Upcoming Trip to Spain – Use of Free Nights


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We have a trip to Spain coming up where I was able to use 4 free nights from the Hilton Q1 Free Night & Q2 Free Night Promotion, 4 free nights from the Starwood Q2 Free Night Promotion, 3 night on Starwood points, and 3 nights at a Ritz Carlton with Marriott Points.

Booking the Flight

I detailed booking our first class flights on Lufthansa in this post.    When we booked the trip we lived in Tampa.  So the best way to maximize our time in a premium cabin was to fly from Orlando to Frankfurt on Lufthansa.  However now with our recent move to a Delta hub captive city we added another leg and an extra 2 nights on the outbound and return.  If I was Dividend miles Diamond I could simply reissue the ticket for free but since there was a fee per ticket and no other award seats available during our dates, we just added a DL flight to the front and end of our trip.  Using great circle mapper I’ve shown the before and after move itineraries.

Before Move

After Move

Hotels Visited

On our trip we will visit the following places on free night certificates.

  • Madrid – 2 free nights from Starwood Q2 promotion certificates, 1 night using Starwood points
  • Barcelona – 3 nights using Marriott points
  • Mallorca- 4 free nights Hilton’s Q1/Q2 promotion certificates
  • Mallorca – 2 free nights from Starwood Q2 promotion certificates
  • Rioja Region – 2 nights using Starwood points

The last few items of the trip are being planned.  We have a few museums to see, food to taste, wineries to visit, rides through the country in car & train, and beaches to explore.  The last item outstanding is the Renfe train ticket which is giving me a bit of trouble.  I will post about the Renfe booking process when I have resolution on how to actually book the ticket:).

Bottom Line

With the recent devaluation of the Euro (closed at 1.19 vs the dollar the day I posted this) and the use of points and miles, this trip should be a fairly affordable trip to Spain.  You can expect a trip report with many pictures.

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