How I Booked a 2 Night Resort Hotel in Cabo with Flights and a Rental Car for Under $360


A week ago, I didn’t have any summer travel plans booked for the month of July. I have over a six figure balance in my British Airways account and that had me thinking about short hops from Los Angeles. I knew American Airlines flew a non-stop from Los Angeles to Cabo, so I looked on American Airlines to see if there was availability for the month of July.

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There was plenty of milesAAver available for 17,500 each way for the month of July. Booking this round-trip on American Airlines would cost 35,000 miles round-trip. Since it’s a short flight, I used British Airways miles to book this round-trip flight for a total of 15,000 Avios + $83.58 in taxes.

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Since I am a die-hard Starwood fan, I looked on and saw that there were two Starwood resort properties in Cabo.


The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos was going for $179+ taxes and the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos was going for $175+ taxes. I used to look for a BRG (Best Rate Guarantee) on both hotels. See my post on How to Find the Absolute Lowest Price on Your Next Hotel Room Booking.

Using my BRG tactics, I was able to find a Best Rate Guarantee on both resort hotels. I booked a night at the Sheraton Cabo for $139.16 and the Westin Cabo for $125.42.

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I chose 2,000 Starpoints as my BRG Reward, so I will get my Platinum benefits and an additional 4,000 Starpoints after staying at the two hotels.

Car rentals in Cabo are pretty cheap. I ran a search on Orbitz for a 2 day car rental and it came out to be $9.68 taxes included.

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What I spent:

Flights – 15,000 British Airways Avios + $83.58 in taxes
Hotels – $264.48
Car Rental – $9.68

Total spent: 15,000 British Airways Avios + $357.74 cash

What I will receive:

Flights – Executive Platinum’s on American Airlines get a Snack + Beverage for free. I plan to standby for an earlier flight to Cabo for free using my Executive Platinum status
Hotels – I will be getting the Starwood Platinum treatment at both resort hotels. Free room upgrade, 1,000 Starpoints as a Platinum amenity from both hotels (500 each), 4,000 Starpoints as a BRG reward for both hotels, free internet, free Club Lounge access for evening appetizers and breakfast, and 4pm late-checkout.


I spent 15,000 British Airways Avios + $357.74 cash and will be getting back in return 5,000 Starpoints worth at least $150 (at 3 cents per point). It will be my first time in Cabo and I can’t wait to share it all with you in the form of a trip report.


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7 Comments on "How I Booked a 2 Night Resort Hotel in Cabo with Flights and a Rental Car for Under $360"

  1. Giddy for Points | July 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply

    I’ve been wanting to go too! Cant wait for the report 🙂

  2. There are so many award booking services but I don’t think there are any hotel award booking that will do what you have done. Ever thought about doing this (hotel booking with BRG) as a service? 🙂

  3. Wold love to see a post for possible “deal” destinations out of LAX using Avios. 15k R/T to Cabo was definitely a new find for me. Any other good ones other than Hawaii, Vegas and Chicago?

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