Anytime is a good time to go to Paris for my mom (for that matter, I feel the same way). So, when my dad broached the subject to me this past Sunday, I just asked him “Why not?” and we decided to plan a trip for him and her. By Tuesday, it was done. Paris for a week in springtime – now, who doesn’t love that?
Of course, the vacation wouldn’t get a write-up here unless my parents were saving serious money. So, let’s take a look!
My dad used 80,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles for both his and my mom’s ticket. American’s off-peak prices from October 15 – May 15 for economy-class redemptions coincided perfectly with their travel goal of late April-early May 2016.
Off-peak drops the ticket cost from 30,000 to 20,000 AAdvantage miles for each leg, or 40,000 miles, overall, per person. Outlined, below, in black, this is a fantastic redemption price, as Google Flights currently has the cash price of each ticket above $1,200.
My parents will be spending six free nights in Paris at two different hotels.
The first two nights will be at the famous Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, a ultra-luxe property that is one of Hyatt’s crown jewels, along with the Park Hyatts in Tokyo and Sydney. Rates for the base-room level + one category*, a Park Deluxe King, are exorbitant:
My parents are using the sign-up bonus from my mom’s Hyatt credit card, which is, surprise, 2 free nights at any Hyatt, worldwide, in lieu of paying for the room. I can’t imagine paying $875 a night for a hotel room, but the hotel does indeed appear grand (all photos via the hotel’s website).
*(They are entitled to the base room + one category because being a Hyatt cardholder grants Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum status. This status, among other benefits, offers a free, one-category upgrade on both award and paid stays.)
Since my dad and I recently had an off-putting stay at the Park Hyatt Toronto, I am very hopeful that the service and class that was so utterly outstanding at my Park Hyatt Tokyo stay last year will also be evident at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme.
2. Radisson BLU Le Dokhan’s Hotel – Paris Trocadero
The next four nights will be at the Radisson BLU Le Dokhan’s Hotel – Paris Trocadero, in a business-class room*. This, too, is a pretty hotel (all photos via the hotel’s website).
Four nights at this establishment, while still pricey, are actually less than the 2 nights at the Hyatt! The total cost of 1507 euros is equivalent to $1,677.
My dad and my mom both each have both the Club Carlson personal and business credit cards. Club Carlson’s loyalty program had a devaluation recently and, as a thank you to cardholders who remained loyal, sent out 1 free night certificate valid at any Club Carlson hotel, worldwide. Four cards, therefore, equaled four free night certificates!
The hotel is in a quieter part of town near some fantastic parks like the Jardin du Ranelagh and the Bois du Boulogne and has views of the Eiffel Tower.
My parents are very excited about this hotel opportunity, too.
*(Having the Club Carlson credit card gives the cardholder Gold Status in Club Carlson’s loyalty program, enabling an upgrade to a business-class room.)
Adding the flight cost of $2,400 to the hotel prices of $1,677 and $1750 gives a sum of $5,827.
My parents are saving almost $6,000.
There are some additional fees, like taxes and fees and cab fares and the like, as you can see below, but compared to the overall cost are very minimal.
Here’s to family!
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