Our upcoming Kaua'i mantra and nada yoga retreat is already very affordable... family-style accommodation options, local rental cars from me & my friends, and simply delicious Ayurvedic food is included in the price.
Getting to & from the island is also a significant expense though, but I have good news for you!
If you're a person who can pay their credit card bill on time and in full each month, signing up for credit card bonuses is a great way to rack up more than enough bonus points for a round trip to Hawai'i.
If you will be travelling from the United States, and can fly Southwest airlines to Lihue, the Southwest Companion Pass is worth looking into!
I've been travel hacking for as long as I can remember, but I recently listened to a podcast update on it (since the cards change, and taking advantage of the best offers is always changing too). Look up ChooseFI podcast and search for Travel Hacking Update 2022.) It inspired me to get on the Southwest airlines very generous, flexible bonus train and I'd love to share the FIRE with you!
If you and a friend want to fly to Kaua'i for very little, here's what do to:
The trick to timing travel hacking is:
Other ideas to meet your minimum spend without spending any extra money would be:
If you took action soon, it's possible to get your bonuses posted to your account in plenty of time to use those miles to book your Southwest reward flight to Lihue, plus fly your companion with you for free! (As of posting, a round-trip flight LAX to LIH uses only about 50,000 points, so after getting 130,000 in bonus points from those two cards you'd have plenty left over for other adventures or our next Kaua'i mantra and nada yoga retreat TBA in 2024!)
Here are some numbers for you to see how it'd work:
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Personal card = 50,000 miles bonus
Minimum spend is only $1000, which you'd meet by purchasing the $1095 Kaua'i mantra and nada yoga retreat OR the lodging + car (which you can share with a friend) on that card.
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Business card = 80,000 miles bonus
Minimum spend is $5000, which you'd make a dent in by purchasing the $3240 Kauai Retreat + 200hr Teacher Training package deal (or $4690 if you go for the 500hr Package Deal!) OR the lodging + car (which you can share with a friend) on that card. Remember, both package deals also save you $500 on the training too!
That's 130,000 miles towards your 135,000 requirement to get the Companion Pass (which is good for the remainder of the year plus ALL OF NEXT YEAR!) To quickly get the extra 5,000 miles, you can shop deals on rapidrewardsshopping. I'm going to buy some summer surf & adventure gear on backcountry and get 5X points per dollar myself!
We hope to see you real soon on Kaua'i!
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