I had plans to go snowboarding this weekend at a local Southern California ski resort, but things went awry when I wanted to buy lift tickets a few days ago. I found out that the local ski resort was closed due to the lack of snow and I was so looking forward to snowboarding this weekend. I ultimately decided to book a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico which I haven’t been since 2012.
Last minute round-trip tickets from Los Angeles to Guadalajara were ridiculously expensive ($600), so I settled on burning some British Airways Avios points. A one-way from Los Angeles to Guadalajara via Phoenix on US Airways was 12,000 Avios and $28.23 in taxes. A one-way flight from Guadalajara to Los Angeles via Phoenix on US Airways was 12,000 Avios and $67.58 in taxes. Total Avios spent was 24,000 points and $95.81 in taxes which was much cheaper than a revenue ticket.
I chose the routing via Phoenix instead of LAX-GDL and GDL-LAX nonstop on Alaska Airlines because the flight schedules worked out better for me. I would have saved 4,000 Avios, but I have a lot of points anyways from the recent generous 40% Amex Membership Rewards to BA Avios transfer bonus.
My routing was as follows: LAX-PHX-GDL-PHX-LAX
As I mentioned previously, I haven’t been back to Guadalajara since 2012 and I’m totally excited to re-visit the beautiful city. I’ll be spending two nights and three days in Guadalajara and I’ll also be renting a car for the first time in Mexico.