I'm pretty excited for my trip to the Beaver Creek area of Colorado later this year. I’ll be staying at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, a resort that is said to be one of the best in the U.S. I’ve never been to the area, but the reviews look promising.
“The Park Hyatt is a sweet splurge indeed — its prime location (smack in the middle of the village and at the foot of the Centennial Express), Allegria spa, and ski valet make it Beaver Creek's most favorable option. You can even roast s'mores at the mountainside fire pit,” says Shermans Travel.
The best part?
We’ll be staying there for free. That’s right! Crystal and I are staying at a hotel that books rooms for at least $495 a night during season... for free. How? By using the two rewards nights I got for meeting the minimum spend requirement for the Hyatt Credit Card.
Can it get any better?!
Maybe. I’m paying less than $150 for round trip airfare between Dallas and Denver. No doubt, part of the reason why the flights are so cheap is because I’ll be going during the off-season for this area of Colorado. Beaver Creek and the surrounding area (Vail, Avon) is a bustling metropolis during the winter. If you want to see the area for (relatively) cheap, go during it’s off season. And there’s still plenty to do during the summer and fall. That’s how you travel smart!
The best way to get from Denver to Beaver Creek
You can fly directly into Eagle County Airport, but if you know me, you know I like direct flights, and there aren’t many into that airport. That’s why we’re flying into Denver. There are shuttles you can catch from the airport to Beaver Creek, but that’ll cost you roughly $100 a ticket, each way. Turns out you can rent a car for much less than that! Plus, that means we can be random, which is something everyone should do while on vacation. Maybe we’ll explore Denver for a few hours. Or stop a few times on the way to take in the beauty of the mountains.
Saving hundreds, (or thousands) while staying at a high class resort, in one of the most popular ski areas in the country is something anyone can do. You just have to know a little bit about the art of traveling smart. Travel somewhere during it’s offseason. Use credit card bonuses to your advantage. Do your research on the area.
I’m putting that to practice with this trip to Colorado. Is it perfect? No. But it’s a great way to save money, while seeing the world.
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