How to Get Free Airfare for a Round Trip to Hawaii (Including 3 nights hotel stay at the Hilton Waikoloa Village)
As of 6/5/13, check for other offers here
Here is what you need to do to get a free trip to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
- Airfare: Apply for the Citi AAdvantage Visa Signature (This link is dead, see above for other offers)
- Hotel: Apply for the Virgin Atlantic American Express card (3 nights hotel)
Airfare: Apply for the Citi AAdvantage Visa Signature which will give you 50,000 miles after $2,500 spend in 4 months (annual fee: $85, waived for first 12 months). When you click on the link, it’s the application only, won’t have the detail but it works for people before.
The lowest cost for a round trip on American Airline from any US city to Hawaii is 35,000 points since this is off peak season, so book early as soon you get the points so you can lock in the rate. Citi was pretty good at this, I got my points in about 2.5 months since having the card (and met the spending requirements). You can always go to www.aa.com to check on how much points you will need.
If you’ve a business (such as freelancing), and want to get another 30,000 points, check out my other post to apply for the business card.
- 20,000 bonus miles after your first purchase
- 25,000 additional bonus miles after you spend at least $2,500 in qualifying purchases in the first 90 days
- 15,000 Anniversary bonus miles after qualifying purchases–you get 7,500 miles by spending $15,000 within the year, and 7,500 more if you hit a threshold of $25,000 in spend
- 5,000 bonus miles when adding two additional Card members
- $90 annual fee not waived
Before you apply for the card, if you don’t have a free membership with Virgin Atlantic, head over to their Flying Club to apply for a free membership number.
If you’re not a big spender, you will probably get 50,000 points (for 20,000 after first purchase, 25,000 after spending $2,500 in the first 90 days, and 5000 total after adding 2 authorize users). You can then transfer your Virgin Atlantic points to Hilton points for 1:2 ratio, this will get you 100,000 Hilton points.
As of 5.26.13, to get DELUXE OCEANVIEW 1 KING BED WITH LANAI (see image section at the bottom of this post) for 3 nights (check in 27 Sep 2013 – check out 29 Sep 2013), you will need 100,152 Hilton points – 100,000 points = 152 points which you can purchase for about $1.52. To learn more about this card, the Point Guy has more explanation.
If you want to stay for longer, you might want to consider applying for other cards to get more Hilton points.
For the 2 cards, you will need to spend $1458/month for the first 3 months on these 2 cards. In the 4th month, you will need to spend $625/month. If you can pay rent with credit card or try to use them on all your purchases, you might be able to meet the spending requirements with no issue. But if it’s still too much, ask your friends and family to help you out. You will need to add 2 authorize users on the Virgin Atlantic card, you can add your family members to help out. This card also has an annual fee of $90 so after you complete the trip, you can cancel the card.
Also, cancel the Citi AAdvantage Visa Signature card before the first 12 months end to avoid paying the annual free of $85.
- $20 round trip tax and fee when you redeem your American Airline points for ticket (if you book within 21 days before departure, they charge $75 extra)
- $90 annual fee of the Virgin Atlantic American Express card
- $1.52 to purchase Hilton points
- $75 resort fee for the Hilton Waikoloa Village (Daily Resort Charge of $25 plus tax per room, per night will be added to room rate and includes; Internet/Wi-Fi access; Local & Toll Free Calls; Hula, Lei Making, & Ukulele Lessons; Play Station 3 w-Unlimited Movies/Games; 20% disc. on Lagoon Beach Toy Rentals & 10% disc. on Cruises Ocean Sports.)