So I guess I'm sort of becoming one of those points people. I had to unfortunately cancel our WDW at the end of august but DH said he still wanted to do something. Why? Because he wanted to relax and he had been looking forward to something. So I had to come up with something that seemed fun but not as strenous.
So interestingly I found a us tickets to singapore. I managed to use miles on Alaska to fly to singpore for me and the two kids at 47.5k miles each. Then on the return I managed to use 58k miles on united for us to fly back. The fees for all of this was $216.50. We have layovers going through LAX and returning through SFO. I paid $50 each = $150 for us to choose our seats going. DH I bought his tickets same flights with seat selection for $1649.65 for a grand total of $2060 for 4 round trip tickets. Then we are going for 4 days and three nights to Krabi, Thailand. Roundtrip those tickets with seats for 4 were $544.74. Our flights total was $2605.54.
I tentatively have booked a hotel for one night before we leave, 3 nights in Krabi, and I'm waiting for a few more miles to seal the hotel we want in singapore for points mostly. The krabi was $2318 for 3 nights, i'm not sure if we should spend that much. It's a lot because we needed 2 rooms. In asia it's very common to not be able to fit a family of 4 in 1 room. So you typically need to book two rooms. The beds and rooms are small. There are other cheaper hotels so I haven't decided yet if we are keeping this "resort" style hotel or downgrading. I also booked our last night in Singapore somewhere fancy and that was $844.59. That I think we are keeping. That indulgence had been suggested to us and I really do want to stay there.
So for hotels so far $3163.57 plus the points for the other 5 nights and $400 cash at a marriott. What's left? I was looking at GoCitycards, about $1000 USD for activities, $320 for upgraded singapore universal passes (only me and the kids). DH will likely just walk around and not ride anything. Amusement parks in Asia are different and very interesting. The food is really fun and cool and so different. Typically the parks are busy but not crazy like the US, probably because it's not a "thing" in asia. But we like to see their take on amusement parks.
Then food in singapore and thailand? I plan on a couple of michelin restaurants but they are going to be the food stalls. I am not sure I feel like eating at a super fancy or expensive michelin place with the kids. And typically in Asia we tend to just stop and eat whatever looks interesting. And food is usually so good and so cheap.
My goal had been under $5k. If I cancel the krabi hotel and go to a really cheap hotel (I am out of points) I think we could do it. But I'm not sure I want to do that. I spent more than i was expecting on flights around $2500. When I started pricing it out I thought I could do it for $1000. But DH flights and paying for seat selections ended up more than I thought.
But we'll see. I'm sure people are curious how much bang for the buck I can get. Personally I got a lot of bang I feel from my miles for 3 of our tickets. And our hotel points I also got a lot of bang for the buck so far.