Tired of giving ties or socks but not sure how to celebrate this Father’s Day? Consider using rewards points this time around to take your dad on an one-of-a-kind trip like: Go on a golf outing, share a baseball game, visit a dynamic city or step out into nature. Here are five Father's Day travel ideas that can put all of your sibiling’s gifts to shame:
The historic ballpark in Boston celebrates Father’s Day with a “Walk in the Park” event. On Sunday, June 7, fans have the chance to stroll the warning track, sit in the dugouts and meet Red Sox alumni for autographs -- all at no cost. If you’re going, there’s no closer place to stay than Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Back Bay/Fenway. Overlooking the park, the luxury hotel has a rooftop deck that’s a superb spot for a pre-game gathering. You can book a deluxe guestroom using 40,000 Marriott Rewards points. (Wondering how much is are Marriott points worth? Check out our Award Travel Report (4): Marriott Points Valuation)
Is your father an avid golfer? Perhaps you can take him to one of the most stunning golf courses in Costa Rica. Take advantage of the Marriott Golf Links loyalty program and use Marriott Rewards points for greens fees, your hotel and even golf instruction. You can earn 1,000 points for every $100 dollars you spend at the exclusive La Iguana Golf Course. The pristine 18-hole championship course is tucked between lush rainforest and shimmering Pacific Ocean waters on Costa Rica’s western shore. Treat dad to a seaside stay at the adjacent Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort and give him the Father’s Day gift of a lifetime.
Aer Lingus recently expanded its routes from the United States, making it a perfect time to visit Dublin. Board a flight departing from cities including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto using 13,000 Avios points. Trips from towns including Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle will set you back 16,250 Avios points. To stay close to the capital’s centre yet away from the bustle, consider the InterContinental Dublin. The upscale getaway is a 20-minute walk to the heart of the city. You’re in luck if dad is a tennis player. With 24 courts, the hotel has the country’s largest indoor tennis facility. You can use 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points or $477 to book your stay.
Sin City isn't only for the young. See live music with old-school crooners and classic rockers. Catch a Cirque du Soleil spectacular or an inspiring magic show. The Fremont Street Experience’s light show is a must-see for all ages. You’ll also have just about any dining experience you can dream of, from high-end steakhouses to bountiful buffets. The Bellagio is a great place to have a shared experience with dad. Wander the light-filled atrium of the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens to see magnificent floral displays.
Of course, you can’t miss the Bellagio’s famed fountains and lake. Gain points while you gamble with the Mlife program, earning Express Comps that you can use for entertainment, dining and accommodations. Another good place to stay is The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Our AwardTraveler, Allen had a good time when he stayed at the wrap around Terrace Suite as a last year.
Delta Airlines has just made it easier to visit one of the best-kept secrets in Europe. The carrier now has non-stop flights from New York to the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago that's paradise for those seeking outdoor adventure in a relaxed environment. Enjoy lush forests that meet brilliant blue lakes. Trek across a volcanic landscape with hot springs, rugged grottos and gently sloped calderas. With year-round sperm whales in the Atlantic waters offshore, you’d be remiss not to take dad on a whale-watching tour.
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