Testimonial: Curaçao as a family with points

To the point Find out how Viviane saved $5630 on her trip for three to Curaçao with credit card reward points and loyalty programs.

Through a series of testimonials from our readers, Milesopedia presents what you can achieve with credit cards and loyalty programs.

Here’s Viviane and her family’s plan for a trip to Curaçao, and the savings she’s made with her reward points.

Viviane's testimonial - Who are you?

I’m 35 and have been a loyal Milesopedia reader since 2018.

With my partner and my child, I like to travel in many different ways. We are open to opportunities with points and follow our family’s wishes. We’re interested in the whole world!


Viviane - Your travel project with points : Curaçao

We traveled as a family with my partner, our toddler and a baby on the way. I was pregnant on that trip.

During the 2021-2022 holiday season, we visited the island of Curaçao for 15 days. We did a combination of hiking, gastronomy and a very intense tour to explore more than twenty of Curaçao‘s thirty beaches.



Our three round-trip plane tickets were paid for entirely with Aeroplan points. We paid 77,000 points and $387 in taxes for these Montreal-Curaçao flights on Air Canada.

Transportation savings

The market value of the tickets when I bought them was about $1,000 each. So we saved over $2,600 on our flights by booking with Aeroplan points.


By using three different types of points, we were able to fully cover the cost of accommodation. We used points:

Here’s a summary of our reservations and savings:

Accomodation name Number of nights Number and type of points used Money saved
Bed & Bike Hostel Jan Thiel 2 40,000 RBC Avion Rewards $400
Airbnb 7 125,000 HSBC Rewards $615
Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort 5 160,000 Marriott Bonvoy $1,800

As we booked the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort with points, we took advantage of the 5th night free offer. This tip saved us even more money!

Savings on accommodation

In total, our savings on the hotel and our Airbnb came to $2,815.

Activities and other

To cover certain expenses such as tips, resort fees and drinks, we used HSBC Rewards points. We earned a $125 statement credit by redeeming 25,000 points.


Testimonial - Credit cards used

In order to accumulate all these points, my partner lent me a hand. We have each signed up for the following credit cards:

Credit card Accumulation period Number of points used Points redemption method
TD Visa Infinite* CardMD AeroplanMD x2 3 months 77,000 Aeroplan points Flight booking
RBC Avion Visa Infinite Card x2 3 months 40,000 RBC Avion Rewards points Statement credit
American Express Cobalt® Card x2 12 months 134,000 Membership Rewards points Transfer to Marriott Bonvoy
HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® x2 6 months 125,000 HSBC Rewards points Statement credit

The benefits

With our credit cards, we offer many additional travel benefits, such as

Tips to help you save more

The hunt for points may seem complex, but I didn’t use any special tricks.

Organization and patience alone can work wonders.

The Milesopedia beginner’s guide is also a goldmine of information for familiarizing yourself with the accumulation and use of reward points:


The portion of our trip where we saved the most money was lodging, with 14 free nights valued at $2,815. Here is a breakdown of the amounts saved in each category:

Grand total 5 630 $
Type of expense Savings
Transportation $2,600
Accommodation 2 815 $
Other $215

To save big on travel, you need to be flexible and diversify your rewards programs. In total, we used five different programs:


The final word

Since that trip, I’ve continued the hunt for points and signed up for other credit cards. If I could keep only one card in my wallet right now, it would be the National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard®.

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