There are days I like points and then there are days I LOVE points. Yesterday was one of those days. Even though I blog partially for a living, and can write a lot of travel due to this, I still always try to use points wherever I can (I am a frugal kinda guy).
Also, maybe if you see how I think, plan, and book, maybe you will look at what you could do as well to save a few bucks when traveling. You do have to be a bit flexible, but the savings can be big!
Every year BoardingArea has a little conference called “BAcon” that is Boarding Area Conference for the “team” and that part is covered by HOM that is “House of Miles” the parent company Randy Petersen runs. But I wanted to spend some extra time in Vegas as both Lisa & I will be going and she has never been there and I have only been there for a few hours on a mileage run.
How to get there, as nice as possible, and stay there, as nice as possible but also as frugally as possible. The first part was air. I would have burned points, but need some expense to write the trip off. I used one of my two BOGOF 1st class certs from my Delta Reserve AMEX card (the other one I used for my Hawaii positioning trip). I got an acceptable price for 1st class from SBN airport to Las Vegas.
Then on to where to stay PRE-BAcon? I wanted some place nice but free if possible. Enter The Intercontinental Palazzo! This place looks amazing and I can not wait to visit. Now I was not a fan of the $279 per night price. However, this was a great use of both Lisa & my 1 night FREE cert I got from our Chase IHG cards (note: not my link). The $49 per year annual fee has really paid for itself this year not to mention all the other perks this card gives me. Plus, if you had the old VISA branded card, you should be able to get the 60,000 points again as it is now a MasterCard from Chase and should be viewed as a new card again.
Then after BAcon before we fly home I needed a few more nights but am out of high end points. Enter the La Quinta near the LAS airport. I happened to have a bunch of free points from the silly little spin and win game both Lisa & I played each day last year. So, we get two nights free after the event. Sweet!
Finally I wanted to stay near the airport as our departure is around lunch time. So, before the flight, some quality time at the AMEX Centurion Lounge in LAS thanks to my The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN myself and Lisa can get free access. This one does not have a spa like the DFW one but is still very nice (MJ on Travel & I were there on a mileage run before).
I am stoked. Most of us points enthusiasts love travel but to travel in style, at a very affordable price – that is what points are all about to me! – René