Maximize Your Points And Miles With These Four Beach Vacations
The sun on your back. The sand between your toes. The cool caress of the water as it melts your cares away. There’s nothing quite like an oceanfront vacation for rest and relaxation, so the last thing you want to do is stress about the cost. Here are four beach destinations that allow you to soak up the sun without getting soaked on hotel costs, flights, and fun.
1. Aruba | IHG Points
Late-summer travelers love Aruba for its Caribbean location outside the hurricane belt and for the fact that the affordable Holiday Inn Resort: Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino is located right on the beach. Rooms start at 40,000 IHG points per night. From Dallas, American Airlines passengers can find connecting flights to Aruba for as little as 25,000 miles round trip, and Southwest passengers flying from Boston could snag a round trip as low as 23,000 Rapid Rewards points (most dates start around 46,000 points).
2. San Juan, Puerto Rico | Bank Of America Points
The historic, boutique-style Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan (built about 350 years ago) puts you close to the charming cobblestone streets and colonial structures of Castillo San Felipe del Morro. You’ll also be just a few miles from the sun-dappled, beckoning beach. Bank of America Rewards members can find rooms starting at about 28,000 points per night. In terms of miles, you can get there from Baltimore on Southwest Airlines starting at 31,000 Rapid Rewards points round trip.
3. Mauritius | Hilton Honors
Take to the skies and find yourself close to heaven at the Mauritius Resort & Spa, located in the Indian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. Bright blue oceans and gorgeous green mountains define the island’s beauty. But take note: even with points, paradise doesn’t come without a price: Rooms start at around 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night. Departing from New York’s Kennedy International Airport you can find connecting flights on Air France for approximately 90,000 Flying Blue miles; from Los Angeles, a few award seats can be found on British Airways for upwards of 100,000 Avios round trip.
4. Kauai | Marriott Bonvoy Points
It could be one of the top rewards redemption deals under the sun: Sheraton Kauai Resort, rising up from the sand at Poipu Beach. The Bonvoy rewards program ranks this destination as a Category 5 redemption, which means rooms start at 35,000 per night. From your perch in paradise, you can enjoy boat tours of the Napali Coast, golf at some of the fabulous golf courses, or hike the Waimea Canyon. Use American Airlines AAdvantage miles on nonstop flights from San Francisco to Lihue Airport starting at around 45,000 miles round trip.