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Our Destination: Punta De Mita

Undoubtedly, Mexico is one of–if not, the–most popular destination for Spring Break with its cool vibe, great beaches, and tropical weather. So for us, it was only a matter of time and identifying which part of Mexico we’re traveling to for the break.


From Cancun to Isla Mujeres, our travel options were endless, but this time, we gathered our points and headed to Punta de Mita, a 6-kilometer private peninsula towards the north of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. This paradise is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean. What’s great about it is the mild tropical climate where temperature, even in the summer, reaches up to only 85F – this is great especially as we’re traveling this time with our 5-month old.


Where We Stayed: W Punta De Mita by Marriott

This is a really cool property. It has about four restaurants on it, it has a huge pool that goes straight out to the beach, lots of places to lounge and sit and lay out. Surprisingly, all of the restaurants are really pretty affordable and all the drinks and everything too.


The Rooms – Jurassic Park Style!

I found this place to be kind of like a combination of ABC’s Lost and Jurassic Park. The rooms were kind of hidden in the jungle setting and just a really cool beach and jungle vibe to it.

Courtesy of Marriott Hotels - W Hotel Punta de Mita



The other cool thing about the W is they have a lot of music going at all times honestly it was a little annoying sometimes but we had out five-month-old and it kinda drowned out some of the other noise. There were some live DJs at night and that was all pretty good.


Pool Area

The pool area is really cool, overlooks the beach and its really hard to find a better spot than this for spring break.


How We Did This For Free!

What’s special about this trip is that every part of it was free – from our flights down to our restaurant bills, everything was covered by our points. Here’s how we did it:


The way we actually did this for free was to use the Companion Pass on Southwest to fly from Denver to Puerto Vallarta with points and miles from Southwest. I have my companion pass by getting the bonuses from the Chase Southwest Business Premier business card and Chase Southwest Plus personal card

80,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Miles after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. Highest bonus among the Southwest business cards. You are eligible even if you have the Southwest Premier Business card. Great to combine with personal card for Companion Pass.
40,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. Note: current welcome offer includes 3X points on dining, including takeout and delivery services for the first year.



We used Marriott points to book this W hotel so our stay was free, we got four nights with points and Marriott added the fifth night for free so that was a great use. And then because Virginia was a Marriott Gold Elite, she was able to get us an upgrade to an ocean view room, which was also really really cool.

75,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. The Amex Bonvoy Business card has a great welcome offer and several great perks for those who love to stay at Marriott hotels.
75,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. A large annual fee but many perks to offset it, including $300 annual credit. New offer includes $200 statement credit for purchases at U.S. restaurants in the first 6 months. This is a good ultra-premium option for people who like the Hilton Aspire card, but prefer Marriott Bonvoy hotels.
3 Free Nights (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months Note: The current signup bonus is 3 Free Nights (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening + 10x points earning in certain categories. See terms for full details. This is a solid card from Marriott. The free hotel night certificate is also a nice perk.


Food Expenses

Lastly, because we have Capital One Venture Miles to pay for our hotel bill, we put all of the restaurant and food bills on the room. Then we used the Venture Card to pay the room bill. Once our statement comes, we’ll use the Venture Miles to erase that charge because it will code as travel.

60,000 Capital One Miles after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Best "no-thinking" starter card (or compliment to Chase Sapphire Preferred) for those who don't want to think when earning and redeeming miles.


So a few different cards went into making this free. I think that’s what you learn when you get those big sign up bonuses. You can quickly rack up a lot of points and end up traveling for free at some really great vacation spots.


Our Points vs. Actual Expenses

Ready to see how much we saved on this trip? The table below shows you how much points we’ve redeemed and their corresponding retail value. All in all, we saved $3,100.25 for this trip!


ExpenseCardPoints RedeemedVs. Actual Value in Retail
FlightsRapid Rewards Miles and Companion Pass42,050$630.75 (including $184 in taxes)
Accommodation/ HotelMarriott Bonvoy50,000 per night (200,000 total) - 5th night for free$349 x 5 = $2,095 (plus taxes)
Food/ Restaurant chargesCapital One Venture miles37,450 $374.50

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