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Airline Tickets for $36

July 20th, 2015 at 07:10 pm

I'm taking my daughter to college in less than a month. We are flying! We just booked our tickets with Citi Thank You Rewards for a total out of pocket cost to us of $36.

These Citi Thank You Rewards were earned with our Citi Thank You Premiere card that we applied and received in May. We spent the required amount (I believe $3K) and earned 50,000 bonus points on our last statement. With points earned for the purchases as well, we had over 55K points which was just short by $36 for covering our tickets. One is a one way ticket and the other is a round trip ticket. It's going to be sad to leave her, but I know she will end up doing just fine.

We charged all of our travel to our new home, the first half of our temporary housing rent and just regular everyday spending to meet the $3K. It's nice to know we did get a benefit from it. This is the first time we have used credit card rewards for flights. We usually use them for cash or gift cards. These airline tickets were definitely the better deal! These tickets would have cost us nearly $700.

We still have over 78K of Southwest Rapids Rewards points to use...maybe for flights. Just haven't decided on the best use for those yet.

If you have credit card rewards, do you use them for airline tickets?

7 Responses to “Airline Tickets for $36”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I don't get travel rewards with any of my cards, but that is pretty awesome!

    BTW - I'm not going anywhere out of town in August, so if you'd like to meet for lunch or something, let me know. Smile

  2. bluesfemme Says:

    That's an awesome saving! We use ours to upgrade to business - it's approx 21 hours Aust. to UK, so we think the extra comfort is worth it. Just applied for a c/card yesterday that offers a free domestic flight each year in order to offset a possible girl's wknd (per your std. disclaimer, I pay in full etc).

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That's awesome!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I have never used points for flights either. I don't fly very often, and it's usually at times or places where the points don't work.

  5. Bob B. Says:

    Nice! Where is she going to school?

  6. Ima saver Says:

    I don't like to fly. I use my credit cards for cash back.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    @Bob, she's going to Nebraska. Go Big Red! We have lots of family in the area which felt good to her.

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