GREAT UPDATE (if you’re flying with kids)
My travel buddy, Ian S., just booked this deal with his two kids. He clued me in on tips with discounts when you fly with kids.
FYI, make sure you search Google Flights/Chase w/ kids if you intend to bring kids to London. Fares were $375pp out of SFO on Virgin, KLM, Delta, but if you added a child, their ticket is just $274 (and a bit cheaper out of LAX)
Kids 15 years old and under are *not* subject to Britain’s awful Air Passenger Duty, and this should be automatically removed if you book through a European Airline.
Thank you, Ian. Check out his entries over at Travel Update.
Here’s a sample (effectively $269 per person)
Here’s a low airfare deal from Los Angeles to London….you could head to London all the way through Spring Break.
What’s the deal
- As low as $325 roundtrip
- Airports: LAX and LHR
- Dates: Availability between January and May 2020
- Check your nearest major airport, and see if a similar deal is available
How to check for low airfares
- Use Google Flights
- Enter your preferred dates
- Dates that appear in green show low airfare availability
- Make sure to check the fare rules for allowed luggage and seating
Sample $325 Airfare
Use as low as 21,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards
If you have points with Chase, you can fly for as low as 21,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards
- use your points with your Chase Sapphire Reserve
- if you have points with Chase Sapphire Preferred, you will use slightly more points
- no additional fees out of pocket
- Find dates in Google Flights that works for you and search for the exact same flights using the Chase Portal
How to begin flying nearly free
There are many credit cards out there. The points earned with Chase have been my favorite for many years. These Ultimate Rewards points could be used with different partner airlines (see below), hotel, car rentals. Here are the Chase Cards that I, myself, use on a regular basis which can earn you these Ultimate Rewards – you could get any of these credit cards below which will allow you to transfer your points to Southwest Airlines. The cards listed below also offers flexibility in transferring to other airlines and hotels (see below).
a. Chase Sapphire Preferred (click here)– earn 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a perfect starter card. With its current 60,000 bonus points, those points alone have gotten us two tickets to Hawaii, have gotten us to many countries and cities in Europe and Asia, just as an example. The sign up bonus alone can be worth as much as $1,000 or more in travel.
– 60,000 Ultimate Rewards sign up bonus after $4,000 in spend in the first three months
– Points are transferable to:
- Hotel Partners
- Airline travel partners
- United Airlines
- British Airways
- Southwest Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Flying Blue
- Virgin Atlantic
- Aer Lingus
– Points are worth 1.25 cents each when redeemed through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal
– Primary rental car collision damage waiver
– Earn 2X points on all travel and dining
– $95 annual fee
If I were just starting out in earning miles and points, I suggest starting out with this card, the Chase Sapphire Preferred
b. Chase Sapphire Reserve – earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards (I don’t have an active link at the time this was published, feel free to search on the net for a recent link, or check with me). Here’s a write up that I wrote on both Sapphire cards.
c. Chase Ink Business Preferred– earn 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards, perfect for those with small business.
I value my points earned with Chase. Here’s a write-up I wrote last year as to how we travel for nearly free (click here) with points earned with these credit cards.
For other cards that have helped us travel for nearly free, I recently I updated my favorite travel credit cards. I’ve also written this recently:
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Lastly, here Reader Success Tales that I featured on my site.
- The Yamaguchi’s European Holiday Vacation
- Stephen & Fiona’s Aspirational Trip to Japan
- $80 Trip to Costa Rica for 2 – Vanessa’s Tale
- Traveling is not just for the rich – Iza’s $11 Trip to Hawaii
- Last-minute trip to Hawaii – Bryan & Emily’s Tale
- The Smith Sisters conquer New York City – Gina’s Tale
- Seeing the world through my children’s eyes – Maricar’s tale
H/T: The Flight Deal