Here's How This Guy Took a $52,000 Trip Around the World for $400

Here's How This Guy Took a $52,000 Trip Around the World for $400

He scored the ultimate trip for 99 percent off (and theoretically you could too).

By Bryce Gruber

Houston-based attorney and sometimes blogger, Daniel Gillaspia, took the trip of a lifetime and managed to get it for a head-spinning 99 percent off the going rate. For a trip that should have cost $52,000, he ponied up a scant $400 or so for the entire trip, and made stops from Tokyo to South Africa, all in seriously high style.

If you're wondering how he did it — of course you are! — well, that's the best part. He just got really, really smart about how and where he was spending his cash. He meticulously studied uber-insider blogs like The Points Guy and figured out how to quickly rack up about a million air miles through various programs.

"I spent months learning everything I could about travel hacking and eventually started to put my own plans in motion for an aspirational round-the-world trip," he told Business Insider. (Meticulous research, studying, and planning — how very lawerly!)

He managed to score business-class seats on Singapore Airlines from Los Angeles to Tokyo (for two!) for $68 instead of the regular $4,000-plus price tag.

He didn't stop there, though, because he and his partner, Bradley, also stayed entirely free in a deluxe room at the Intercontinental Tokyo Bay hotel for two nights. If you're wondering, guests normally dish out about $500 a night there. He explained his hotel-room-scoring joy in his very detailed and drool-worthy blog post on Upon Arriving.

"We did take advantage of a few select loopholes that were offered at the time," Gillaspia said of his magical million-points rack up. "But it mostly came down to a lot of planning to make sure we were strategically signing up for credit cards with the best sign-up bonuses."

That means just about anyone can hack their way to free flights and hotels at a minimum, but obviously a trip around the world with lie-flat plane beds is the gold standard. Well done indeed.

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