Archive for April, 2017

Best Free Hotel Ever

April 13th, 2017, 12:02am by Jake

This was a scheme a full year in the works. Last year, we went on a family vacation to Hawaii & stayed at a resort Jen visited since she was little. And reminisced about another resort, the Mauna Kea. Old school Big Island resort, the kind where people once flew to Oahu, then Hilo, then drove on a dirt road across the island to take in the amazing beach resort. Seriously amazing. My photos don’t do it justice. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

So the Mauna Kea we thought was independent. But turns out they have a deal with Marriott of some kind, and it’s eligible for reward points & stays. Normally $500/night, it was 40,000 Marriott points/ night. 5th night free, so that’s 160,000 points. What would any rational churner do? Find the branded credit card! I got 80,000 points, already had 40,000 sitting in my account and spent most of the next 6 months earning those next 40,000 points. Really awesome, no way I could have stayed there otherwise.

To cut to the Chase, they are now offering a 100,000 point sign-up bonus. Plus 7500 points for adding an authorized user. That’s 2/3 of the way to an amazing stay! Plus, if you sign up with my link, I score 10,000 bonus points, which will help me get back there in 3-4 years.

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