How to book 5 spring break dream getaways with points and miles
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest flight and hotel availability for Spring 2022.
With the holiday season long gone and summer still far ahead, the time has come for one of the most anticipated vacation periods of the year: spring break. Thanks to the scattered scheduling of spring break recess across the nation, there are tons of opportunities to cash in those points and miles you’ve been saving up to save big during this vacation period — even at the last minute.
Today we’ll take a look at some flight and hotel options — available as of this writing — that would make for an unforgettable spring break getaway, even for adults. Note that, to best align with school breaks, all sample trips in this post are five to seven nights long and have either weekend or Monday departures and weekend or Friday returns.
While you may be able to leverage Marriott or Hilton’s fifth-night-reward benefit on your award booking, for simplicity’s sake, we’ve decided not to factor in that discount when discussing nightly rates (though they may appear in the images below), since not everyone will be traveling for the same number of nights.
Miami is the place to be for a quintessential action-packed spring break experience. Although you’d typically never run out of things to do there anyway, events like Miami Music Week and the Miami Beach Gay Pride festival make spring an especially exciting time to visit the city. There’s an influx of fabulous points hotels right in the heart of South Beach, and finding award flights to get there isn’t too challenging, either.
Since it’s one of America’s busiest airports, it’s a breeze to find flights to get you to and from Miami International Airport (MIA). Although American is the only airline to have a hub at MIA, all three major U.S. legacy carriers offer plenty of award options from across the country. Other airlines like JetBlue and Southwest serve MIA as well now, though you’ll still find more options out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which is about an hour away. Although it is probably the most comfortable way to travel between New York and Miami, unfortunately, BLADEone flights can’t be booked with points.
American Airlines currently offers flights to the Sunshine State from just 12,000 AAdvantage miles round-trip through its dynamically priced Web Special awards. The low fares are available from cities throughout the nation, including ones on the East Coast such as New York City, and ones on the West Coast, such as Los Angeles. Web Specials don’t have all the usual American Airlines Basic Economy limitations, but they cannot be changed once ticketed — just canceled. Regular MileSAAver economy awards will set you back 25,000 miles round-trip, or 15,000 miles for flights under 500 miles.
Delta prices its awards more dynamically. The lowest fares out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in March and April start at 9,000 SkyMiles round-trip but can sometimes cost double that.