For quite some time, we have been captivated by Saint Lucia’s beautiful landscape and it’s iconic landmarks – the Pitons. Saint Lucia offers such breathtaking views that it makes it almost impossible to not fall in love with the island and even more impossible to not quickly add it to your never ending list of ‘must visit destinations’. So that’s exactly what we did and now we are looking forward to finally crossing it off our bucket list!
Flights to Saint Lucia – Initial Research
The first thing we always research when planning our next trip is obviously the cost of flights. As we already have a big trip planned during the first half of the year, keeping the cost of the entire trip as reasonable as possible was a big determinant in deciding if it was possible for us to visit Saint Lucia now or put it off for a later time. To figure out how much a flight to Saint Lucia would cost, the first step is to determine when is the best time to visit Saint Lucia. To do this, we performed a quick and simple Google search!
Now that we know our travel dates, our next step was to search Google Flights to evaluate how much flights were. Even though it is a short flight from Miami, about 3.5 hours, a roundtrip flight was still set us back about $1,000 for the both of us.
Evaluating Other Options
Before we decide whether we should book a flight with cash, we always like to evaluate whether we would be better off utilizing any airline miles or credit card points we have saved up. The first step in our evaluation process is determining how many miles we would need in order to book the flights we had in mind. In searching American Airlines, we noted that for the travel date selected we would need approximately 15,000 miles each way per person.
After figuring out how many airline miles the trip will cost, we consider how many credit card points we could use – we like to save our airline miles for booking international travel (as these have historically been our best redemptions). One travel tip we have learned over the years, is that credit card points are more valuable when transferred to airline and/or hotel partners instead of redeeming them for gift cards or statement credits. Jackie recently took advantage of a promotion being offered for the American Express Gold card (mainly Jackie just wanted to get the limited edition rose gold American Express card) which earned her 25,000 American Express membership reward points after meeting a minimum spend of $3,000 in the first three months of the account opening. American Express has great travel transfer partners and one of them happens to be British Airways (which is part of Oneworld Alliance along with American Airlines)!
Per the American Express Rewards portal, 1,000 American Express Reward points translates to 1,000 British Airways Airline Avios. As such, I transferred 20,000 American Express Reward points to British Airways. The transfer immediately occurred and my British Airways account was updated to credited 20,000 Avios.
Shortly after we logged into our British Airways account and proceeded to book our flights!
Success! We were able to book our flights to Saint Lucia, roundtrip, for a total of $241.02 for both of us ($120.51 plus 20,000 Avios per person)! This resulted in a total savings of $763.44. Definitely cant’t beat this deal and now it allows us to splurge a little bit on our lodging!
We hope you find these travel tips useful and hopefully it will help you check off another bucket list destination while saving money at the same time! We can’t wait to blog about our trip to Saint Lucia in the near future so stay tuned for that. Happy Travels!