A Free Delta Trip To Denver For The NFL Second Round Playoffs, A Savings of $1,800

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My 11 year old son, Mason, is a huge Broncos fan!  He has made my husband, Rob, somewhat of a Broncos fan as well.  Once we knew the Broncos were playing home in the second round of playoffs, Mason, started a very impressive, determined, endless pursuit to find reasonably prices tickets for the Denver playoff game.  Guess what–he did!
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We decided to explore the possibility of Rob actually taking him, and we decided that if I could work my magic and get them free flights and hotel, then they would go. Of course I could work my magic!  A few months back, Rob got 50,000 Delta miles for applying for and meeting the $1,000 minimum spend requirement on his American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Card.  When I went to look up flights, I found convenient direct Delta flights for 25,000 miles each.  Perfect! I must admit, at the time, I did not look at the price of the flights.  I thought the 25k requirement was very reasonable compared to what I have seen from Delta in the past.  So I booked the tickets, using Rob’s 50,000 Delta miles.

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Fast forward, the Colts advance to the second round of playoffs and are playing in Denver.  Don’t forget, Manning used to play for the Colts.  This is going to be a big game!  I just looked at the price of their plane tickets now.  They are $765 each.  Maybe because of the increased demand because of the Colts, maybe not.  Regardless, we got a very sweet deal using miles!

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Remember, part of the deal was that they needed to stay for free as well.  Easy!  Although I did try to book them first at the Westin in Denver, this hotel was sold out.  Instead, I booked them at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, an SPG Category 4, Starwood Resort.  This room was 10,000 Starpoints per night for nights.  The room would have cost about $150 per night.  A savings of $300. Maybe at this low rate, we should have paid for the rooms, but we have a lot of Starwood points to play with, and after all, the free hotel was part of the deal we made.  Go Broncos!