User Success Story: Chase Ultimate Rewards Redeemed for Flights to Hawaii

What better way to celebrate 30 years of marriage than a trip to Hawaii? The only thing we can think of is a trip to Hawaii using points and saving almost $2,000 on flights!

Karen and Scott came to RewardStock in November of 2017 ready to plan a trip. They did not have a set destination in mind and used RewardStock to search possible trips to Australia and Hawaii; ultimately, setting their sights on Kauai.

Take a look at what Karen and Scott have to say about using RewardStock to plan an unforgettable trip!

“I became interested in RewardStock after reading about it on Facebook. We contacted RewardStock to get more detailed information on how we could save money on our upcoming 30th anniversary trip. In the past, we have typically shied away from using credit cards except on rare occasions, but RewardStock explained the huge savings we could have if we would sign up for certain cards. Hud (Director of User Success) told us to sign up on the RewardStock website, and how the site would show us the most beneficial credit cards to collect travel rewards. The website is very user friendly and it was simple to register an account. We were advised to sign up for Chase credit cards which we did immediately and began accruing points.

The timing was good as it was near the holidays so we ran all of our Christmas shopping, households bills, and our daughter’s college spring tuition and study abroad fees through the cards. We continued putting most of our purchases on the cards for several more months, and of course would pay off the balances on each card every month. Even though we got a rather late start on earning points for our vacation which was only 7 months away, we were still able to accumulate quite a bit with the sign up bonus on both cards. We used the points and converted them to roundtrip airfare for both of our tickets to Kauai.  

Karen and Scott enjoying a wonderful vacation in Kauai

Karen and Scott enjoying their wonderful vacation in Kauai!

The savings on our tickets really helped our budget for our 10 day stay in Poipu, Kauai. We were able to rent an oceanfront 2 bedroom condo and a car so we were able to drive from one end of the island to the other exploring every quaint town and beautiful beach. Our oldest daughter flew along, and our youngest daughter, who had spent the previous 5 1/2 months studying abroad in Australia, also joined us there for a wonderful reunion and the most incredible vacation we have ever had! We enjoyed snorkeling, swimming, visiting Waimea Canyon, watching the sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals, eating at amazing restaurants, trying out every shave ice stand we could find, and enjoying the most beautiful sunsets every night! It was truly a dream vacation, and we are so glad we found RewardStock and saved so much money!!”

Trip Details and Reward Points Breakdown

Like many of our users, Karen and Scott came to RewardStock with low point balances. So, the first step was to create a point earning goal. RewardStock’s technology recommended for them both to begin with the Chase Sapphire Preferred. This is one of the best cards for beginners because the points are flexible and very valuable. From hotels to airlines, here’s a full list of Chase Ultimate Rewards redemption partners that you can use your points with for travel.

In order to double the sign up bonuses, Karen and Scott each got their own Chase Sapphire Preferred card. When we talk to couples, this is one big eye opener. Each of them can get their own card and double the number of points for the sign up bonus. Another recommendation for couples opening multiple cards is to stagger these applications. This ensures they can both meet the minimum spend requirements to get the bonus points. By April, they earned all the points they needed to complete their plan. Karen and Scott booked their flights with Ultimate Reward Points through the Chase Travel Portal – saving $1,800!

Once you take your first trip with points, it’s hard to go back to paying cash for flights. Travel hacking tip: if you pay cash for your flights, be sure to use your travel card to earn points. We are looking forward to see where Karen and Scott go next with points!

How have you used points to save money on travel? Send us an email at to share your experience using points and you could be featured as our next User Success Story! If you’re just getting started with reward travel, be sure to check out The Ultimate Guide to Reward Travel to learn more about the basic concepts!

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