Post # 1
My FI and I have come up with the idea that we are going to apply for a credit card with miles and put EVERYTHING wedding related on it. (Don’t worry we actually already have all of the money that I think we’ll need in a savings account to pay everything) With the miles we ‘collect’ we are going to purchase our airline tickets for our honeymoon.
Has anyone out there done this? Did it work for you? Do you suggest a certain miles card??
Post # 3
We did this with the expenses that didn’t charge an extra fee for a credit card transaction (our venue and caterers charged 3%, which is what the card companies charge them for the transaction). I already had an AAdvantage card. My family live in the American Airlines hub city (Dallas), so I fly them all the time, and they partner with so many airlines that it’s a really flexible way to use miles. We’re actually flying to our wedding and honeymoon for free because of all the miles we racked up. Just remember that these card usually have sky high APR and a yearly fee ($85 for the AAdvantage Master Card)
Post # 4
I did, sort of. I had the citi expedia card, and booked my photographer’s flight and hotel accomodations with that card, and got a ton of thank you points, b/c his flight was from San Fran to Jamaica. Points for every dollars, and points for miles flown. It worked out well.. The rest of our stuff went on our cards with cash back. We have the money, too, but you get benefits from paying with the cards and then paying the balance in full, so why not do it??
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
just be sure that the rewards are more than the annual fee, if there is one! I was going to sign up for a hawaiian airlines cc, but there was an annual fee and the miles wouldn’t have made up for that.
Post # 6
We have a United Airlines Visa and we are flying on miles as well. Its saving us a ton of money as we’re going to Moorea and Bora Bora for our Honeymoon. We also have an American Express card that gets us Starwood points so 3 of our nights in Bora Bora are on points and then the 4th is half off. We’re staying at a Starwood resort (Le Meridien.)
Advice – – if you know you already have the money in your savings and you plan to pay of the CC then yes I recommend getting one and using points to put towards Honeymoon travel. Like @crayfish: mentioned though – – be sure you read all about APR interests, yearly fees (our Amex has a yrly fee) etc….
Post # 7
yeah, ditto those fees. We paid the fee for our hilton amex last year b/c the way the incentives and our hotel stays worked out, it was in our best interest. But this year, it wasn’t going to be, so we switched from the card w/ the annual fee and more benefits to their standard card, and are using our USAirways MC or costco Amex for the bulk of our purchases now b/c of their mileage and point systems. If the hilton one works out next year, we might switch again. I’m glad my husband researches these things very thoroughly – we are flying to and from hawaii first class on miles for our 1st anniversary trip.
Post # 8
I am doing this. In fact, I just applied for Virgin Atlantics Amex Black card. If we spend over a certain amount we get a free companion ticket anyway, in addition to three miles for every dollar spent. I figure it is definitely worth paying the annual fee, at least for this year in the run up to our wedding. We are also going to have a traditional wedding in April which we will have to fly to London for, so I can see the card benefiting us greatly when honeymoon rolls round.
ETA – Virgin also offer a White Amex card for lower rewards but no annual fee
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
We got the American Express Blue Sky card. We liked it more since you’re not locked in with any one airline. It’s not miles, but for every certain amount, you get a $100 rebate on a travel-related purchase.
Post # 10
Thank you so much everyone! This is SO helpful!
Post # 11
Absolutely, we actually have two mileage points cards. WE use them for every purchase we make, ever groceries (we pay the cards off every month)
WE have flown from NH to Hawaii, Alaska and Costa Rica on our miles. For Hawaii and Alaska, we flew first class. I believe besides the miles, we paid five bucks for the seats.
Yes, we pay a fee to have the cards. I think it is $45. If you think that is a lot…well, we flew first class to Hawaii and Alaska from New England, so….