We have not posted in a while since we were enjoying the hot summer in California last week! We traveled for a total of 8 days, flew a total of 5338 miles, ate a total of 4 hamburgers, and spent less than an average week’s worth of rent in San Francisco.
The first flight we took was to San Francisco with a connection in LAX.
This is part of our Open Book series, you can start here if you did not read our first post.
We are in June and it is time for our mid-year assessment. We have been tracking our income and spending for years and since we discovered the whole concept of financial independence, we started tracking our savings rate. The amazing thing is; the more we can increase our savings rate, the faster we can claim our financial freedom.
Last weekend, we went to New York City to unwind and discover the Big Apple. It was a great way to forget about our daily routines and enjoy the high-pace of the city. A few weeks before our trip, we planned a few activities and booked our hotel with SPG reward points. We booked a hotel in Midtown (Time Square) for $325 a night but we actually paid a total of $0.00 for our whole stay.
In the year of 2016, we optimized our spending and coordinated multiple credit card applications to maximize our travel rewards. Over the year, we applied for multiple TD cards, each a CIBC card, multiple American Express cards (including two Starwood Preferred Guest cards to stay at hotels for free), and an MBNA Alaska Airline card each. (Using these affiliate links will give you a bigger welcome bonus or cash back.