How I saved thousands of dollars for a 2 week vacation in San Francisco area in airfare and hotels using miles and points!
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I am going to show you how I rolled for a new adventure in the summer of 2017…
This is very unusual for us as we always travel abroad. But, because our son is now working as a summer intern in Sunnyvale, California for the summer, we decided to do a trip to the San Francisco Bay area instead. 13 nights total.
So, here is what travel hacking is all about:
3 Round Trips direct flights Detroit DTW – San Francisco SFO 20,000 Delta Skymiles each for a total of 60,000 Skymiles (25,500 minus 5,500 delay compensation)
Night #1: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport for 12,000 World of Hyatt points
Night #2: Intercontinental San Francisco using a Visa free night cert
Night #3 & #4: Fairmont San Francisco using one Visa free night and one Platinum complimentary night. Confirmed Suite
Night #5-9, #13: Country Inn & Suites in Sunnyvale for 44,000 Club Carlson points per night for a total of 264,000 Club Carlson points for 6 nights
Night #10: Fairmont Berkeley Claremont Club & Spa for a cash rate of $279 per night, all paid by Fairmont gift cards obtained by Fairmont Visa points redemption
Night #11: Intercontinental The Clement Monterey using a Visa free night cert
Night #12: Hyatt Carmel Highlands Monterey for 25,000 World of Hyatt points in a suite as Guest of Honor of a Globalist elite
Hertz Full Size Car for 8 days $248.08 using Autoslash.com (down from initial price of $482.45 & about 10 automatic price reductions) Pay out of pocket, sad!
Very thankful for Delta Skymiles. Oh wait, did I just say that? Finding three tickets at our preferred dates and times just turned out to be splendid!
My initial plan was to use one of my two free Fairmont night at the Berkeley Claremont Club & Spa property. And use nights #2 and #3 at the Category 4 Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. But availability using one free Hyatt Visa night and another one with World of Hyatt points just never meant to be as it was always sold out one of these two nights. Therefore, I decided to burn a free IHG Rewards night at the Intercontinental San Francisco and then moving on to the Fairmont for two nights by moving my free Visa night from the Claremont and then getting a cash rate for that property (paid in gift cards, come on!). So, three hotels in four nights in San Francisco may be a bit too much for some of you but it’s just fine for us and much better than going four for four 🙂
We have tickets to the night Alcatraz tour. Must book way in advance!
Of course we will spend some time at the Amex Centurion Club in the SFO airport. Update: Not convenient if you fly Delta! Spent time in the Delta Sky Club instead.
I have Five Star elite status with Hertz, going for that convertible free upgrade you guys :-). Update: I earned 463 Hertz points.
I earned 750 Club Carlson points in a combination of providing feedback and Gold amenity bonuses.
I earned Hyatt points on the breakfast which showed up in the folio but was deducted at check out, hooray!
I earned 600 “Welcome Point Bonus” in one of the free Visa IHG stays.
I could have done the pricing on these hotels and show you how much dough we get to save…but I need to pack. Let me just say it was A LOT!
Hooray for the Club Carlson points that came though in a big way again in a very expensive hotel area #winning
Son’s apartment is 1.1 miles away from our hotel in Sunnyvale. We get to do laundry. For freeeee! #winning
And I leave you with this…
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