Is a Cheap Playa Del Carmen Honeymoon Right for Us?
Just 40 miles southwest of Cancun, sits Playa Del Carmen. Playa Del Carmen sits near the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in eastern Mexico. The sun baked area draws tourists from around the world to enjoy its magnificent beaches and beautiful locations.
The Playa Del Carmen Honeymoon Hack brings a low cost honeymoon to the Quintana Roo region of Mexico which boasts the destinations of Cancun, Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, and Cozumel combine to make this a fantastic getaway.
Playa Del Carmen features beautiful white sand beaches and blue green water. Playa Del Carmen is one of the world’s most popular scuba diving locations thanks to its vibrant sea life and underwater caverns.
The city of Playa Del Carmen is no longer the small fishing village it once was. The city has become a popular tourist destination with walk able streets, interesting shops, and kind locals. The city is filled with incredible sights with a heavy dose of Caribbean flavor.
Cancun (CUN), an hour 15 minute drive from Playa Del Carmen is well served by US airlines. A valid U.S. passport is required for entry to Mexico. If you are interested in other Mexico destinations, please check out our itineraries for Cabo San Lucas and Cancun.
Honeymoon Hacker Method
Playa Del Carmen Honeymoon Hack brings together a great destination for a relaxing Mexican honeymoon at a great price. 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.
Playa Del Carmen Itinerary Overview
Two Roundtrip Flights from the United States to Cancun (CUN)
Retail Honeymoon Price: $4,200
Honeymoon Hacker Price: $720
Pieces of the Puzzle
5 Credit Cards
- 2x World of Hyatt Credit Cards
- 1x Chase Sapphire Preferred
- 1x Barclaycard American Airlines Aviator Red
- 1x Capital One Venture Card
Where will we stay in Playa Del Carmen?
The Andaz Mayakoba Resort will be a place for calm relaxation on your honeymoon. The resort has a spa, a golf course designed by Greg Norman (THE SHARK!), beautiful pools, hot tubs, and four restaurants. So, unwind by the pool, or stretch out on the chaise lounge chairs or relax in the cabanas.
The Playa Del Carmen Honeymoon Hacking game plan is to spend 4 nights at the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, a category 5 Hyatt property for 25,000 points per night. The stay will require 100,000 Hyatt points which you will earn through the welcome bonus from two World of Hyatt credit cards.
This card is the perfect solution because Hyatt has multiple properties in Playa Del Carmen that may better suit your honeymoon goals:
Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort – Category 5, 25,000 points per night
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya – Category 5, 25,000 points per night
Thompson Playa Del Carmen Main House – Category 3, 12,000 points per night
Thompson Playa Del Carmen Beach House – Category 4, 20,000 points per night
Kasa Hotel Riviera Maya – Category 4, 20,000 Points per night
You will use points from the Signup bonus from the World of Hyatt Credit Cards to pay for these hotel nights.
World of Hyatt Credit Card details:
- 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 times two credit cards = 112,000 miles worth ~$2,200
100,000 Hyatt Points will be needed to book your four nights at this resort. For more in-depth review of the World of Hyatt credit card, click here.
Thompson Playa Del Carmen Main House
Located in the heart of Quinta Avenida, Thompson Playa del Carmen is steps from downtown shopping, lively nightlife, and the Riviera Maya beach. The 92-room Main House is centrally-located, with a 30,000 square foot rooftop playground with infinity pool overlooking the ocean. The hotel has luxury cabanas, a spa, and two restaurants. The Main House is known for its vibrant nightlife, impeccable location and luxury accommodations.
The property is a resort property and subject to a $35 a night fee not covered by your points. But, the Thompson Playa Del Carmen Main House does host nightly tequila tastings, yoga classes, and one complimentary mini facial.
Just an easy walk between the Main House and the Beach House, lets you have all of the amenities of a beachfront location at a lower points cost.
But, really this place is the rooftop deck. Incredible! I don’t think you’ll miss the beach that much.
Another Hyatt property. The Honeymoon Hacking game plan is to spend 5 nights at the Thompson Playa Del Carmen Main House through the sign-up bonus of 60,000 points through the transfer capabilities of the 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 Ultimate Rewards Points worth at least $800 in travel expenses.
Hyatt is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. Transfers from 1:1, 1 and transfers are available almost instantly.
For a more in-depth review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred, click here
Hacking the Flights
There are multiple options for hacking the flights between the US and Cancun (CUN). 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 to Mexico 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 Airlines AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard you earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles after making your first purchase. A $99 annual fee is charged on the first statement. That amount of AAdvantage miles will provide enough points to book two roundtrip flights from the US to Cancun.
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 $120 in taxes per person.
Playa Del Carmen Honeymoon Hack Summary
Below is the sample itinerary and the points necessary to book this honeymoon.
Person 1: World of Hyatt Credit Card ($95), American Airlines Aviator Red Credit Card ($99)
Person 2: World of Hyatt Credit Card ($95), Chase Sapphire Preferred ($95), Capital One Venture