In our third travel rewards credit card point redemption we ended up in a destination quite unexpected for this itinerary.
The tiny island of Mauritius was never on our hit list for this trip, primarily because we never saw a way to incorporate a flight to this coveted paradise without busting our budget.
But as it turned out, when flying from Mumbai to Cape Town, the carrier Air Mauritius was the cheapest for our dates (~$650 per ticket- still the most cost-effective in the long run).
The best part? Stopovers on this tropical island nation are allowed at no extra charge!
When we saw a Hilton room was available on a beautiful beach for 40,000 points per night, well within our remaining points balance, we decided to book three nights and increase our overall stay on the island to five.
A free hotel stay, no extra charge on our plane tickets, and a beautiful island paradise? I challenge anyone to say no to that, even if it does mean a bit of a splurge on the remaining days.