I just counted them up and it is a total of 61 nights on the road from April 5th til June 5th when we arrive home. That is a lot of hotel nights to find for free. Some will be easy in blocks of a week at a time, but others in remote towns (Cuzco and Siem Reap come to mind) may be tougher to get.
The first two nights will be easy ones. I’ll use Wyndham best rate guarantees for April 5th on Hilton Head Island and the same source for April 6th at the Savannah airport or close by.
The coordination involves not only the city but other variables as well. For example, we arrive in Lima Peru at 9:30 PM and hope to take an 5:40 AM flight to Cuzco. That means an airport hotel as oppossed to going into the city.
In Sao Paulo, which is all I could get for Iguazu Falls, we’ll want to leave town immediately to Iguazu or Buenos Aires depending on flight times and hotel availability and we still need to get to Rio for our flight to Europe and find a place in Rio. I wonder if I can get an award flight LIM-CUZ and/or SAO to IGU?
But Europe may be the toughest ticket of all. The hotel rates are outrageous without award nights. I’ve even thought about getting overnight trains and sleeping compartments but they won’t be free either.
So here are the locations again and if you have any ideas or know of decent accommodations ( preferably within hotel chains) please let me know. Every little tip will go towards this Frugal experience of a lifetime.
Lima Peru, Cuzco, Peru, Sao Paulo Brazil, Buenos Aires Argentina, Rio DeJaniero Brazil, Zurich Switzerland and two weeks in Europe( mainly Austria and Switzerland but could go east from there), Bangkok Thailand, Siem Reap Cambodia, Phuket Thailand, Sydney Australia and lastly I have the 11 nights in Maui and Kauai already booked.
Out of pocket costs so far are $303 each in taxes for the OneWorld Business Class Award Ticket.
Maybe we should have some kind of contest to guess the airfare and lodging costs for this extravaganza?
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