Introduction: Over The Hill In Costa Rica


Introduction
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo


Introduction: Over the hill in Costa Rica

We celebrated my 40th birthday in Costa Rica! We had never been to Costa Rica before and the Andaz Papagayo was a luxury resort that had been on my radar for a while and so we spent eight nights there using Hyatt points!

We got to Costa Rica on Southwest Airlines out of Chicago’s Midway airport. We used our points, 16,224 Rapid Rewards points plus $23.35 for each ticket. Our flight was Chicago to Liberia on Saturday Sep 1st.   We then added our son as my wife’s companion for just an additional $23.35.

On the way home unfortunately we had to fly out of San Jose since there were no flights or flights were full out of Liberia on the way home.

This flight ended up costing us $63.90 plus 8112 Rapid Rewards points per person. We then again added our son as my wife’s companion using the companion pass for an additional $63.90.  The only thing about this entire trip that sucked is Continue reading

Review: Hyatt Centric Times Square


Introduction: Completing the Career Fan Slam in NYC
Review: Hyatt Centric Times Square
US Open Kids Day


 

Review: Hyatt Centric Times Square

 

Hyatt Centric Times Square

We stayed two nights at the Hyatt Centric Times Square during our trip to New York. Very good location if you want to be in the heart of the action. Just down the street you will find yourself in the middle of Times Square. 

Hyatt Centric Times Square reception desk

Upon entering we were greeted by a busy reception area.  Lots of people checking in and out.  After a short wait we were checked in and “upgraded” to a Time Square view room. We walked over to the elevators and there was an employee asking to see guests room keys to make sure they were guests.  Continue reading

Introduction: Completing the Career Fan Slam in NYC


Introduction: Completing the Career Fan Slam in NYC
Review: Hyatt Centric Times Square
US Open Kids Day


Introduction: Completing the Career Fan Slam in NYC

US OPEN KIDS DAY

My family decided to take a quick weekend getaway to New York at the end of August to attend the US Open tennis tournament.  Since our son is so young I thought it would be best to go to kids day in which its much more hands on and entertaining for kids that don’t have the patience to sit through a three hour tennis match!

We booked our tickets on Southwest Airlines as we have the companion pass and they fly Milwaukee to Laguardia directly. The flights cost $11.20 and 20,938 Southwest Rapid Rewards points per person.  Then we just paid the additional $11.20 for our son as he was our companion. This was perfect as it allowed us to leave Friday after work and land back in Milwaukee on Sunday evening.

We stayed two nights at the Hyatt Centric Times Square as it had the Continue reading