The rules were: find something as cheap as possible, preferably leaving New Years Eve.
In less than 37 hours (at, cough, 6am) I’ll be on a plane to Baja California. In 40 hours K will be on a different plane. Then we will meet again. You see, we found an (almost) free vacation! I had enough miles in my Delta account for a free flight and she had enough miles in her Continental account. So, we can’t fly together, but we land within an hour of each other (she got a later, direct flight, lucky her) and then we’ll go spend a week at our free resort on the beach (compliments of K’s hotel points).
Also, with K’s oh-la-la elite hotel status, we’ve been upgraded to the club level which means free buffet breakfast every morning and free happy hour and appetizers from 5-7pm everyday. So, with our Christmas money ($900) we’ve rented a car for the week, decided to go diving a couple of times, do some kayaking and snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez and we’ll take a boat out to go whale watching as it’s the perfect season for the migration.
It would be great if we don’t spend any of our ‘own’ money, but the food is really expensive in Cabo and we may want to splurge on a few meals, though I’m fine siting on a beach eating tacos til the end of time.
I’ll only have to use three vacation days and it will be incredible to spend a week in the sun pretending that I’m not looking IVF straight on. We both wish our bodies were a bit more bikini ready, but it is what it is. Must remember to get bikini wax during lunch hour tomorrow or else we are going to have a SITC ‘situation’!
Packing up tonight…cat sitter is staying at our house for the week..life is good.
My wife leaves me every week, but the payoff is good. We’ll be in Mexico by early afternoon Wednesday and plan to spend the day on the beach and the evening dancing in the New Year!
- Cancun–free flights with miles and free hotel, but…I hate Cancun. I love going further south, but Starwood has no properties outside of Cancun. Plus, I’ve been to the Yucatan 4 times already.
- St. Maarten/St. Martin–flights are super cheap right now $238 RT and K had a week’s worth of hotel points. BUT no club floor at the hotel and everything is in Euro’s = tres expensive.
- Aruba–flights are also $238 and we could have a free hotel for a week, but…it’s Aruba. There are beautiful beaches, yeah, but there are all those casinos. I’m not a gambler.
- Skiing Out West–again amazing airfares, but my ski bum knee hasn’t been properly conditioned and I’ve slacked off my PT exercises. I’m afraid if I pushed it I’d be hobbling around again. Plus, K needs new ski equipment and we would’ve only had 1 day to get everything. Lastly, trying to talk me into a cold weather vacation while I’m freezing at my mother-in-law’s is not a good idea.