I snapped this photo from the balcony of our room @sheratoncomo on the morning we left Lake Como. We had spent 5 wonderful days exploring the area, celebrating the wedding of our friends, and making special memories with my parents and my son. What we weren't leaving with, however, was a huge credit card bill because almost our entire trip was free!
We had just returned from two weeks in Australia (also using points, but that's another story!) when our friends told us their wedding was going to be in Lake Como and not Chicago, like they'd originally planned. We were excited but a little nervous because a trip to Lake Como was not in the budget! But, after a little investigating, I knew we could make it work. Here's how we did it:
Hubby flew to Europe for business, and our flights were free using Delta Skymiles accumulated through our travels and our credit card. We used Marriott points to pay for our hotel room and my parents' room for 5 nights that we accumulated with stays and a Marriott cobranded credit card. The hotel is Category 5, and had a promotion of buying 4 nights and getting the 5th night free. As Titanium Elite members, we had an awesome free breakfast buffet at the hotel every day, and access to the Elite Lounge for drinks and snacks throughout the day, along with a hearty aperitivo in the evening that was more than enough for my son (who went to bed long before Italians eat dinner) and parents. Hubby and I had dinner at the wedding festivities every evening. All told, we spent less than $100 for five days in Lake Como.
Obviously the wedding festivities helped us keep our spending down, but our brand loyalty and credit cards ultimately are what made this trip possible for us. The whole experience was once-in-a-lifetime, and I'm so thankful we were able to make it work!
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