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I have a teenage son who is obsessed with tennis. He loves playing it, watching it and talking about it nonstop. In my family, the love of tennis started with just one kid, but now it has spread to my younger son and my husband.
Earlier this year, my husband and son had the opportunity to travel to the Laver Cup tournament in Boston. They both had a great time watching the top players hit in person. Since that trip, they have been dreaming about traveling to the US Open in New York.
I normally associate tennis with country clubs and high ticket prices. On TV, the cameras always pan to the celebrities and royalty that are watching in the stands. Last year at the US Open, we saw several stars in the stands including Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, Ben Stiller and more. However, tickets for the US Open are not always that expensive and start at just $25! (This blog is a great resource for ticket strategies).
With my son starting college in 2023, his schedule might not work to travel to the US Open. So, 2022 it is.
Using Points for Hotel Stay
The US Open takes place at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. It’s near the Mets-Willets Point Station, serviced by the 7 subway train.
It just so happens that I’m familiar with this area because my family stayed at the Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport during our first family trip to New York City. This hotel is only one subway stop away from the tennis center. We had a great experience at this Hyatt Place, so it was a no-brainer to book it for this event.
Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia is a Category 3 hotel that normally costs 12,000 points per night. However, during the two weeks of the US Open, it’s priced at its peak price of 15,000 points per night. That’s still a great deal, considering the cash price for a room during those dates is over $400 a night.
I booked 3 nights for a total of 45,000 World of Hyatt points.
Using Miles for Flights
I haven’t booked flights yet because we haven’t quite nailed down how many of us will be going. Hopefully, I will find decent award prices on AA or Southwest as the date gets closer.
This trip would be an expensive weekend trip if not for miles and points. I love the opportunities this miles and points hobby has given my family.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.