Final Planning In Place for our Transatlantic Journey

Months ago I posted that we purchased transatlantic cruise tickets as an action towards our interest in doing some sort of international extended vacation. I haven’t posted much since, but there has been plenty of activity so I wanted to summarize the rest of the trip.

Given we were satisfied with the 14day cruise as the major component of our trip, we basically just tacked on a couple days in Madrid and Panama to explore a bit and get us the best deals on the flights. We signed up for 2 British Airways credit cards to take advantage of their 100,000 airline mile promotion on each card. In the end we were able to arrange for our flights using the miles on just 1 card and plan to save the miles on the other card for a future opportunity.

Major Travel Components


Other Credit or Expense

Cruise tickets, taxes + fees

$ 819

$200 OBSC included

BA Chase Card annual fee

$ 95


BA Chase Card annual fee (2nd card)

$ 95


2 1-way flights from NC to Madrid using BA miles

$ 430

60k BA miles plus taxes,fees

2 1-way flights from Madrid to Palma using BA miles

$ 56

9k BA miles plus taxes,fees

2 1-way flights from Panama to NC using BA miles

$ 120

34k BA miles plus taxes,fees

Palma hotel for 1 night on Orbitz

$ 77

Used 'orbtiz5' code to get 5% off

Madrid hotel for 2 nights


60k Hilton HHonors Points

Wyndam Garden hotel in Panama City for 2 nights


30.5k United Miles


$ 1,692


We have really been able to leverage the recent credit card promotion and our existing frequent flyer points to minimize our initial out of pocket expenses for the trip. I’m hoping we can carry that forward once our journey is underway.

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Comments (2)

Wow 2million, sounds like a great and fun trip! You deserve it. Let us know how it goes.

as a financial planner I am very impressed how frugal you are planning to meet your goals. well done! If you ever make it to Australia, we should create an event for you to talk about your experiences live

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