Category Archives for Mexico.

Save 5,000 United Miles on Round Trips Awards to Mexico

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If you love Mexico as much as we do and want to book an economy saver award trip to head there using United miles then you can do it for 5,000 fewer miles if you want to travel from April 29, 2017 – May 26, 2017. To celebrate United’s 50th anniversary of flying between the US and Mexico, they are knocking 5,000 miles off round trip saver awards to Mexico when departing from the US (other than Hawaii) and Canada. This means you can…

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Cheap Flights to Many Cities in Mexico Through the Summer!

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I’ve become a huge fan of Mexico in recent years for low stress family vacations. For many of us Mexico isn’t too far away, so it can be a realistic destination when you don’t have a ton of time to work with, or don’t want to put your young kids (and yourself) through a long flight to get to a far off island destination. Perhaps even more importantly, there are some beautiful beaches, relaxing resorts, and of course amazing food…

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Activities, Kid’s Club, and Babysitting at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun

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Our Spring Break trip to the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun couldn’t have been a better fit for our family. From the big two-story suite we scored, to the awesome pools and beaches, to the pretty good included food and drinks, it was basically a resort paradise that costs nothing out of pocket when you book using Hyatt points or Hyatt credit card sign-up bonus nights. You can check out all those details and more at the links below. Booking and…

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Review of Food and Drinks at All-Inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun

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For Spring Break this year we ditched our original far-flung and complex itinerary and instead embraced where we are in life right now with two young kids and flew two hours from Houston to Cancun to the new all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun. In the linked posts below I outline the process of booking and getting to the resort, a detailed look at our massive two-story suite, and the on-site pools and beaches. Booking and Getting to the Hyatt Ziva Cancun Review of the…

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The Pools and Beaches at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun


For spring break this year we ditched our complicated and extensive itinerary to Australia and New Zealand and instead made the much smarter and closer to home decision to head to the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun. With two young kids, and especially a baby who doesn’t sleep well, this was the best decision we could have possibly made. Of course, it helped that the resort was amazing, bookable on points, and we scored a two-story 1,300 square foot suite! You…

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Two Story Pyramid Suite at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun


After we arrived and completed the check-in process at the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun Resort, we happily headed towards our two-story 1,300 square foot Pyramid Suite. Suites are always nice, but once you have a couple of kids along for the ride, they take on a whole new level of “nice”. This is especially true when the kids are young and need naps or don’t sleep well at night. That “extra” space becomes very important and very well utilized in…

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Getting to the Hyatt Ziva Cancun All-Inclusive Resort

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My ideal vacation right now would consist of a dark room, a comfortable bed, a white noise machine, unlimited sleep, and no responsibilities for a few days (or even a few hours?!). However, since that is still unattainable, the next best thing is a trip to a quality resort with fun pools for kids, good food, yummy drinks, and on-site child care that is available using points. In other words, the all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cancun was as close to perfect as we are…

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Did Your Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Get You This?

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Back when I was in college I remember folding tables set-up around the University of Texas with people handing out things like baseball caps in exchange for a credit card application. I mean, come on, at least give a college student a burrito! I thankfully never applied for a card in exchange for a hat (or burrito), but I absolutely did apply for a credit card with a sign-up bonus that got me this. And this. And this. And all of this we…

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Travelzoo Punta Mita Deal I’m Drooling Over

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One of the travel discount websites I keep an eye on is I’ve been using and watching that site for years and have scored some killer discount travel deals and experiences from time to time by keeping the site on my radar. I especially like the Week’s Top 20 round-up email they send out of various travel deals that they consider to be the best. Today I happened to open that email and the very top deal on the…

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Getting Max Value for Hyatt Credit Card Nights

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The Chase Hyatt Credit Card offers a sign-up bonus that awards two free nights at any Hyatt worldwide after you spend $1,000 on the card in the first three months. Since there are some absolutely amazing Hyatt properties around the world, this is a very good sign-up bonus. The “catch” is that you have one year to use the two free nights after earning them, so you need to be strategic about when you sign-up for the card since the award…

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