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Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Airline, Amex Business Gold Rewards, Amex Gold Delta, Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines | 0 comments

Bachelor Party Flight Back Home

Despite being married for almost three months now, I still find myself very in tune with the wedding industry and many aspects of wedding planning. Lots of our friends are getting married in the near future. In fact, my best friend is getting married in April 2014, and we’ll both be flying home to the Midwest this weekend for his bachelor party. Using airline miles and points, we were both able to fly for free, and that’s the beauty of using airline miles whether you are getting married or simply involved in a lot of weddings.

 

Free Flight with Barclays Arrival

I booked part of my bachelor party flight from New York on Travelocity and since Travelocity charges are considered a travel expense, I was able to redeem my Barclays Arrival bonus miles. As you can see, the flight costs $149.80 but because I have the Barclays Arrival credit card and its signup bonus of 44,000 miles, I was able to redeem 15,000 of those miles and get the flight for free. FYI, I’m flying United Airlines and the reason I didn’t buy the ticket from United was because I went through a cash back portal for Travelocity, and you should too!

 

Travelocity flight cost for this weekend's bachelor party

Travelocity flight cost for this weekend’s bachelor party

Barclays Arrival miles redeemed for this weekend's bachelor party flight

Barclays Arrival miles redeemed for this weekend’s bachelor party flight

 

Free Flight with Delta SkyMiles

My friend’s bachelor party flight, on the other hand, departs from Raleigh-Durham. Since it’s a smaller airport, the plane tickets can become quite expensive. For expensive tickets, I recommend using airline miles since the value of each mile isn’t fixed and in this case, we used Delta SkyMiles. When I looked for tickets in September, prices were $420+, but I was able to redeem 32,500 Delta SkyMiles and pay a tiny tax of $10 instead.

 

Redeeming Delta SkyMiles for an expensive bachelor party flight

Redeeming Delta SkyMiles for an expensive bachelor party flight

 

You can easily obtain Delta SkyMiles via the American Express Gold Delta credit card or the American Express Business Gold Rewards credit card, which earns American Express Membership Rewards points. You can then transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into your Delta SkyMiles account whenever you need as I did in the above example.

 

To apply for the credit cards discussed and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

To apply for the credit cards discussed in this post and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

 

The Main Point

Bachelor parties and bachelor party flights in particular can be pricey. But if you open the right credit cards and use the proper airline miles and points, you can pay next to nothing. But the main point here isn’t about how much money you’ll save, which is a bonus of course. The main point of airline miles and points is to create unforgettable memories that may not have been possible due to high costs.

My best friend and I live in different cities, and we spend a lot of our time with our spouse/future spouse and involved in our careers. So when we do get a chance to reunite and play Mafia, shoot some hoops, and have a BBQ, we’ll make the most of it.

 

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