What can $600 in travel get me this summer?

Last year around this time I started looking for trips a couple or family could take that were reasonably priced and would be a fun weekend trip.


I thought I would start earlier this year as people like to plan more than 1 month in advance!

A couple of things about these posts.

1. Why $600? It’s the amount of free travel you get when you get the Amex Gold Rewards Card and refer your partner to it. (you $350/partner $250) I have done many posts on this. It works.

2. Most of the flights will be out of Detroit and most with Spirit who charge extra for checked bags, boarding passes, etc.

Part 1 – Myrtle Beach


Well, Spirit once again has great prices to Myrtle Beach out of Detroit this summer if you book them early enough.

I am part of their $9 club so I saved $40 per round trip flight.

Here is a screenshot of what you can get late summer.


So, about $150 CDN.

Well…2 options here.

1. You could use your Amex points to pay for most of those flights for 4 people and just pay for your hotel.

2. If it is just you and a partner, you still have $300 in travel to use up for 3 nights!

I would use one of my Starwood/Marriott/Best Western/IHG accounts and have free nights, but let’s say you are paying for the hotels.

Expedia can show you the way here.

You could easily stay in some places for $100/night that have a pool and are close, if not on the beach.

Here is a shot of some of those.


Of course you could spend a little extra money and get a nicer hotel with more…


So, depending on the hotel you stay in, this trip can cost you next to nothing or a few hundred dollars.

Still, a great little getaway late summer just using points that you can get for free!

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