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NorthernLass 6,611 posts

I managed to book 3 weeks mostly in the Florida Keys over Xmas and New Year, the vast majority of which has been paid for with avios and points. There are still award seats and points nights to be had if you have stashes of these and can be a bit creative/flexible.
Itinerary for 3 of us (so 2 rooms) is UK to DC in F using a 241. 4 nights in DC for cash. DC to Key West with avios on AA. 15 nights in Key West, Marathon and Key Largo on Bonvoy and HH points. 2 nights at IC Doral for cash. Avios flights home from MIA in Y but with extra leg room seats for cash.
The main outlay has been the hire car (which was £1200 for 18 days but even that feels reasonable compared to some rates I’ve seen), and the surcharges on the avios booking!

*In fact with the cheapest hotel rooms hovering around $500 pn, this could be one of the rare times that it’s worth buying points if another bonus offer crops up. The exception to this is IHG who are currently charging around 100k pn for Holiday Inns!!

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