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The ultimate Outlander trip with points and miles

Nov. 16, 2019
10 min read
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Raise your hand if you've heard of Outlander. Anyone? I'm guessing the hand of every woman in America went up, because this wildly popular book series and TV show features one of the most compelling and enduring love stories around.

Of course, there's more to the series than that, including incredible history, phenomenal scenery and just enough action to make my dad sit on the couch and watch it too. If you're an Outlander fan and have been dying to follow in Jamie and Claire's footsteps, buckle up and hold on, because we're about to get you there using points and miles.

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Hoping I fall through the stones at Craigh Na Dun. (Photo by Carissa Rawson/The Points Guy).

Award flights to Scotland

We're in luck here as Outlander takes place in Scotland and most of the TV show was filmed there (even for scenes based in America), so we just need to get to the UK in order to begin our journey. London is a huge hub and a short hop from Edinburgh, so that's where we'll start.

Related: The best ways to get to Europe using points and miles

Here are a couple of examples of how you can use points and miles to get to Scotland:

Once in London, you can either fly to Edinburgh via British Airways for just a few thousand Avios, or simply hop the train north. You could pay for your train ticket with a card like the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, then redeem rewards to erase the cost of your fare.

Hotels in Scotland

Edinburgh

We're traveling to three different locations across Scotland, beginning with its capital: Edinburgh. My favorite city in the world, Edinburgh is the home of many different filming locations for the series, including Alexander Malcolm's print shop from season three of the show, located in Bakehouse Close. Though there aren't any hotels directly related to Outlander, you've still got a couple of good options, including the Holyrood Aparthotel, which is just around the corner from the Close:

Photo courtesy of Starz.
(Photo courtesy of Starz.)

You can book this hotel via the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal for under 5,000 points per night:

Or, if you've got some IHG points laying around, the Holiday Inn Express- Royal Mile is nearby and phenomenally located in the middle of Old Town Edinburgh.

(Photo courtesy of IHG.)

It'll run you 40,000 points a night, achievable via the sign-up bonus from the IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card (125,000 bonus points plus a Reward Night after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening).

Related: The best hotel credit cards

Falkland

Falkland is a village north of Edinburgh that serves as Inverness in the TV series. Even better, the bed and breakfast located in this small village was the site of filming for the very first episode of Outlander, in which Jamie looks up and sees Claire in a window — and you can book it with points!

Photo courtesy of The Covenanter.
(Photo courtesy of The Covenanter.)

The Covenanter is a must-do for Outlander fans and can be found on Chase's travel portal.

Culloden

The Highlands are a truly wild place, but one location in particular stands out for Outlander fans: Culloden battlefield, where Jamie and Claire were forced to part. Requisitioned by the real Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, the Culloden House Hotel is stunning:

(Photo courtesy of Culloden House Hotel.)

You can book it with either American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards points on their respective websites, though note that you'll need to spend twice as many points with Amex:

Related: TPG visits the Scottish countryside and reviews the Gleneagles Hotel

Things to do

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is chock-full of Outlander filming locations, all of which are free to visit, including The Signet Library, Summerhall, Bakehouse Close, Holyrood Palace and Tweeddale Court.

Photo courtesy of the city of Edinburgh.
The Signet Library played the governor's mansion in Jamaica. (Photo courtesy of the city of Edinburgh.)

Day trips from Edinburgh explore other locations, including Castle Leoch, Cranesmuir, Wentworth Prison, Fort William and even Lallybroch.

Photo courtesy of Starz.
(Photo courtesy of Starz.)

All of these are bookable with Chase Ultimate Rewards:

Falkland

The main draw for Falkland is Mrs. Baird's Bed & Breakfast (known in real life as The Covenanter), where you can recreate the iconic fountain scene between Jamie and Claire:

The Bruce Fountain. (Photo courtesy of Canmore.)

There's also the Falkland Palace, which is run by the National Trust for Scotland and featured as an apothecary in the show. Tickets are 13 pounds ($16) and while it’s not possible to purchase these tickets using points on a bank portal, you can use cash back earned with cards like the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card (which also earns 4% cash back on entertainment) or the Chase Freedom Unlimited (which earns 1.5% back on purchases) to offset the cost of your tickets. The information for the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Falkland Palace and Gardens. (Photo courtesy of the National Trust for Scotland.)

Otherwise, you can wander around the city, which functioned as Inverness for the first two seasons of the show.

Related: The best cash back credit cards

Culloden

Though there's not much to do at Culloden other than, well, see Culloden, there are tours that will take you around the rest of the Highlands. Do it all together: Head to the battlefield to check out Clan Fraser's stone and walk the location that marked the end of the Jacobite rebellion before heading off to see the standing stones and Beauty Priory, where Claire had her fortune read by the seer Maisri.

You can book tours with points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel portal:

Bottom line

Outlander continues to grow in popularity — with no end in sight. Do yourself a favor and visit the sites to experience the wild beauty of Scotland for yourself. You can do it at a fraction of the cost with points and miles from the best travel rewards credit cards.

Featured image by Photo by Carissa Rawson/The Points Guy.
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases