Planning a trip to Hawaii

Yesterday, a premium subscriber called with a question about the best way to plan his Hawaii trip. Since it was going to be a long/involved conversation, he agreed to do it on camera so others could “listen in” too. It turned out to be a pretty fun/productive one so I’m sharing it here.

No time to watch all 67 minutes? Highlights are listed below.

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  • 1:00: Planning a trip to Hawaii to visit daughter for birthday
  • 4:10: Value of points with specific airline vs with Chase, Citi, or Amex.
  • 6:10: Free resources to get the most out of your miles.
  • 7:20: Why points should always be as a last resort
  • 11:25: How Michelle & I flew to Hawaii for $22 and 25,000 points each (vs $51 and 50,000 points each)
  • 15:40: Finding deals so cheap you wouldn’t waste the points on them.
  • 17:00: Teaser about a hack to get the Southwest Companion pass
  • 17:40: Teaser about getting out of debt in a fraction of the time
  • 19:30: Deciding whether or not to keep a credit card after using the miles earned from it.
  • 21:30: Why cards from Chase bank should be among your first 5 credit cards.
  • 22:20: Why the $450/year Chase card is far better than the $95/year Chase card.
  • 24:00: Long demo of Award Hacker & how to use
  • 33:40: Discussion of RewardStock (and even better version of AwardHacker)
  • 36:00: backup plan #2 – finding trips that are better trips than redeeming points using your JGOOT subscription
  • 40:00: How to watch for good deals on your own without being a JGOOT premium subscribers
  • 43:05: Why you should bundle lodging/car reservations at same time you book the flight.
  • 45:00 – 52:00: Misc banter about navigating the JGOOT site. (Feel free to skip)
  • 52:30: Where to go & stay in Kauai (Including the only resort we would go back to in Kauai)
  • 55:50: Napali Coast Hike (an absolute must)
  • 57:00: Avoiding a disappointing boat ride (Do the Napali coast. don’t do the 90-minute each way island snorkel tour.)
  • 59:30: Misc things to do on the South side of the island
  • 1:02: Teaser about power of getting Southwest’s companion pass if you’re self-employed
  • 1:06:50 – Wrap-up with Chad’s thoughts on his JGOOT subscription and advice to future subscribers

 

JGOOT Subscriber story: “Flights so cheap we got to bring the grandparents!”

Nikki Sandschaper and her husband are both school teachers – which might seem great for vacations, but considering the only time teachers can travel is during peak seasons, that can get pricey quick.

In this interview we talked about one of their JGOOT-inspired trips where they not only went over the most expensive week of the year, but they were able to take their parents too.

Don’t have 20 minutes to watch the interview? Skip to the parts that interest below.

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Intro: Meet Nikki

0:55: “We like experiences over things”

1:35: First “adult” New Year’s eve in years thanks to grandparents watching kids.

2:10: How to just grab the cheap flight & use AirBnB to accommodate all 5 of us.

4:55: Recommendations on how to “get your feet wet” with international travel.

6:00: Using JGOOT as inspiration for finding your next vacation destination.

7:00: Nikki’s favorite feature of JGOOT – finding affordable trips when school is out (which is normally peak/expensive season)

9:00: Adjusting dates to find dates that work for you.

13:40: Discussion point: Rather than Planning to take a trip and hoping to get a good deal – Find a good deal, and plan around those dates.

14:00: Why you need to be watching for deals LONG before you plan on taking a trip.

15:00: How to get friends & family to visit you for $30 to $100 round-trip (Demonstration of reverse-search feature)

18:00-18:40 – Technical difficulties

18:45: Closing advice from Nikki: Why it’s great to subscribe even if you’re not planning a trip soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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