This summer was one of the odder ones for travel for the Michael W Travels family.
With Kim grounded from flying until Baby W Travels arrives, Lucas and I set off on three little adventures. The way it worked was that for three weeks in a row, we flew on a Monday morning and got back home early Friday evening.
We basically came home each week to visit Kim for the weekend!
Our third and final summer escape was to Indianapolis, Indiana. Lucas and I got back from the trip a couple of weeks ago and I still wanted to share all of the trip planning details.
When I mentioned that we were going to Indianapolis (just like Boise), I was asked why we were going there.
I basically chose Indy for similar reasons as Boise.
- I’ve never been to the state of Indiana and it wasn’t a place that Kim minded we visit without her.
- I have lots of Southwest points and a Companion Pass expiring on 12/31/16. Flights to Indianapolis didn’t seem to be pricey but for our last trip I wanted a destination that I could fly to direct on Southwest.
- Indianapolis seemed to have some solid, kid- friendly things to do.
Here are the details of what went into my trip planning for Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Flights: We flew roundtrip with Southwest Airlines
- New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
- Indianapolis International Airport (IND) to New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
I originally booked the flight for 13,581 Southwest points. I kept checking the prices when the airline ran sales and eventually got the flight for 10,967. (To get the refund, I called Southwest and they basically refunded the original points and rebooked me at the lower amount.)
Taxes for the flight cost $11.20 per person. Since I booked my flight with the Southwest Companion Pass, all I paid for Lucas was tax!
This brought the total cost for our flights to 10,967 Southwest points + $22.40.
During the trip, we needed 4 nights of accommodations. Due to a couple of expiring offers that I had along with a promo, I ended up booking 3 places for our stay. This was definitely not ideal but also not really a big deal since we had a rental car. It also kept costs down for the trip.
Here are the properties we stayed at:
- Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham– I had a credit expiring with Hotels.com for $46.77 so I searched there for a moderately priced room. I was able to book the Microtel for $71.76. My credit brought the stay down to a bargain $24.99.
- Super 8 Indianapolis– There was an offer from Wyndham Rewards to earn 5,000 bonus points for booking a stay through the app. This enticed me enough to book a one night stay at Super 8. The cost of came to $69.03.
- Country Inn & Suites Indianapolis Airport South (2 nights)- I had a Club Carlson free night certificate expiring in the middle of August and no other trips planned. Since Kim isn’t traveling for now, I used my e-certificate to book one of nights. For the second night I used 15,000 Gold Points.
The total cost for 4 nights in Indianapolis came to $94.02 + one Club Carlson Free Night E-Cert & 15,000 Club Carlson Gold Points.
The toughest part of booking this trip was finding a decent deal on a car rental. I looked for weeks and waited until a few days before our trip to book a car. I was checking various sites like Hotwire, AutoSlash and CarRentals.com and couldn’t find anything cheaper than $210+.
Finally I found a rental with AutoSlash for $206 and reluctantly booked it. A day or so later, AutoSlash e-mailed me with a better deal so I switched it. I ended up booking with Payless and the 4 day rental came to $199.56.
Definitely no bargain but even the lady at the rental desk said prices have been extremely high recently. She thought it might be due to a NASCAR race, the Brickyard 400 which took place the previous weekend, ending the day before we arrived in Indy.
Total Trip Costs: 25,967 Points + 1 Club Carlson Free Night + $315.98
Overall, this was a very economical getaway. If not for a pricey rental car, I feel this trip could’ve been around $100 cheaper. Lucas and I had a nice time in Indy. The city has a bunch of kid- friendly things to do so it was definitely a fun visit. It was also nice to get to visit another state!
Have you visited Indianapolis?
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