Hold on, clean your glasses…
Please reread the title again because you read that right!
There are no gimmicks to provide here just some details of how my husband and I were able to spend five days and four nights in Cancun, Mexico for only $386.00. I haven’t worked since January 20th, so we knew that we needed to travel extra smart. Hubby starting researching and came up with this trip, and when I heard the price… I cried.
(Book hubby for your travel needs, he knows his stuff and will book you a great trip)
Loyalty is king! Keep that in your mind during this post.
Many companies have loyalty programs because it is a guaranteed method to encourage return customers. What do the customers receive you may ask? Well…there are rewards, upgrades, and a variety of amenities. When you’re asked to sign up for the loyalty program at a business, lean more towards “yes,” than “no.”
Here are the details: There is a local bank, Suntrust, that offers points with Delta Airlines for use of your debit card. Not a credit card, but everyday purchases with your bank card. While there is a credit card option that yields a greater accumulation of points, we opted for the debit card option. Occasionally, there are additional points when you enroll during their recruiting season. Our sign-on bonus was 30,000 points per person.
Points for the debit card are accumulated per dollar spent. That means every purchase, the groceries, paying at the gas pump, paying for bills, anytime that you use the debit card you earn points. And that we did!!!
Moving on to stay: About three years ago Jeff and I enrolled in the Hyatt loyalty program. Prior to that we were Marriott Platinum, which yielded amazing benefits. There are credit cards to boost loyalty levels with hotels as well. But we accumulated our status from a variety of stays over time. A major suggestion is to identify a brand that would give the desired status with minimal work. Many brands have a points to cash offer that can help balance the actual cost of various stays. Overtime specials will be offered to accentuate the rate of gaining free stays.
So you ask, how did we gain this trip at such a low cost? Loyalty!! We have accumulated points through Delta and Hyatt for about three years now. Every year, We normally get enough Delta points, to redeem for two round trip tickets. The Delta round-trip tickets from our local airport, which normally costs a kidney, costs 45,000 delta points each.
And Hyatt has had our loyalty for the last three years, but since changes to their reward program, we have decided to go back to Marriott/SPG. We are now in a challenge for Platinum. More details on that later. The Hyatt Ziva is 25,000 points per night. So we used 100,000 points for the stay. Of course, this drained our Hyatt point stash, but that was the intention, since we are now going back to Marriott.
Companies appreciate it and as customers, so do we! The stellar customer service and VIP treatment is out of this world! Of course it never hurts to request upgrades and tip where appropriate. When we added up the taxes for our airline tickets in addition to the room upgrade cost, to the Turquoize Adult Only tower at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, for our stay, our only out of pocket expense was $386.00.
Yup an all-inclusive vacation for under $400.
If you have the itch to see the world with class, find a brand and join their program. The perks will reward you!
Until next time,