- 7 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
Okay, I just signed up for US Airways dividend miles and I’m so excited about earning free flights. After some exploring, I figured out how to get a honeymoon flight for free over the course of wedding planning!
First you’ll have to open a Bank of America debit card that earns you 1 mile per every dollar you spend.
Second you need to download their search toolbar. You earn 100 miles/month if you do enough searches and right now you get 500 bonus miles for downloading it! Plus it makes finding everything—and knowing your rewards—so much easier.
Then you start shopping! (the easy part!)
I’m just putting together a sample set, because I definitely haven’t bought all this but I wanted to show you all how things can add up. If you search and are willing to go to less well known retailers, you can rack up even more points, but in the interests of an example, I tried to use more well-known stores!
500 miles: Downloading the toolbar
1200 miles: 12 months of searches (you can earn up to 100 miles a month)
3500 miles: $700 worth of invitations from minted.com (4/$1 plus 1/$1 from buying it on my debit card)
900 miles: $150 of guestbook stuff from theknot.com’s gift shop (5/$1 plus 1/$1)
1200 miles: $400 worth of bridesmaid/groomsmen gifts from Amazon.com (2/$1 plus 1/$1)
5000 miles: $1000 of wedding bands from various jewelry sites (4/$1 plus 1/$1)
6000 miles: $3000 for a loose diamond on Blue Nile (1/$1 plus 1/$1)
7500 miles: $2500 dress from David’s Bridal (2/$1 plus 1/$1)
3000 miles: $1000 in bridesmaids’ dresses from David’s Bridal (2/$1 plus 1/$1)
1000 miles: $250 dress for rehearsal dinner from macys.com (3/$1 plus 1/$1)
2400 miles: $600 of shoes from macys.com (for the whole bridal party) (3/$1 plus 1/$1)
1400 miles: $350 tux from macys.com (3/$1 plus 1/$1)
That right there is about 35,000 miles, which is almost enough to go to Hawaii and more than enough to go within the US. (Or if you’re honeymooning in January, it’s enough to get to Europe!)
So after that, factor in all your online shopping, normal expenses put on that debit card, and purchases out in the real-world, you’ll rack up enough for the next flight in no time. (Or, if you’re willing to go the credit card route, you’ll be able to go anywhere because those have mad perks.)