Belize is one of those easy to travel to international destinations. It’s a relatively short flight. Everyone speaks English. You can use airline miles to fly there for free. There are hotels in Belize to stay on points. So you could take a very inexpensive vacation in Belize.
Hotels in Belize to Stay on Points
We spent 8 days in Belize and were able to save money on accommodations by using hotel points.
Currently, there are only two hotels in Belize where you can use points to pay for your hotel stay. Previously there were three hotels but the Marriott no longer operates their hotel in Belize.
Here are the hotels in Belize where you can stay on points.
1. Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina
We stayed at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina on our last night in Belize.
The Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina can cost $173 or 38,000 points (standard room) or 57,000 points (premium room) per night.
If you have Concierge or Gold status with Club Carlson you’ll get:
- Early check-in
- Free room upgrade
- Welcome gift
- Free breakfast (Concierge members)
- Late check-out
Pro-tip: The Club Carlson cards charge foreign transaction fees. So don’t use your Club Carlson card outside the United States. Instead use a card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Barclays Arrival Plus.
2. Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza
The Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza can cost up to $199 or 32,000 points per night.
An up to 70,000 point sign-up bonus is available on the Best Western Premium MasterCard.
If you have Platinum, Diamond or Diamond Select status with Best Western you’ll get:
- Free room upgrade
- Welcome gift
Pro-tip: Best Western offers a no hassle free status match. So you can easily match your other hotel status to Best Western.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Hotel Points to Stay in Belize
Using points to save money on hotels is a good thing. But in Belize, you should not use hotel points for your entire trip. Because using points in Belize will cost you more money. Instead you should only use points for your first or last night.
Both the Radisson Fort George and Marina and the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza are in Belize City. Being in city center is great for some cities like New York, London, or Paris. But it’s not where you want to be in Belize.
When you travel to Belize you either want to stay on the beach or in the jungle. Because that’s where all the attractions and things to do are located.
If you stay in Belize City you’ll spend more money on transportation (rental car and gas, bus, ferry or plane) to get back and forth from the beach or jungle to your hotel.
You should only stay in the city if you arrive late or have an early flight home.
Vacations can be expensive. That’s why using hotel points can save you money when you travel. There are two hotels in Belize to stay on points: Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina and the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza.
But you shouldn’t use your hotel points in Belize.
But you should you use your airline miles and fly for free, especially if you have the Southwest Companion Pass.
Stay tuned for my review of the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina.
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