My #1 Tip for Cheap Airfare
to the Caribbean

Cheap airfare to the Caribbean? Is it possible?

Flying to the Caribbean can get very expensive. Especially if you go during the peak season. So how do we get cheap flights?

Note: DO NOT follow this advice or read any further if you do not pay off your credit card in full every month. This card charges a high interest rate.


So the amount you would have to pay in interest would probably end up being more than the money you saved on a flight. Repeat...Do not follow this advice if you do not pay off your credit card every month.

If you should not use this card, here are my other tips for getting cheap airfare.

My #1 Tip

Get a Capital One Venture Rewards Card.

It is that simple.

I used to use and recommend Citi American Airlines AAdvantage card because American Airlines used to be the major airline in the Caribbean.

However with flights being cut back and my recent experiences trying to redeem miles, I have switched cards.

We were trying to use our miles to fly to Grenada and the routing had us taking 2 days to get there. No thanks. We are not going halfway around the world here. Just to the Caribbean from NY.

That was the last straw for me and I decided to look around for other cards that would help me get cheap airfare to the Caribbean.

With the Capital One Venture card, I love the fact that you are not tied to any particular airline and you can use it to pay for any travel expense - not just airlines. You can use it for hotels, car rentals, etc. and more.

Planes flying over beach on St. Martin

Watching the planes land in St. Martin in the Caribbean. It is a trip!

Here are some of the major features of the Capital One Ventures card:

  • 2 points for every dollar spent
  • Ease of Booking - you can book directly with Capital one, directly with the airlines, or on any other site. What I like is you can buy your ticket and then redeem your points to get a credit on your statement for up to 3 months after purchase. So I can shop around for the best price, pay and then get my money back.
  • No Blackouts - Because you use the card just like any other normal credit card, there are no restrictions on purchases
  • Airline Flexibility - Unlike my previous recommendation, this card has no airline affiliation so you can book your flight on any airline. With the cutbacks in service and the appearance of new airlines in the Caribbean market, this card you great flexibility.
  • No Cap on the points you can earn
  • Points Don't Expire
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees - This is a huge one for me. Most cards charge a 3% fee on foreign transactions and this can add up quickly. In fact, I used to have a different Capital One card that I used when traveling so I didn't incur a 3% charge.

This card does have a $59 annual fee but the fee is waived for the first year.

You can also earn a one-time bonus of 10,000 miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months. This is equal to $100 in credit.

I also like the way the redemption system works. To figure out how many points it would take to pay for an airfare, just add two zeros to the price.

So say, for instance, that the flight cost $900, the total number of points needed to purchase this ticket would be 90,000.

But don't forget, you are getting 2 points for every dollar spent. So you can earn that cheap airfare to the Caribbean even faster.

In fact, when we were looking into a flight recently it cost $856. To purchase this ticket on my old card, it would have cost me 35,000 - 50,000 miles depending on the flights I took. So I would have had to charge $35,000 or $50,000 to book the flight.

With the Capital One Venture card, I would have to charge $42,800 to have the points for this flight ($856 x 100 = 85,600/2 = 42,800). This is competitive plus I have the option of booking with any airline and on any flight.

It is more than worth it to me.

It is good to have miles, but if I can't redeem them what good are they? Citi and American have lost my business as far as charge cards go. There is no cheap airfare to the Caribbean if you can't book a reasonable flight schedule.

What about you? Do you use a credit card to earn free flights? Which one do you use? Please share in the comments section below.



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