I remember a couple of family trips to Yellowstone Park from when I was young. I always enjoyed looking for a bear, seeing Ol’ Faithful, and enjoying cool mountain air (especially since we were coming from Arizona for summers). In those days, it was a sacrifice for my family to take us there because my dad was a school administrator. These days it is so affordable to travel hack and create those family memories. I am sure my dad would have loved Friday Family Vacation to Yellowstone Park.
There are not a lot of hotels that you can book with points and miles in Yellowstone Park. There is a Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, but it books up quickly, so plan accordingly. It books for about 64K IHG points/night. You can get two of these IHG cards (refer P2 for one) and book a 4-night stay. Remember, as a cardholder, the 4th night is free when you book 3 award nights.
You could also stay at a different hotel in the area if you have a Capital One Venture Card and use the “purchase eraser” feature after charging your stay on the card.
Another option you could consider is the Marriott Springhill Suites Island Park. This hotel is very family friendly with 2 queens and a sofa bed/trundle. You’ll also enjoy free breakfast here. The hotel is about 25-30 minutes from the park entrance. Prices here range from about 41,000-66,000 points night. This could be a good use of your 35K or 50K free night certificates (with some points to top them off). Check out this post to see the current Marriott card offers.
These are the cards that could pay for your lodging:
The nearest airport to Yellowstone is West Yellowstone (WYS). Delta flights will connect into SLC from many cities and then fly there. It is also reasonable to fly into Salt Lake City, rent a car, and then drive to Yellowstone National Park, about 5 hours away.
You can fly into Bozeman, Montana from Denver and many other cities and then drive 2 hours to West Yellowstone also.
These are some of the credit cards you could use for flights:
Our Friday Family Vacation to Yellowstone Park shows you how easy it is to travel hack with your family to national parks in the United States. While many people want to travel to the beach or a big city, a large number of families look forward to visiting many of the national parks. Yellowstone is a major family travel destination. Make it happen with points and miles, and let your children have some of those magical memories that I have (for a fraction of the cost)!
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