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GOAL: 7 Free one-way tickets from Ontario to Japan by September 2017. It’s an ambitious goal and an experiment in travel hacking for large families.

METHOD: Mainly reward miles earned through credit card sign-up bonuses.  Also credit card purchases and miles earned on flights.

COST PER TICKET: roughly $520 Cdn to purchase OR 37 500 Aeroplan points OR 5 580 blue Airmiles (low season)

BASELINE AT JAN 1, 2016:

SUMMARY

  • 1 free flight (Ontario – Japan)

FAHBIO

  • 67 326 Aeroplan points

SWMBO

  • 0 Aeroplan points
  • 4719 blue Airmiles points

Keeping organized with my credit card hacking is important. I have to make sure to meet the minimum first 3 month spend and to remember to cancel cards before the first year is up if I decide the annual fee is not worth it.

Beginning May 1, 2016, I will post a monthly update on where we’re at.  When you see a big jump from last month, you can bet a credit card sign-up bonus is involved.  To get the details, please see my frequently updated credit card tracker .

MAY 1, 2016

SUMMARY

  • 4 free flights (Ontario – Japan), almost 1 free flight earned per month

FAHBIO

  • 90 133 Aeroplan points

SWMBO

  • 19 609 Aeroplan points
  • 7 679 blue Airmiles points
  • 32 614 AMEX reward points*

*AMEX points can be used as a travel credit (100 points = $1) or transferred to Avios (British Airways) or Aeroplan (Air Canada) 1:1.