I spent a weekend in Seattle last month using points and miles to make it an affordable vacation. We used British Airways Avios for the flight on Alaska Airlines and Hyatt points for the 3 night hotel stay at the Hyatt Olive 8. Although Seattle could be expensive, it doesn’t have to be when you do it Romsdeals style.
Seattle is a great city to travel to using points and miles because there are two category 4 Hyatt hotels. You can use your free Hyatt annual night certificate, 15,000 Hyatt points, or 7,500 points and $100. We had a choice between Hyatt Olive 8 and the Grand Hyatt Seattle, which are both located downtown. I ended up choosing the Hyatt Olive 8 because of the nice indoor pool since I love swimming at hotels (if it’s nice) and fresh to order breakfast. I was trying to get 3 nights cash and points with a suite upgrade, but was only able to do 15,000 Hyatt points the first night and cash and points the second 2 nights with a suite upgrade. The total cost was then 30,000 Hyatt points and $200. It would be foolish to just use your Hyatt card to pay the $200. Instead, I bought a 13% off discounted gift card through Raise.com with an extra 2% cashback on Topcashback with a credit card I needed to meet my minimum spend (Citi TY Premier).
For flights, I booked 2 roundtrip tickets by finding availability on Alaska Airlines through AA.com and then calling British Airways to book Alaska Airlines. This seems a bit complicated, but it wasn’t too bad once I got to talk to a British Airways agent. I called the US Customer Service line at 1-800-452-1201 and was able to talk to someone after being placed on hold. If the US BA line is closed, I’ve also been able to call the customer service department in Singapore at +65 6823 2095 using Google Voice at $0.02 per minute. The total cost from Los Angeles to Seattle Roundtrip was 15,000 Avios and $11.20 per ticket. They should not charge you a booking fee for Alaska Airlines flights since it’s not bookable online.
Seattle is very doable without a car because of its direct light rail to downtown Seattle for only $3.00. We were able to walk to most places, but used Uber or Lyft to get to a few places. It was nice not having to worry about parking and car rental fees.
Some of the highlights included visiting the Chihuly Glass Museum and Space Needle. You can buy a discounted combo ticket for $33 if you go before 9:30am and book online.
We also enjoyed the day at Bainbridge Island and walking around Pike’s Place Market.
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery was also interesting to see, although I think there are plenty of other better independent coffee shops in Seattle.
Seattle was a great place for a quick extended weekend getaway from Los Angeles and definitely great bang for your points. We saved some money eating a big breakfast at the hotel, which was included with our Diamond status (up to $25 per registered guest). That was perfect because we could eat some small eats at the Pike Market Place for a small afternoon snack. Our biggest expenses were covered by points/miles and loyalty status. We spent a total of 30,000 Avios, 30,000 Hyatt points, and about $220 in taxes and cash for a 3 night trip to Seattle. Our biggest expenses were just dinner and souvenirs! It was a great weekend in Seattle on points!
Have you been to Seattle with points and miles?