Making reward points work for your wedding budget!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
Member
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@MissSangria:  While it wasn’t wedding related, DH and I recently took a vacation on reward points.  Flights and 5 nights were paid for in the Bahamas!

Post # 4
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1849 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We are!  FI has a gazillion Hilton Honors points.  Just enough to cover our overwater bungalow in BORA BORA.  Please and thank you!!!

Post # 6
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308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am super into this! My corporate and personal American Express cards funnel into the same account, and between the two I earn enough points for about $500 worth of gift cards per year. Our wedding’s not for almost two years, so I am hoping that by that time I’ll have enough for $2000 worth of luxury hotel gift cards. My Virgin America and Hilton HHonors points accounts aren’t too shabby either.

Post # 7
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m saving up my supermarket points to buy our new honeymoon wardrobe & suitcase. I’m also saving points on a loyalty card to get my wedding perfume. We are asking for department store gift cards as Christmas gifts so we can get James’ suit & groomsmen waistcoats. 

Post # 8
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6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@MissSangria:  My father travels a LOT for business. A few years ago when my friends bought me a two week pass to this film festival in Palm Springs, dad put me up at The Parker- a hotel I’d been wanting to visit FOREVER.  I doubt he’ll be contributing to my wedding budget, but I sure hope he’ll throw some points my way for the honeymoon!

Post # 9
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626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m charging everything directly to our Southwest Credit card and United Cards and then paying them off asap online via my bank account to rack up those miles!

My mom and dad built our house did the same method and racked up TONS of miles for international flights, they still have miles left over!

This is SMART! +1 OP

Post # 10
Hostess
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MissSangria:  We saved $1,000.00 by using our Southwest Rapid Rewards to buy our honeymoon flights. We didn’t even realize we had enough until the last minute. It was quite the blessing!

Post # 11
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3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our cards all have CASH rewards and though we travel for work, we get put up wherever is cheap and convenient, so it’s hard to accrue enough points for anything meaningful. 

We did get a lot of gift cards after he charged my ring, though (and paid it off, but why not take free money?).  We used those to get most of our gifts for the bridal party and a few other things.  🙂

Post # 12
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3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I wish I would have looked at our credit card rewards program before planning the honeymoon. It turns out we could have spent only $250 each on plane tickets to Europe!  Instead we spent about $1500.  🙁  Ugh.

Post # 13
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249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am so doing this too! The hotel we are having our wedding at has a ton of fancy properties in Europe. We are staying in several major cities, in very fancy hotels, for free!

We are using their hotel credit card to pay for the wedding. Asthou can imagine, that is a huge amount of points, with no expense above and beyond (paying it of every month)

My next goal is to use points to get a first class ticket on the flights.That would be so awesome.

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