How Wedding Expenses Paid for Their Tickets to Ireland

Rosemarie ClancyAug 13, 2019

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Caitlin Plunkett pays for almost everything with her credit cards, but charges for her wedding reception last year added a ton of points to her Chase Ultimate Rewards® program balance. It was enough to cover round-trip tickets for her and her new husband to get to the Emerald Isle.

Name: Caitlin Plunkett Age: 35 Occupation: Cyber underwriting product manager Home: New York City Card/loyalty program: I’ve been a cardholder for 2.5 years

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I use my for all of my dining and travel expenses. My husband and I were able to save points for this trip extra quickly by using this card to pay for our restaurant-based wedding reception.


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Flight info: Aer Lingus flights EI 110 and EI 111 Dates of travel: Oct. 18 - 22, 2018 Class of flight: Round-trip economy seats for both myself and my husband. We maximized points and saved money by flying economy! Total points or miles used: 70,370 Chase Ultimate Rewards® points

Booked through booking portal. No surprises or hassles. I also used points to book a rental car for the trip to explore beautiful Connemara.

I took advantage of to speed through US Immigration while still in Shannon. It’s so exciting that it’s possible to use Global Entry in Ireland. I typically use my Priority Pass for lounge access (a card benefit), but didn’t have the opportunity on these flights.

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The card's annual fee is , but it’s still 100% worth it if you use your card for all dining and travel expenses (even Lyfts and taxis count) and allocate all your points for travel.

I like to use points frequently, instead of trying to save hundreds of thousands of points for a massive trip. I end up with free travel opportunities every few months!

I’m enjoying U.S. domestic travel lately, so I used Chase Ultimate Rewards® points to book a hotel stay in Philadelphia in June and flights to Portland, Oregon, in July. I’m planning a trip to Japan in the fall — hopefully I’ll have points saved up for that flight soon!

Use your cards for the right expenses. I use the for travel and the for groceries and household costs. This helps to strategically maximize points value.

Photo by Caitlin Plunkett.

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