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The other day we looked at how a couple could apply for 1 card each and have enough points for 2 coach tickets to Disney World and 5 nights hotel stay.
Today let’s see how a couple can get 1 Starwood card each and 1 American Airlines or US Air card between the two of them and have enough points for a Hawaiian vacation!
Nights & Flights
Through September 3, 2013, you get an extra 5,000 points per card (compared to the normal offer of 25,000 points) with the Starwood 30,000 point personal and 30,000 point business card after spending $5,000 within 6 months.
Nights & Flights is a great redemption for long category 3 and 4 hotel stays.
5 free hotel nights AND 50,000 airline miles will cost you:
This may seem like a lot of Starwood points, but remember that you will get 35,000 Starwood points (30,000 from the sign-up bonus and 5,000 for the minimum spending) with either the personal or business Starwood card once you complete the minimum spending requirements.
Don’t forget that you can transfer Starwood points for free (as long as you share the same address), so your partner could apply for 1 card and you could apply for 1 card and you’d have 70,000 Starwood points!
$5,000 in 6 months may seem like a lot of spending, but it is $833 a month. Don’t forget that you can put virtually any expense on a credit card.
You have to book Nights & Flights awards on the phone because they can’t be booked online. Just call Starwood hotels at 888-625-4988 and tell them that you want to book a “Nights & Flights” award. They will book the hotel for you and transfer 50,000 miles to your selected airline.
You then have to use miles from your airline account to book your flights to get to Hawaii.
50,000 American Airlines or US Air miles will usually get you 2 coach round-trip tickets within the US, but you need more miles to go to Hawaii.
Starwood transfers the 50,000 miles to your airline account (and you have to redeem your air miles for travel), so you can get another 50,000 miles with the Citi American Airlines card or 35,000 US Air miles with the Barclays US Air card.
That way 3 cards should be more than enough for 2 people to fly to Hawaii AND get 5 nights in a hotel!
An off-peak coach award to Hawaii, on American Airlines costs:
- 35,000 miles round-trip on an off-peak award
- 45,000 miles round-trip for a peak MileSAAver award
- 60,000 miles round-trip for a MileSAAver business class award
A round-trip coach award to Hawaii on US Air (or flying on their Star Alliance partner United) costs:
- 40,000 miles round-trip in coach
- 60,000 miles in First Class
If you’re on the West Coast, transferring Starwood points to British Airways Avios could be better because it is only:
- 25,000 Avios round-trip in coach on a non-stop American Airlines or Alaska flight from Los Angeles, San Jose, or Seattle to Kona
- 50,000 Avios round-trip in business class on a non-stop American Airlines or Alaska flight from Los Angeles, San Jose, or Seattle to Kona if the flight offers First Class, Business Class, and Coach (otherwise it is 75,000 Avios round-trip)
Note that, once the airline miles are in your account, you can use them in any way you want. So you can use them to top off for a flight to Hawaii or combine them with your existing miles to fly in business or first class if you wanted.
It costs $2,097 for 2 coach round-trip tickets from New York to Kona.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa At Keauhou Bay
Link: Sheraton Kona
The Sheraton Kona is on the Kona side of the Big Island.
You could stay 5 nights at the Sheraton in Kona and would pay $268 a night or $1,341 for 5 nights including taxes.
The total retail cost of flights for 2 and 5 nights at the sheraton in Kona costs $3,438 ($2,097 for 2 coach tickets to Kona + $1,341 for 5 Nights at the Sheraton Kona Hotel).
Or you can use Nights and Flights and pay 70,000 Starwood points in addition to using the miles from the 50,000 point American Airlines card or the 35,000 mile US Air card.
Just call Starwood to book a “Nights & Flights” award and they will book 5 nights in the Sheraton for you and transfer 50,000 miles to your selected airline account. Once you have enough miles in your airline account, you can book your flights to Hawaii!
Some folks don’t like signing-up for lots of credit cards, but 1 Starwood card for you and your partner and another Citi American Airlines or US Air card can get you and your partner enough points for 2 flights to Hawaii and 5 nights at the Sheraton in Kona!
Don’t forget that you can transfer Starwood hotel points for free to anyone who shares the same address with you.