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The Papagayo Peninsula

Looking to escape from civilization and teleport to paradise? Then look no further than Costa Rica. Known as the birthplace of ecotourism, Costa Rica has devoted over one fourth of its land to national parks, wildlife reserves and protected lands.

The Papagayo Peninsula, located on the northwest corner of the Costa Rica, embodies this devotion even further. 70% of the peninsula is natural and development-free, leaving you in the middle of oceanfront paradise, luxurious seclusion, and perfect weather.

Step outside of the peninsula and you’ll be awestruck by all the region has to offer. Packed with lush rainforests including the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (which hosts 2.5% of the entire world’s biodiversity), too many incredible national parks to list, the famous Arenal Volcano, bird and other wildlife watching, and seemingly infinite rivers and waterfalls, you’ll have almost too many amazing activities to pick from.

 THE MAJESTIC ARENAL VOLCANO CAN BE SEEN FROM MILES AWAY

THE MAJESTIC ARENAL VOLCANO CAN BE SEEN FROM MILES AWAY

There truly is no more perfectly balanced getaway than Papagayo. You’ll be able to relax in luxury, dine like royalty at the peninsula’s excellent restaurants, and discover Costa Rica’s treasured nature and wildlife when you’re feeling up for adventure.


The Trip

You and your partner will be spending 6 days and 5 nights at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort. The Andaz is located on the Papagayo Peninsula—an ultra luxurious and privately gated eco-resort—where you’ll be perfectly positioned to both relax in style, and enjoy the boundless surrounding nature that Costa Rica is so famous for.

If you’re looking to unwind and indulge in relaxation, then there’s no better place to stay than the Andaz. The hotel has spared no expense, with multiple infinity pools (including an adults-only pool), two private beaches, three top-class restaurants, and the unforgettable Onda Wellness Spa. The spa is widely praised for its charming peacefulness and seemingly infinite list of natural treatments, including an amazing couples treatment.

 OVERLOOKING THE BAY AND SURROUNDED BY RAINFOREST, YOU’LL FEEL AS IF YOU’RE IN YOUR OWN PRIVATE RETREAT. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE  ANDAZ PAPAGAYO

OVERLOOKING THE BAY AND SURROUNDED BY RAINFOREST, YOU’LL FEEL AS IF YOU’RE IN YOUR OWN PRIVATE RETREAT. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ANDAZ PAPAGAYO

And if you feel like being a bit more active, the Andaz sits on the pristine Culebra Bay where you can partake in a variety of water activities (many included for free with your stay) and is steps from the world famous Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course and the Marina Papagayo.

Staying in such spectacular paradise, you could spend the entire trip without leaving the hotel (and we wouldn’t blame you!). However, we’d recommend taking a tour of one of the many surrounding natural wonders. Take a hike and zipline through the rainforest, dive into blue waterfalls, or ATV around the famous Arenal volcano—the opportunities to enjoy Costa Rica’s incredible nature are endless.

To get to Papagayo, you’ll travel on American Airlines economy and fly into Liberia, Costa Rica during the dry season (February – April). American offers a wide selection of flight times to Liberia from virtually anywhere in the United States, giving you flexibility when planning travel. From Liberia Airport, the Andaz is a short 30 minute ride away. Paradise awaits!


The Cards To Make It Happen

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Each of you will sign up for one of our favorite hotel cards, and only one of you will also have to get the airline card to get you both there--allowing you to book this trip for next to nothing:

AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red World Elite Mastercard®

Grants you a 60,000 mile sign-up bonus, which is enough for two round trips to Liberia, Costa Rica when booking an AA Mile SAAver award (15,000 miles each way). Although the $95 annual is not waived the first year, getting the bonus only requires making one purchase.

With 60,000 points in the bag, both your round-trips are covered from most major US cities.

The Hyatt Credit Card

Grants you a 40,000 point sign-up bonus redeemable at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide. The card comes with a $75 annual fee, but you get one free night at a hotel level 1-4 every year when you renew the card, making it easily worth it. To get this bonus you’ll need to spend $3,000 in the first three months.

With rooms starting at 15,000 points per night, your five nights will also be covered—and even leave you some extra to use for your next trip.


Booking & Cost

Once you have the sign-up bonuses, booking is easy!

Simply give Hyatt a call so you can sync up both you and your partner’s points.  For your flights, you can book directly on AmericanAirlines.com and selecting the "Booking With Miles?” option when searching for flights.

How much you’ll pay: $192.40

The total covers both your stays and round-trip flights, and includes the annual fees for both Hyatt cards, the American Airlines card, and the American Airlines award booking fees.

Cash value of the trip: $4,929+

A huge price tag, this is the lowest cost you’ll find if you picked the cheapest flights—which might not be at the best times or from the most convenient airports.

How much you saved: $4,736+ (96% OFF!)

Enjoy the “Pura Vida”!