The title spells it all out. We booked paid business class flights for two people from Europe to Tokyo (not using miles), on an award winning airline and grabbed four nights at a five star hotel, which runs $622 a night, all for the price of a single economy ticket to Tokyo and some points. The funny part is that we didn’t even do anything that cool, people do this stuff every day.Β The point is that the advice shared on this site adds up to free travel and occasionally a great “win” is the perfect way to explain how it all adds up…

We Booked Two Paid Business Class Tickets From Amsterdam To Tokyo On Qatar Airways Five Star Business Class For $1280, No Miles Used…

Qatar Airways ran their annual “travel festival” in January, which is the largest of their many amazing sales throughout the year. For a span of THREE HOURS they were offering $640 round trip business class tickets to Tokyo’s brilliant Haneda Airport. By following the Flyertalk Premium Fare forum, which we’ve many times suggested readers do, we were able to get in while it lasted and also share this deal to readers who follow us on Facebook or have us added to their RSS feed or page catcher to view our real time updates. Snooze = lose.

Then 25,000 Hyatt Points Per Night For A $622 Room…

Hyatt has an extremely friendly and lucrative loyalty program. For starters there are no blackout dates to use your points.Β Second, it’s just 25,000 points per night for any of their finest hotels, many of which run $500 per night and up. That’s two cents per point of value, or more if used well, but who’s counting. We booked the Andaz Tokyo, set in Toranomon Hills for 25,000 points per night using our Chase Sapphire Reserve bonus, which is a way we’ve suggested people with Chase Points maximize their value. Rooms for most of the year fetch $622 per night… or just 25,000 points.

So We Paid 100,000 Points And $1280 For An UNBELIEVABLE Vacation And Will Earn Tons Of Miles Plus Elite Status…

Airlines have changed the system so that you’ll earn LESS miles than ever flying in economy and MORE miles than ever flying in business or first class. On these business tickets we’ll earn a minimum of 32,000 miles round trip, enough for a free future short haul flight for two people in economy anywhere in the world. On top of that, the flights put us nearly at elite airline status (which we already have) from a single round trip. Between two people it’s not hard to come up with 100,000 points. In fact a single sign up per person to the Chase Sapphire Preferred would get you the free nights, or perhaps each grabbing the Hyatt credit card in the US, which comes with two free nights anywhere!

The Takeaway Here…

Everyday we strive to provide you with actionable info to positively affect your future travels. You may not presently care about Hyatt points, or consider yourself someone who might purchase a business class ticket, but crazy things happen and the more you know about where to look for deals, how best to use points and how to earn them frequently, the more you’ll prosper. We are living proof that you can elevate your travel without changing your income, you’ll just need to learn, learn, learn some more and become an active reader and participant. I barely ever stay at Hiltons, but I know everything about their points, just in case there may be a day when it makes sense to stay in one…