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The infamous Fyre Festival — the disaster that just won’t go away — hit our radar again on Monday when the island featured in the promotional video went up for sale.
In case you’ve been living under a rock since 2017, Fyre Festival was the fraudulent music event hosted by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule. Yes, the one with the cheese sandwiches.
Two years later, and Fyre Festival remains a popular Internet legend and source of endless memes. (Oh, and did we mention the documentaries are on both Hulu and Netflix?) So, when we caught wind that the island where the promotional video was filmed had gone up for sale, our attention was piqued. The private island, known as Saddleback Cay, is located in the group of Bahamian islands known as Exuma. It has seven beaches, a main house and even some cottages, according to CBS News.
The only downside? It will cost you a cool $11.8 million — down from a one-time high of $14 million.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly have $12 million to drop on a private island right now. But fear not, because we are The Points Guy, so we have a few other ideas to scratch the itch for a trip to the Bahamas.
Because it’s just a short flight from the East Coast of the US, you don’t need to shell out all of your precious points and miles to get there. One of the best redemptions is using 15,000 British Airways Avios to fly American Airlines round-trip from Charlotte (CLT), Miami (MIA) or Philadelphia (PHL) to Lynden Pindling International (NAS) in Nassau — but there are plenty of other great ways to get to the Bahamas using points and miles.
As far as hotels, we suggest The Cove Atlantis or the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. The Cove is a Category 7 Marriott hotel, so right now, it will cost you 60,000 points per night. (Sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card and you’ll get 75,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months — that’s more than enough to cover one night of your trip.) If Hyatt is more your speed, you can easily transfer your Chase points over, so you’ll be poolside in no time.
But if you just can’t get the dreamy images of a private island stay out of your head, it’s also possible to book a private island resort with points. Yes, you read that correctly: You can stay on a private island for (basically) free. The points rates don’t come cheap, of course, but if you’re sitting on a stash of them, might as well put them to good use, right? Whether you want to stay close to home at Scrub Island or venture to the other side of the world to have your dream trip at the St. Regis Maldives, your points and miles can make you feel like royalty.
Cheese sandwiches not included, though.
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