How I Flew for Free: Tokyo to New York After a Two-Year Backpacking Trip

Rosemarie ClancyFeb 1, 2019

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Deanna Troy Henry is a YouTuber who backpacked throughout Southeast Asia and Australia for two years with her boyfriend. When it was time to head home, they booked their return flight from Tokyo to New York completely with Chase Ultimate Rewards® points.

Name: Deanna Troy Henry Age: 27 Occupation: Residence: Newington, Connecticut Credit card:

Route: Narita International Airport - Tokyo to John F. Kennedy International Airport - New York Dates of travel: Aug. 18 - 19, 2018 Airline: Air India Class of service: Economy

A: We did not visit a lounge.

A: I traveled with my boyfriend, Cedric McDougal. This specific flight was our final flight home from our backpacking trip around Southeast Asia and Australia. We decided to go on this journey because we were both transitioning careers, and wanted to see the world before making our next professional step.

A: I used earned from the .

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A: We had a joint account with this credit card for three and a half years.

A: Cedric brought up the idea of backpacking in early 2016. At first, I was reluctant. But then I realized that was the perfect time in our lives to do it because we were transitioning careers, and we had no children or property. We planned and saved for a one-year backpacking trip for about six months. When we were abroad we decided to extend the trip for another year.

A: During our two-year trip we sublet our fully furnished apartment. We knew that we wouldn’t be able to do this for another year, and we had to come home in August 2018 to move out. Since we knew the date, we planned this flight just a month beforehand.

A: This card has double points for restaurants and travel-related purchases. Chase also has great travel redemption options and the ability to transfer points to miles on partner airlines.

A: Just over 100,000 points.

A: There was a 50,000 point sign-up bonus that greatly contributed to our total point count. The current welcome bonus is as follows:

A: We booked this flight through the Chase Ultimate Rewards® website.

A: No.

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We just got back home from living abroad for two years so, for now, we are visiting our families in Connecticut and will be moving back to Boston in the beginning of 2019. While home, I’m going to continue producing movies on my YouTube channel with the footage I have stored from our trip.

I asked Cedric what our next travel goal should be and he said, “Maybe a honeymoon?”

We’ll see what the future holds!

Photos by YouTuber: Deanna Troy Travels

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