We're flying in to San Diego, making our way up the coast, and flying home from San Francisco the following week. Everything is booked (we slowly made reservations over the past few months to spread out the cost) so the only thing left is making a playlist and lots of anticipation. :)
We used a Southwest credit card to earn free flights. Southwest Airlines offers a credit card that allows you to earn points for every dollar you spend. Plus, if you spent more than $3000 in the first three months, you got a bonus 50,000 points. Those bonus points plus normal spending for a few additional months were enough to get us free flights to and from California. Score! (Side note - we pay our credit card off in full each month, so this was worth it because we had no interest charges.)
We booked at Hilton for 2 nights to score free Lego Land tickets. Mr. G is pumped about this. Lego Land tickets are normally $75 a person for adults, so while the Hilton's rates are about $20 higher than other hotels in the area, we're still coming out ahead. I see a lot of photo shoots with Lego statues in my future!
We're staying in some small towns. Hotels in big cities are more expensive, so we have a few stops along the way in tiny towns with much more reasonable rates. This way we still get a taste of LA and San Fran, but without spending a mortgage payment on accommodations.
How do you save money on vacation? Do you have any trips coming up?