Sensational 13 Days Cabo Honeymoon Hack: Baja for Nada

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Have you always pictured your honeymoon as a mix of beach relaxation and adventure?

One day spent relaxing reading a book next to the pool. The next with your heart thumping at the edge of a zipline platform. Cabo may be the perfect honeymoon for you.

Cheap Cabo Honeymoon

Cabo San Lucas to the west and sleepier Cabo San Jose to the east bookend the resort area of Los Cabos. Los Cabos, or Cabo, comprise a 20 mile tourist zone filled with resorts, golf courses, and miles of beaches. Keep reading if you are interested in how to take a cheap Cabo honeymoon.

Los Cabos is at the at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. Cabo is very popular with tourists seeking sunshine, snorkeling, surfing, and scuba diving.

Cabo San Lucas is well recognized for its iconic sea arch, El Arco. El Arco sits at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula.

The area is a fantastic honeymoon getaway for those seeking relaxation in the sun.

The city also has plenty of opportunities for more adrenaline filled activities. Soar above trees on zip-line courses. Drive through rocky trails on ATVs. Hook an enormous catch deep sea fishing. Los Cabos has that and more.

Cabo Itinerary Overview

Two Roundtrip Flights from the United States to Cabo San Lucas (SJD)

12 Hotel nights in Cabo

Retail Honeymoon Price: $3,300
Honeymoon Hacker Price: $380

Honeymoon Hacker Method

If a Cabo honeymoon filled with adventure and relaxation is for you. I’ll show you how to put this trip together for almost free.

You and your future spouse will need to open a new credit cards and earn the signup bonuses. You will use reward points from those signup bonuses to pay for your flight and hotel on your honeymoon.

Warning… only use these new cards for your regular spending and wedding expenses. Overspending to save money is not wise.

You can take a fantastic honeymoon to Mexico for much less than you think.

Where will we stay?

Hyatt Place Los Cabos

The Hyatt Place Los Cabos is a 5 minute walk from the beach. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and clean.

This hotel allows you take advantage of the many adventures Cabo has to offer. All without blowing your budget.

With so much outside time breathing in the more adventurous side of Cabo, why pay more for an empty hotel room.

The Honeymoon Hacking game plan pays for the Hyatt Place Los Cabos rooms with points from the Capital One Venture Card.

This card is the perfect solution because it allows for flexible travel redemptions. You pay for the “travel” purchase with your credit card. Then you “erase” the expense by redeeming points from your account.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is Hyatt’s beachfront all-Inclusive property in Los Cabos. The resort has four pools and two hot tubs. There is a fitness center, seven restaurants and a spa.

The resort advertises oceanfront dining, endless drinks, and top shelf liquors and wines. Wine and tequila sommeliers are available for tastings. Daily activities are available with live entertainment and fitness and sporting activities. Sounds like a nice location to kick back in the sun and the sand for three nights of your honeymoon.

The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is category 6 Hyatt property with a 20,000 point redemption cost a night for a couple.

You will need 60,000 Hyatt Points to book your three nights at this luxurious all-inclusive resort for your cheap Cabo honeymoon. So you will need to transfer 4,000 points to reach 60,000 points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar

Courtesy of Marriott.com

The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar is a category 5 Marriott beachfront resort. Redemption range between 30,000 and 40,000 points. Typical amount per night is 35,000 points.

The property features six restaurants including a steakhouse and Mediterranean restaurant. There is also a taco and tequila restaurant. The resort features five pool areas, a fitness center, luxurious rooms, and a spa. The resort is not an all-inclusive. The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar features five pools and the beach is only steps away.

Booking the 5 nights at the Sheraton Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar requires 140,000 points at the typical rate. Marriott offers a 5th night free when booking with points. This allows you to book 5 nights for the price of four nights.

Honeymoon Hack Credit Card Strategy

5 Credit Cards required for this honeymoon hack

  • 2x Chase Sapphire Preferred
  • 1x World of Hyatt Credit Card
  • 1x Marriott Bonvoy Boundless
  • 1x Capital One Venture

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.

Marriott, Hyatt and Southwest are transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards. Transfers from 1:1, 1 and transfers are available almost instantly.

You will pay for the Hyatt Ziva portion of the honeymoon hack with points earned from the signup bonus of the World of Hyatt credit card.

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

Click Here to Apply for the World of Hyatt Credit Card

Capital One Venture Credit Card

  • Earn welcome bonus of 50,000 Venture® miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
  • $95 annual fee is waived the first 12 months
  • The 50,000 miles plus the 6,000 miles you earn for the $3,000 in spending = 56,000 miles worth $560

This card is so easy. Once you meet the bonus, you reimburse yourself for travel expenses. Nobody knows or cares that you have “miles” — you pay for your travel expense with that card. After the fact you log into your online account to redeem your miles for a travel statement credit.

You will use this card to pay for airfare taxes, hotel resort fees and a few nights of the Hyatt Place Los Cabos. Please refer to the table at the bottom of the page for details.

Click Here to Apply for the Capital One Venture Card

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless

  • Earn 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
  • $95 annual fee is not waived the first 12 months
  • The 75,000 points plus the 6,000 points you earn for the $3,000 in spending = 81,000 miles worth $650

The standard bonus is 75,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on the card within the first three months. When you add in the 2x earnings on everyday spend, you’ll end up with 81,000 points from meeting the bonus.

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card bonus ranges from 75,000 points to 100,000 points. This honeymoon hack is easier if you are able to sign up for the credit card when it is offering the 100,00 point bonus. Annual fee of $95 applies.

Click Here to Apply for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card

Hacking the Flights

There are many options for hacking the flights between the US and Cabo San Lucas (SJD). The examples will feature Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines is a terrific transfer option for Chase points to reach 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 redemption cost is based on how much the flights cost. As long at the cost for both tickets is below the 40,000 points, your airfare will be “free”.

Cabo San Lucas airport (SJD) is well served by North American airlines.

Southwest offers direct service to Cabo from from points across the country.  That makes Southwest an ideal choice for this cheap Cabo honeymoon hack.  Redeeming points on Southwest is easy.  There is no award chart or restrictions.  If the fare is available for purchase, it is available to use points on.  Easy. 

  1. Open a Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Account
  2. Link the account to your Chase Ultimate Rewards Account
  3. Search your city pair and find dates for your honeymoon
  4. Make sure the points required are less than the amount of Chase Ultimate Rewards in your account. My text example had room for up to 59,000 for the two tickets.
  5. Transfer the amount of points needed from your Chase Ultimate Rewards account to your Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards account.  Wait a few minutes. 
  6. View the points in your Southwest Airlines account
  7. Book your airfare with points and pay for the taxes with your Capital One Venture card
  8. Celebrate with a margarita because Mexico here you come.

The process to transfer Ultimate rewards points to Hyatt and Marriott (if needed) is remarkably similar.  Follow as needed for those programs as well.  The Honeymoon hack test booking would require a transfer of 4,000 Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt and 59,000 to Marriott.  Book all of your travel rewards flight and stay and then go digging through storage to find your snorkel.

Airport fees and taxes are not elimitated by utilizing miles.

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.

Booking Summary

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)

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