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Lie Flat Biz to Colombia <$500 out of JFK ( How I'd book a weekend trip to Colombia )

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I have planned many a trip to Bogota, but never pulled the trigger. This time may be different. The world is slowly opening up, and just yesterday…I booked my first post lockdown trip to Japan in December. Will I go back to back days and book another trip to Colombia?! Maybe.  Thanks to Skip over at Luxury Flight Club for finding this deal that is downright incredible. Fly roundtrip to Bogota, Colombia for under $500 roundtrip in Biz on Delta. Lie Flat

When can I book this deal?

  • JFK to BOG
  • Delta Airlines
  • April to November
  • Skip found rates as low as $440
  • This is his link…

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The Search on Google Flights

Click this link and search away. I have it plugged in for some dates in October, but you can fiddle around. These prices are for two people roundtrip.

How would you fly?

Delta flies 767s that don’t feature the new Delta One with the doors, etc. It’s a 6 hour flight, which to be honest, is short enough that under normal circumstances is right at the threshold I think flying business makes a difference. It’s a day flight, so you’ll probably watch a couple of movies, eat a snack, and arrive in a time zone 1 hour before the one you left.

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The Hotel Options I’m considering most

The are a few hotel options I’ve drooled over for several years. I’ll break down a few options, but I’ve always considered the Grand Hyatt Bogota and one of the two Four Seasons hotels. The Casa Media Four Seasons looks incredibly quaint, sophisticated, and perfectly ingrained into the landscape. But…the Grand Hyatt Bogota has insane views, and it substantially cheaper. You know I love a deal…and we could always have dinner at the FS. Let’s look at the choices.

Grand Hyatt Bogota

  • Category 3 – 12k points per night
  • Rate – $105+

Honestly the hotel itself could be anywhere in the world, but the views look amazing. I need to do more research to see if the area has many walkable sites, but at this price…incredible. I’m also Globalist so I’d have club access and breakfast guaranteed.

If you’re looking at doing a couples trip…it has two bedrooms suites for $400 a night.

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Four Seasons

There are two Four Seasons hotels in Bogota. The one I’m most interested in staying at is the Four Seasons Casa Medina Bogota.

  • I’d book via Amex FHR, Virtuoso, or Four Seasons Preferred Partner
  • Rates are $300+

The big question…is it worth splurging on a hotel when we will probably be out and about a lot and could book a really nice room at the Grand Hyatt for a fraction? It would depend on the area to me…

Marriott

There are two Marriott Options I’d be most interested in. The JW Marriott and the W. My fiancee has Marriott Platinum Status which would provide free breakfast and hopefully a nice upgrade.

JW Marriott

  • Category 5 – 30k to 40k points ( Free Night certificates from many credit cards could work )
  • Rates – $180-$350 a night

Surprisingly the hotel was quite expensive when compared to the Grand Hyatt which is what would have priced it against. Again, I’ll need to research the areas a bit more. Again..this hotel looks as though it could be anywhere in the world when compared to the Four Seasons and the price is basically the same.

W Bogota

If I were to choose between the JW and W…I’m just more of a traditional decor type of guy. If you’re into the night scene, trendy bars, etc…W may be more your style. However..the big difference is cost – W is pricing in over 50% of the JW on many dates I was looking to travel.

  • Category 5 – 30k to 40k points ( Free Night certificates from many credit cards could work )
  • Rates – From $100+

How I would book the flights

At this price, I’d just pay cash. The big thing to note here is that these prices are Changeable/NonRefundable – so if I couldn’t end up taking this trip, I’d be left with a Delta credit that I would look to apply to another Delta trip.

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Also…Delta notifies you that you’ll need to present a negative Covid test 96 hours prior to departure. Looking more at the Oct/Nov timeframe this may change, or they many amend this as vaccinations roll out.a white rectangular object with blue text

Credit Cards I would use to Book it

There are a wide range of cards that earn bonus points on travel

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