Enhancing a Trip with Plastic

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Next week, we depart for a week-long stay in Cancun, Mexico! In late 2014, Alaska Airlines added nonstop flights to Cancun from Seattle; making it one of the more luxurious itineraries available. We also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stay at one of Hyatt’s newer properties in the area which opened around the same time.

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First Class on Alaska Airlines feature five inches of recline, a complimentary selection of fine wines and a meal, as well as entertainment players.

This trip took some planning, but we were each able to secure our airfare for just the cost of the fees ($75.00) after redeeming 60,000 miles in exchange for roundtrip, nonstop, First Class tickets! These same pair of tickets would have cost us nearly $2,500 otherwise.

As for the miles, they’re easily attainable through Alaska’s 25,000 mile bonus upon approval. For the bold: We had some luck explaining to the bank our desire to separate transactions. This resulted in us being approved, and receiving the bonus miles, for multiple cards.

Hyatt Zilara is an adults-only Montego Bay all-inclusive resort with luxury suites, and exceptional dining and bars.
Hyatt Zilara is an adults-only Montego Bay all-inclusive resort with luxury suites, and exceptional dining and bars.

Hyatt is one of our favorite hotel groups, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to stay at Zilara which opened in late 2014. Surrounded by beach, Zilara requires its guests to be 18+ as well as to partake in the all-inclusive package which includes all the food, beer and premium liquor your heart could desire. And thanks to our Hyatt credit card (which carries Platinum Member status), we expect to receive a room upgrade upon arriving.

It doesn’t get better than Cancun, until you enhance it with plastic.