $3,000

AMEX SPG

9/18

What we love about this card: 

You get a free stay every year, and the points can be transferred to dozens of airlines and hotels.


What we used it for:

Weeklong stay at Marriott's Fiji Momi Bay resort, a category 8 premium location.

Saved Us $6,000

CHASE MARRIOTT REWARDS

10/11

What we love about this card: 

One of the highest signup bonuses we ever received. If you own a business, definitely get this card!


What we used it for:

Multiple business class flights on our RTW Singapore Airlines itinerary.

Saved Us $10,000

CHASE INK BUSINESS

12

What we love about this card: 

American Airlines points are some of the most valuable. You get one free checked bag on every flight.


What we used it for:

TBD. We intend to use these points to fly to South America after our adventures in Europe.

TBD

CITI PLATINUM AADVANTAGE

15/21

What we love about this card: 

Lower annual fee and you receive a free stay every card-year anniversary.


What we used it for:

TBD. We've never stayed on an IHG property and are excited to review our experience.

TBD

CHASE IHG

16

What we love about this card: 

We love this card! $200 in travel credit yearly, access to the best lounges worldwide, and other travel perks!


What we used it for:

This card got us multiple business class flights on our Singapore Airlines RTW itinerary.

Saved Us $20,000

AMEX PLATINUM

19

What we love about this card: 

Generally has a higher signup bonus than its younger brother, the Delta Gold card. 


What we used it for:

TBD. We're thinking about doing a giveaway using the points we got from this card.

TBD

AMEX DELTA PLATINUM

22

What we love about this card: 

This card is the business equivalent of the personal Delta Gold card. The free checked bag is great.


What we used it for:

TBD. We will probably use this card's bonus as we bounce around Europe.

TBD

AMEX BUSINESS DELTA GOLD

23

What we love about this card: 

This card is the business equivalent to the personal Citi Platinum AAdvantage card. Free checked bag.


What we used it for:

TBD. Probably going to use these to bounce around Africa, starting in Egypt.

TBD

CITI BUSINESS AADVANTAGE

24

What we love about this card: 

Citi Thank You Points can be transferred to many airlines and redeemed for amazing value. 


What we used it for:

TBD. Probably going to use these to return to Europe after South America to see Ireland and Norway.

TBD

CITI THANK YOU PREMIER

25

What we love about this card: 

The king of travel credit cards. The highest rewards with tons of flexibility. This is OUR longterm card.


What we used it for:

TBD. We constantly earn points on this card for every purchase, so we'll continue to book free flights with it.

TBD

CHASE SAPPHIRE RESERVE

26

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