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Booking an All Inclusive Resort in Mexico

all inclusive Thanksgiving trip

After discovering the amazing value of points and miles, my family has already experienced an incredible travel year with trips to both coasts in the U.S. and five European countries. With a husband who works in education and a 3rd grader, we can’t take advantage of off peak travel, but that’s just another reason to rely on points and miles! Thankfully, we’ve been able to book one last hurrah to an all inclusive resort in Mexico over Thanksgiving break.

Be Flexible

Traveling during the week of Thanksgiving can be challenging, so I wanted to book as early as possible. One tip I’ve learned is that most points reservations can be cancelled without penalty. That led me to make a speculative booking for the new Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas at the end of last year. Even though the property wasn’t finished, it looked amazing and should have opened well before Thanksgiving. We transferred points earned from a signup bonus and regular spending on the Chase Ink card to book four nights.

Since our daughter has a companion pass with Southwest, we hoped to fly one of their new international routes to get to the Bahamas. Unfortunately, Baha Mar is now in bankruptcy and the opening has been delayed so many times that we were afraid of booking airfare in case they don’t get it together in time for out trip. It was on to plan B.

Looking at all the places we would be able to go on Southwest, we chose Los Cabos because our Hyatt points would work at the all inclusive Hyatt Ziva. While getting free food and activities was not the main purpose of this trip, it will be very nice to know that we’ll have very little out of pocket spending once we get to our destination.

Changing a Reservation

Earlier this year, I earned two free nights from the Hyatt Chase Visa. When I called Hyatt to cancel Baha Mar and change to a reservation at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, it was no problem to use our award nights plus 60,000 Hyatt points for the last two days. Rooms are running around $500 a night during that time, plus we’ll have meals and activities included.

Flights, even on Southwest, were expensive at $849 each. I booked my ticket for 52,932 Rapid Reward points and $93 in taxes. The companion pass means our daughter flies free except for the tax. Jim’s ticket was paid with our Citi Prestige card using the $250 statement credit benefit to offset the cost. He also plans to use the Citi Prestige free golf benefit while we’re there.

We will still need to pay for airport parking and ground transportation, but our total costs for this trip will be minimal.

Total Out of Pocket Cost for an All Inclusive Trip to Mexico

Flights for three: $785 vs $2547 retail

Hotel: $0 vs $2000 retail

Food: $0 vs $400? retail

Golf: $0 vs $140 retail

Paying $785 for a $5000 all inclusive trip during the week of Thanksgiving is pretty amazing. I thought this would be our last trip of the year, but now I’m thinking we might be able to fit one more in the week after Christmas. We’ll see if I can pull it off!

Are you traveling for Thanksgiving? 

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Good job! Hope you have a great trip! Mrs. DisIndebted and I had our honeymoon on the Riviera Maya and in Tulum this July. We’re now in the process of saving our travel points for our next big trip! Enjoy!

  2. Very nice Kim, especially after the original hotel went belly up. Nicole and I just finished booking a trip in May for our 15th to the Hyatt all-inclusive in Cancun (the Zilara I believe it is) using our free Hyatt nights and a CP. The total costs for the trip was right at $200 (for the fees/taxes on SW). The hotel starts at like $900 a night so I’m pretty happy with $200 for a week. We’re debating going somewhere for Christmas so we’ll see.

  3. My mom is up in Alaska, which I’m not flying up to, and my in-laws live in our guest house. So my MIL cooks a small turkey breast and makes a couple of side dishes on Thanksgiving. It’s a pretty low key affair here.

    • We kind of do the opposite of traditional Thanksgiving. Our extended families don’t really do gatherings so we usually end up taking a trip.

  4. We usually stay home for Thanksgiving because we hate the thought of traveling with everyone else, but we have decided that next year we want to take advantage of the cheaper overseas travel costs during Thanksgiving to fly overseas for Thanksgiving. Now we just have to decide where we want to go!

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