Trip Report: A Trip To Seattle For Less Than $35
This report covers the cost for hotels, airfare, and ground transportation. Not for dining, activities and other expenses.
Usually, Rodalyn is never off on the weekends. However, this month she miraculously was given a 4 day weekend from Saturday-Tuesday. We decided to take advantage of the situation and planned a spontaneous trip to Seattle. It has been on our bucket list for quite some time and we felt it was finally time to knock it off our list. Here is a breakdown of what our cash out of pocket cost were and points/miles.
Outbound route: SJC – SEA (Southwest Airlines)
Inbound route: SEA– SJC (Southwest Airlines)
Hotel: Grand Hyatt Seattle (3 nights)
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Southwest Airlines = 14,183 points + 22.40 (Companion Pass taxes/fees included)
We took advantage of Southwest Airlines since San Jose International Airport (SJC) is a Southwest hub and we had the companion pass to go along with our points. All Southwest flights will route through SEA as that is Seattle’s hub for Southwest. We only used 14,183 RR miles + $22.40 (Companion Pass Fees + taxes/fees included) for our flights.
I was able to find flights from SJC-SEA easily using Southwest’s search engine. You will definitely need to be flexible in your times because low award flights are very limited when it comes to finding availability. For an example Southwest will definitely charge more miles if flying on weekends or during holiday travel.
There are other airlines to take advantage of and they will be lucrative if you don’t have the companion pass. One other airline that you may take advantage of is British Airways.
British Airways Avios = 9,000 to 20,000 avios + taxes/fees (Anywhere in US)
For British Airways Avios you would need to redeem these flights on American Airlines or Alaska Airlines, a travel partner of BA. My favorite hidden route from the Bay Area is Santa Rosa (STS-SEA) which puts it under the 4,500 avios one way award distance band or 9,000 roundtrip.
For my hotel of choice would be Hyatt. The reason why I choose Hyatt over any other hotels is because how easily I can replenish my Hyatt points with my Chase cards. Hyatt is a transfer partner of chase so card like the Chase Freedom, [eafl id=”1906″ name=”Chase Sapphire Preferred” text=”Chase Sapphire Preferred”], and Chase Ink, will get you Hyatt points. Additionally, besides Starwood Properties, Hyatt has one of the best hotel redemptions for their properties. For an example a top tier Hyatt would only cost 30,000 points per night compared with Marriott which takes 45,000 points a night.
For our choices we had a selection of 4 Hyatts; Grand Hyatt Seattle, Hyatt at Olive 8, Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown, and Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown. The hotel cost per night was 12,000 -15,000 points a night. We eventually decided to go with Grand Hyatt Seattle (15,000 a night) since it was the closest to the link rail. We didn’t want to walk far carrying around our luggage. Here’s my review on the hotel. If I was to do it over again. I think I would have chosen the Hyatt at Olive 8 for our next stay.
When it comes to saving. I’m a stickler to saving as much as I can even if it means using public transportation. I researched that to get from the aiport to downtown Seattle you can take the link rail which was only $3 one way. We ended up saving a ton of money by simply riding the link rail and then walking around from place to place. Once you are downtown you can easily walk your favorite sites.
*I would greatly appreciate it if you use my link above if you are interested in getting any of the card used for this trip. The links are my Chase refer a friend link that gives me 5,000 ultimate rewards if you are approved. The ones offered here is the best offer that Chase is offering. I will never promote anything that is not the best offer on the market.*