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.
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.
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.
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+.
Total Savings: $900+
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?