How SHE Traveled to Seattle & Portland for One Dollar

I love saving money and I love traveling. I’m obsessed with planning travel itineraries and then researching travel deals to see how much that I could save.

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AIRLINE, HOTEL AND RENTAL CAR POINTS

I travel for work and I travel for pleasure and I make sure that I do not book a flight, reserve a hotel room or rent a car unless I am earning loyalty points.I have mileage memberships with every airline I have ever flown. The same goes for hotels, I book almost exclusively all my room nights with Hotels.com. Every ten nights booked with them equals one free room night later.  Mom’s Mother’s Day flowers? I order them through Southwest Airlines partnership with 1-800-Flowers. I was awarded 1000 miles for my loyalty. Rental car? Gift baskets at Christmas time? I don’t put down my credit card unless I’m somehow being rewarded.

My Solo Trip to Seattle and Portland

I decided to take an impromptu trip to the Pacific Northwest. First I looked through all my mileage memberships and found that I had enough points to take the trip for nearly free.

My point breakdown and trip budget broke down as follows:

Los Angels to Seattle on Delta: $5.00 – Enough miles for a free trip and only paid taxes.

Seattle hotel: $0 – I had previously earned a free room night  from Hotels.com.

Seattle to Portland on Amtrak: $0 – I had enough Amtrak points for a free one-way  train ride.

Portland to Los Angeles on Southwest: $5.00 – I had enough miles for a free one-way trip back home and only paid taxes.

In Portland I stayed with a good friend and thus did not have to pay for any lodging.

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     A Sweet Treat at Pike’s Place

I had an awesome solo trip to Seattle. The weather in June was lovely. I stayed in a central hotel which allowed me to walk the city at a leisurely place. The train ride to Portland was comfortable and offered beautiful views.

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Washington from the Amtrak window.

So folks, when you go to book that next flight or search for that next hotel room or book that next rental car take a moment and fill out those membership forms!

You can reward yourself with a vacation later.

 

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