Are you in the credit rewards game?? We asked around and got some tips from savvy credit card gamers. Check out how users have paid for vacations, their wedding and more below! Have your own tips?? Share them in the comments!

Gaming for the Jet Set Lifestyle

My boyfriend and I love to travel internationally. We are able to do so through a strategic combination of saving, flight tracking, credit card points, and hotel points. A careful combination of these strategies, enable you to save tremendously on your future vacations.

We’ve included a couple of our recommendations below:


  • We use a combination of and Qapital to track our spending habits and save for future trips.

Flight Tracking

  • The “Discover Destinations” feature of Google Flights: Allows you to view prices of upcoming flights world-wide! Once you find your desired flight, you are able to select “Track Prices” and Google will email you when prices go up or down.
  • Hopper (available on iOS or Android) is another must-have. Hopper uses an algorithm to accurately predict future flight prices. Letting you know whether you should buy now or wait.

Credit Card Points

  • AMEX Platinum Card ($550 Annual Fee)
    • 5X Points on Flight and Hotels.
    • $200 Airline Fee Credit.
    • $200 in Uber Credits.
    • Centurion Lounge and Priority Pass Lounge Network Access.
    • Elite Status with Hilton and Starwood (Starwood status is matched by Marriott).
    • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit.
    • Unlimited access to Wi-Fi hotspots at airports.
    • American Express Concierge.
    • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Marriott Rewards Card ($85 Annual Fee)
    • 5 points per dollar spent at Marriott Rewards or SPG hotels.
    • 2 points per dollar spent on airline tickets, and on car rentals and restaurants.
    • 1 point on all other purchases.
    • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card (Prime Membership Required)
    • 5% Cashback at
    • 2% Cashback at Restaurants, Gas Stations, and Drugstores
    • 1% on all other purchases.
    • No foreign transaction fees.

Hotel Points

  • We typically stay at Marriott properties to accrue points. Now that Marriott has merged with Starwood, Marriott has a very large selection of hotels to choose from. Whether you’re visiting a small town or a world-class city.

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