Deciding if a Cheap Aruba Honeymoon Hack is Right for Us?
Aruba is located at the far south of the Caribbean, just north of Venezuela. A constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the island of just over 100,000 residents with picturesque beaches make this tropical destination a hot spot for tourists from the United States.
The island features a windblown national park of volcanic crags and raging waves; a revitalizing town lined with mosaics and murals; and an offshore shipwreck considered one of the best wreck dives in the world.
Aruba (AUA) is well served by US airlines. A valid U.S. passport is required for entry to Aruba.
Navigating the Aruba Honeymoon Hack
Aruba makes a great location for an inexpensive honeymoon to the Caribbean, and I’ll show you how to put this trip together for nearly free. To make this trip happen you and your future spouse will need to open a few new credit cards and use them for your regular spending and wedding expenses in order to earn the significant signup bonuses that were offered with those cards.
Aruba Itinerary Overview
Two Roundtrip Flights from the United States to Oranjestad’s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA)
13 Hotel nights in Aruba in the Palm Beach Area
Retail Honeymoon Price: $3,300
Honeymoon Hacker Price: $380
Pieces of the Puzzle
5 Credit Cards
- 2x IHG Premier Credit Cards
- 1x World of Hyatt
- 1x Chase Sapphire Preferred
- 1x Barclaycard American Airlines Aviator Red
Where will we stay?
Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
The Holiday Inn Resort® Aruba-Beach Resort & Casino, is the best beachfront hotel located in Palm Beach. The glamorous and high-rise area of Aruba. Experience a unique atmosphere surrounded by an exotic world of shopping and sizzling nightlife.
Relax in beachside pools or play water sports. The property contains a relaxing spa, shopping mall, or full-service casino.
There are five restaurants at the hotel. The hotel’s location provides easy access to the island’s top attractions such as Downtown Oranjestad, Tierra del Sol Golf Course, Arikok National Park and The Butterfly Farm.
Also, Queen Beatrix International Airport is located less than 8 miles away making it just a short ride from your arrival or departure point.Whether you want a romantic retreat, a family vacation or just a little downtime, this hotel in Aruba offers something for everyone.
Given the excellent value on points, 4th night free when booking with points with the IHG premier card, the Honeymoon Hacking game plan has the best strategy is to spend 8 of your nights in this resort through two IHG premier Credit Cards.
This card is the perfect solution for this vacation because it allows for maximizing the point value on the bonus points earned for the free night. Here’s the lowdown:
- Earn 140,000 IHG Points after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
- $89 annual fee is not waived
- The 140,000 miles plus the 3,000 points you earn for the $3,000 in spending multiplied times two cards = 286,000 points worth ~$1400
Hyatt Regency Aruba Spa & Casino
Escape to the welcoming Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino and witness spectacular ocean views from the moment you set foot in the lobby. Make yourself at home in newly designed rooms and spend afternoons lounging at the beach or by the pool.
Enjoy boutique shopping and dining both onsite and within walking distance, or rejuvenate your body and soul with an aloe vera treatment at ZoiA Spa. No matter how each day is spent, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino provides exceptional, friendly service that creates unforgettable memories.
The Hyatt Regency Aruba Spa & Casino is 25,000 points a night for a couple. You will pay for the Hyatt Regency Aruba portion of the honeymoon hack with points earned from the signup bonus of the World of Hyatt credit card.
- Earn 50,000 World of Hyatt Points after making $6,000 in purchases within the first 6 months
- $95 annual fee is not waived the first 12 months
- The 50,000 miles plus the 6,000 miles you earn for the $6,000 in spending = 56,000 miles worth ~$1,100
75,000 Hyatt Points will be needed to book your three nights at this resort, so you will need to transfer 19,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to reach the 75,000 points required.
Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Earn 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after making $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
- $95 annual fee is not waived the first 12 months
- The 60,000 points plus the 4,000 points you earn for the $4,000 in spending = 64,000 miles worth at least $800 in travel expenses.
Hyatt and Southwest are transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards. Transfers from 1:1, 1 and transfers are available almost instantly. For more in-depth review, click here.
Hacking the Flights
There are multiple options for hacking the flights between the US and Aruba (AUA). The airport is served from points across the United States. So the best option may be on an airline or using an airline currency listed below. This example will use American Airlines due to their strong service of the Caribbean through Miami and Dallas Fort Worth should make for convenient connections for most of the US.
American Airlines award chart lists MileSAAver Award space between the United States and Mexico at 30,000 points roundtrip. With the Barclaycard American AAdvantage Red card after making your first purchase, $99 annual fee. That will provide enough points to book two roundtrip flights from the US to Aruba.
Southwest Airlines is a terrific transfer option for Chase points to get you are your partner to Cabo. Southwest points are a terrific option since those miles are so easy to use and bags are free.
Southwest has no blackout dates and the award tickets are based on how much the flights cost, so as long at the cost for both tickets is below the 40,000 points, your airfare will be “free”.
International flights apply a number of US and international airport taxes that increase the cost of these bookings and utilizing miles does not eliminate these taxes. My test bookings came up with around $103 in taxes per person. Don’t worry, we are paying these taxes with your Capital One Venture card with the ability to “erase” them later.
Below is the sample itinerary and the points necessary to book this honeymoon.
Person 1: Chase Sapphire Preferred ($95), World of Hyatt Credit Card ($95), Capital One Venture Airlines Credit Card
Person 2: Chase Sapphire Preferred ($95), Marriott Bonvoy Boundless ($95)