How To Get a $1200 Air Ticket for Less than Half

How To Get a $1200 Air Ticket for Less than HalfI assure you that this is not a gimmick, and perhaps many of my savvy wine lover travelers are already aware of this technique. But if this is news for you, then I think you’ll find it very interesting.

I’ve received several comments from potential tour participants that the rising cost of air tickets has frightened them from coming on one of our tours. In some cases the air represents 50% of the land cost. It never used to be this way.

But one of our participants in our upcoming Fall tour to Tuscany has shared how she was able to get her Alitalia ticket originally priced at $1185 for only $549. She has a Chase VISA Sapphire card on which she accumulates 1 point for every dollar spent and 2 points for restaurant and travel charges. She bought her ticket with her Chase card, charging the full $1185 and within 90 days, she had accumulated  63,600 points and was able to get a credit of $636 on her following month’s statement. If she had more points, she could have received an even bigger credit.

Chase Sapphire Preferred CardI now have a Chase Sapphire card and I encourage all serious air travelers to get one. There are so many other benefits such as no conversion costs when you use your card abroad and a bonus for signing up.

I would like to point out that I receive no financial consideration from Chase. I just think it’s a great solution to mitigate the higher cost of flying. Don’t pay cash any more and pay your credit card bill in full each month to avoid interest costs. Before you know it, you’ll have enough points to get your ticket for a fraction of the original cost. This may inspire you to join us on one of our tours sooner than later.

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  • Lyndon Luhmann says:

    Dear Vin: I just got around to reading this article. Very interesting. However, I don’t think most of us can afford to spend about $63,600 in 3 months time! What did she do, buy a Mercedes with her credit card? Thanks for the tip anyway.

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