How you can get 17 nights in South Africa for $120

17 nights in South Africa for C$120? It’s too good to be true, there’s a catch for sure… is what I would normally assume as well myself.

My dad always said: “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is” and this has been good advice 99% of the time!

But he said that for everything except for travel rewards, so that saying is absolutely wrong this time (this is the 1%). I used this hotel trick myself, hundreds of Canadians also used it… and it works.

Welcome to the wonderful world of “travel hacking“.

A hack is an uncommon trick that isn’t widely known but is super useful, and this sure fits the bill. Travel hacking is essentially the art of maximizing reward programs and taking advantage of credit card companies’ marketing strategies for customer acquisition.

Cool, right? And yes, before you ask, they offer these rewards because this is a win for them too (if it weren’t, they wouldn’t do it) and is completely legitimate. I’ve been doing it for the past 10 years.

And before you start thinking that these 17 nights in South Africa for $120 will have you sleeping in sketchy run-down places, let me show you some of the hotels included in this offer.

Here are pictures of some of the actual hotels you can book with this deal:

Not too bad, right?

So you’re probably wondering how this works.

It’s simple: you’ll use the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card’s Welcome Bonus to its fullest, squeezing every single dollar’s worth of hotel rooms out of it.

Maximizing the Welcome Bonus like a pro, like we did.

We decided that everyone should know about this amazing hack, so we created a super simple step by step guide to help you have an amazing trip to South Africa like we did!

Here are the steps:


Step 1

Get approved for the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
All you need is a good credit score, there's no minimum income required!

Step 2

Reach the minimum spend amount of $1,500 in the first 3 months
This might seem like a lot, but with our tips it's relatively easy to achieve.

Step 3

Receive your 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points Welcome Bonus
If you and your travel partner both do this hack, that's 100,000 points, enough for 17 nights in Marriott Category 1 hotels all around South Africa (or many other countries)! Check this link for a map of the Marriott hotels

Step 4 (optional)

Join our travel rewards mailing list and get our detailed guide to make this whole process as easy as it gets!
We are putting together awesome resources that are easy to follow and help you get the most out of your Marriott Bonvoy Points.