We booked our flight from Denver to Belize on award miles which meant that we got the most roundabout routing possible – a night in Dallas, a night in Miami, then finally arriving in Belize on our third day of travel.
We arrived into Dallas quite late and left early the following morning. Our goal was to get a clean, cheap room with a free airport shuttle.
Finding the Hotel
To find hotels near the DFW airport, I used Kayak which allowed me to filter hotels that offered an airport shuttle. I was then able to sort by price. The clear winner to me was the Quality Inn DFW Dallas Airport since it was low priced and offered a free shuttle.
There was a little hesitation before I made the reservation. I read mixed reviews on TripAdvisor but ultimately figured even if it was bad, we would only be there for several hours.
Booking the Hotel
Saving every dollar that I can, I booked a prepaid room which is always slightly cheaper than booking a standard room.
To maximize the number of airline miles that I earned on this hotel stay, I booked my reservation through the American Airlines shopping portal which gave me 3 points per dollar spent at Choice Hotels. Even though many shopping portals have the same stores, American is the only shopping portal which earns miles on hotel stays.
I set my preference for my Choice Privileges account to earn Southwest Airline points. While you can credit to other airline partners, Southwest offers 600 points per night, a better value than the other airlines.
I was delighted that I was able to “triple dip” on earning points for this booking:
- Earning 3 points per dollar for booking through the shopping portal
- Crediting my stay to my Southwest account
- Getting double points for travel expenses through my Chase Sapphire card
The shuttle only makes runs to pick up people at the airport when they receive a call. We called the hotel and shortly after the shuttle picked us up. While the van was in a little bit of rough shape, the driver was safe and it got us to where we needed to go.
You can tell when you approach the hotel that it is dated but they are working at improving it. The lobby of the hotel was recently remodeled and they are working at updating the hallways. It still has a ways to go but I appreciate that they are making the effort to modernize the hotel.
Our room price included breakfast which was the standard continental breakfast fare – freshly made waffles, several hot food options, bread, pastries, yogurt and cereal. While this is nothing to write home about, it was certainly better than paying airport prices. We both enjoyed a bowl of cereal before catching the shuttle to the airport for our flight.
I was excited to book a king size bed as I knew that once we hit the road for our around the world trip anything larger than a full would be rare. The hotel does offer smoking rooms but we were able to book a non-smoking room and did not have any issues with smelling any smoke anywhere around the hotel.
When we first walked into the room we were both taken aback by the strange setup of the room. Right when you walked in there was a sink. The sink was located next to the bathroom door which contained the toilet and shower. While it was set up much differently than most hotels which have a separated sink, it was nice to be able to wash up when Andy was showering.
Even though the bathroom was dated, the room itself was clean which was what was most important to us. The bed was comfortable and we both slept well.
While the Quality Inn Dallas airport isn’t the nicest hotel that I have ever stayed at, for our purposes it was perfect. The price was extremely reasonable, breakfast was included, the room was clean and shuttle service was great.
I hope that the hotel continues to make improvements to the building and rooms themselves as I believe that this hotel could be quite good if it was given the love that it needed.