First flight booked! Flying across Canada for $22

First Flight Booked

Wow, I can’t believe it, I booked my first flight of the trip! And it’s a scary 42 days away?! Eek! So excited and so nervous at the same time.

This is the first flight of a big trip I’ll be taking in January 2014 which will eventually get me to my dream destination of Australia. Instead of going straight there, I want to hit a few places along the way, plus build up a bit of suspense (I’m a sucker for punishment). First I’ll be visiting my very good friends for some much-needed catch up time in Vancouver. I’ll be there for about a week, and then I think I’ll make another pit stop in the States before heading over to Oceania. Still need to decide on that one, but I’m really leaning towards it! More to come.

So, wondering how I got a $22 flight? Credit card points. I would just like to mention that I’m definitely not a travel hacker. In fact, this is my first time trying something like this, and I gotta say, I love it! I first heard of travel hacking from the Art of Non-Conformity website. Although a lot of the travel hacking tips on there are geared toward American credit cards, it inspired me to go searching for some Canadian deals that might be out there. That’s when I came across the BMO Elite Mastercard.

This card offers 30,000 points on sign up ($300 in free travel) and it’s free for the first year. I applied about 2 months ago, so it took about 2 weeks to get the card and then another month or so until I got my statement with the free points on it. As soon as I saw those points I booked my flight. If I had of booked about 3 weeks earlier, the flight would have been free, but I was grateful to get across the country for a mere $22. It also allows you four free passes into airport VIP lounges. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of that!

Now that I’ve experienced a (mostly) free flight, I think I’ll go searching for some others. Have quite a few more flights to book!