How I Did It: An Inexpensive Weekend In Cancun For $88

Last week, I posted a travel report about my friend and I spending a weekend in Cancun.

Towards the bottom of the post, I mentioned it was $88 total for the entire trip.

Have you wondered how it was so cheap?

Well, it’s simple! With credit card points and alternate travel, of course!

In this post, I am going to be detailing what I did and how I did it to book an inexpensive weekend getaway to Cancun for only $88!


For the Hotel, we stayed at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun, an all-inclusive hotel located on the widest stretch of beach in Zona Hotalera, the Hotel Zone of Cancun. It is an adults-only resort where you can experience traditional Mexican warmth in an intimate setting on the Caribbean Sea.

Hyatt Zilara Cancun

In order to get our hotel stays for free, I applied for the Chase Hyatt Credit Card, which had a promotion of two free nights after spending $2,000.

The cool thing about the two free night award is that it could be applied to any Hyatt Hotel property.

Yes, even the cool and awesome luxury hotels in metropolitan cities like the Park Hyatt New York or Park Hyatt Sydney.

In order to use the two free nights, a reservation through phone or by online was required.

I decided to book over the phone because I wanted to double check if there were availability for the dates my friend and I wanted to go, and luckily, there was.

In total, this redemption saved us around $1600+ as our two free nights award redemption got us an Ocean View junior Suite King, which is rated at about $800+ a night.

$800+ a night?! That’s crazy!

Total Savings: $1600+


For our flights, I had used the “alternate travel” method that I mentioned a while back in my Around the World for Free series.

Related: Around the World for Free – Part 2: Alternate Travel and How to Use it to Your Advantage

For those who don’t know what alternate travel is, it is when instead of traveling home, you travel to a different location to have a fun getaway before heading back to work.

This is usually applicable to you if you travel often for work and not for those who don’t.

For us, I was able to use alternate travel to book both of our tickets through my employer.

Performing “alternate travel” allowed us to save a total of $900+.

$1,000 isn’t actually so bad if you’re flying from San Francisco to Cancun.
But flying for free is even better!

Total Savings: $900+


Little van to drive us to paradise!

For transportation, we only needed to get from Cancun Airport to the hotel and after reading a multitude of reviews online, we decided to go with DiscoveryMundo, an online travel marketplace for destinations in Mexico.

We booked a “transfer” (as they call it) for $88, where a van will pick us up and take us to our hotel.

It isn’t the most luxurious option, but it was definitely one of the cheaper ones.

You also don’t get ripped off by taxi drivers this way too!

Total Savings: $0 (not sure how much it would have been with a taxi, but I sure wish we could’ve booked this with points)


In total, for our short weekend getaway in Cancun, we saved a total of $2500+!

We did have to use $88, but it sure is better than spending $2588+.

How about you guys? Have you guys used points to save on trips recently? Where and how did you do it?

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6 thoughts on “How I Did It: An Inexpensive Weekend In Cancun For $88

  • July 3, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Wooooowza! Great job with the travel hacking, my friend! I do have to say $88 for a weekend in Cancun ain’t too shabby. 😉 Some of the higher end hotels even offer free shuttles to the airport, but I guess it depends on where you’re staying.

    • July 4, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks, Mrs. Picky Pincher!

      Cancun was pretty fun and $88 was definitely a steal for it.

      The hotel we stayed at did offer a shuttle to the airport, but it wasn’t free. If I remember correctly, it was about $100 one way… or maybe it was round-trip.

  • July 3, 2017 at 10:23 am

    The hotel alone was worth getting the card and spending $2k! That’s some serious travel hacking – I was proud of myself for getting a $600, two person round trip flight covered from my last credit card rewards points hacking, but you win! 🙂

    • July 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Haha, there are other people out there who scored awesome redemptions as well!

      The best one I’ve heard of is a first class ticket worth $20k+ redeemed with only 100,000 points.

  • July 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Man, you’re a traveling genius! I’m living in Playa del Carmen, like 45 min from Cancún and I don’t know if I could’ve made such a deal going to Cancún.

    We (my brother and I) don’t have a car yet.

    • July 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Yeah, it was a great deal for us!

      Hopefully you get a car soon, so you can explore around the area and maybe even farther!


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