Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Puerto Rico cost breakdown

I love keeping track of everything I spend on vacations. It helps me realize how do-able they really are, as long as you do them right, and use PERKS!

Again, the BEST perk I have right now is the Southwest Companion Pass. Brett will continue to fly for FREE for the entire year of 2017.

I'm hoping that at the end of next year, we can sign him up for the Southwest cards, so that I will be able to fly for free for the next 2 years after that. Especially now that our babies are starting to cost us points...we need all the perks we can get when flying!

I'm really hoping to get approved for the Chase Freedom card soon. But Chase is SO STRICT on their rules these days, they are making it a bit difficult. grrr. But it's a $0 annual fee, and 5% cash back in certain categories. So I would love to have that card be my "lifetime" card.

But I digress...

Below is how much we were able to save on our trip to Puerto Rico! I even added in the amount we spent on food and souvenirs, which I haven't done in the past.

Product: What I Paid: Actual Cost:
Southwest SLC to SJU
(Chase Southwest Premier&Plus, with Companion Pass)
$0.00 $750.00
Southwest Flights Taxes & Fees $33.60 $33.60
Expedia Rental Car with Alamo $75.46 $75.46
Toll Roads: $22.15 $22.15
Hyatt Place San Juan City Center
(Chase Hyatt Visa)
(2 nights)
$0.00 $252.00
Hotel Parking Fee $28.00 $28.00
Vieques Air Link
(Reimbursed with Capital One Venture Rewards)
$0.00 $144.00
(Reimbursed with Capital One Venture Rewards)
$0.00 $117.00
Car Rental from Airbnb Hostess $50.00 $50.00
Bioluminescent Tour with Abe's Snorkeling $110.00 $110.00
IHG Intercontinental San Juan
(Chase IHG Rewards Club Mastercard)
(1 night)
$0.00 $148.00
Hotel Parking Fee $20.00 $20.00
Food and Souvenirs $450.00 $450.00
TOTAL: $789.21 $2,200.21

To sum it all up, I spent only $789.21, for a family of 4!!!
Saving $1,411!
This makes my heart happy.


  1. You need to start a business!!! Advising people on how to save money when traveling!

  2. way to go! i miss traveling SO MUCH. i'm super proud of you. way to save, lady!!!