Friday, July 13, 2012

Trip Report: Independent holiday San Jose/Santa Cruz/Santa Maria/Santa Barbara/Yosemite National Park Part 2

Day2, we stopped at Hearst Castle, $24 adult admission and last bus tour is 6pm, highly recommend.

We stayed that day at Radission Santa Maria, I paid a little over $100 and my Club Carson 50,000 points posted 3 days later.

Day3, we stopped over in Santa Barbara for a few hours, the beach is ok, nothing special and it took us a few hours driving to Fresno, CA where I redeemed a 15,000 points for Country Inn.

Day4~5, I booked 2 free nights with Jr Suite @ Springfield INN by Marriott Medara, CA 60 miles to Yosemite National Park entrance and the hotel is very new and breakfast is included and only cost 10,000 points per night.
Day 6, we stopped over at Google and Apple headquarters and had a very nice Chinese meal at Cupertino Village Shopping Center where tons of choice of good Chinese food before we were on boarding our flight back to Seattle.

Its not a long trip, the saving was huge though, make sure you get your Southwest companion pass once the 50,000 miles offer reinstates and i will keep you in the loop, no worries. in the meantime, get the Chase PC/Marriott or AMEX SPG cards to gain the free nights.

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