The Most Underrated Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Cities

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Bachelor and bachelorette parties are one of the highlights of preparing for a wedding, and they’re a great way to bring friends together for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. While cities like Las Vegas and Tulum are often considered go-to destinations, choosing a more unique location can make a bachelor or bachelorette trip even more memorable.

Below, we highlight five of the most underrated cities for an unforgettable weekend, and share tips on how to make the most of your special getaway using Southwest Airlines.

Miami, Florida

If you’re hoping for a fun time with friends, look no further than Miami. Often considered one of the top party destinations, Miami has something for everyone and caters to all types of travelers.

For those who love to lounge in the sun, Miami has some of the most pristine beaches in the country, and restaurants and culture abound in areas like Little Havana. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is another must-see location, and no weekend in Miami is complete without cocktails at one of the city’s rooftop bars.

Chicago, Illinois

While Chicago may be known as the “Windy City,” it’s also a wonderful place to explore with friends, and easy to get to whether flying into O’Hare or Midway. With stunning architecture and incredible restaurants, there’s no shortage of things to see and do during your stay.

For the foodies in your group, Michelin-starred restaurants like Acadia are a must, and we also recommend trying one of Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizzas. A downtown walking tour is a great way to enjoy some of the city’s beautiful buildings and you can cap off the day with drinks at one of Chicago’s bustling bars.

Long Beach, California

Located just south of Los Angeles and known as “LBC” to locals, Long Beach is famous for its beautiful beaches and arts and culture scene.

Depending on your group’s interests, you can enjoy a New Orleans-style crawfish boil during the Long Beach Crawfish Festival or check out a set from one of your favorite comedians at the Laugh Factory. For a relaxing day out, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is the perfect place to enjoy some downtime in a picturesque setting.

Austin, Texas

Few cities have enjoyed as much buzz in recent years as Austin, and for good reason. Often considered one of the top places for music and nightlife, Austin has some of the best live music in the country, and catching a show is an absolute must for any visitor.

With a wide variety of barbecue restaurants and Mexican eateries, Austin can easily satisfy your group’s food cravings. The food trucks are also worth checking out, and you can find them throughout the city. Pro tip: Since many chefs try out new food concepts via food trucks before opening a restaurant, some of the tastiest food in the city can be found on paper plates.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Although Myrtle Beach is often considered a family destination, it’s also a great place for a bachelor or bachelorette party. With 60 miles of beaches and world-renowned restaurants, this sunny city can help you relax and celebrate your upcoming nuptials in style.

For the best views and easiest access to beaches, we suggest staying at one of the oceanfront hotels. The Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes and The Cottages at North Beach Plantation are two popular favorites, and each offers a great combination of luxury and entertainment. If you’d like to experience some of the things that make the city truly unique, a trip to one of the city’s theme parks or an afternoon on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk will help you soak up some local flavor. Last but not least, don’t forget to get a massage—the city is known for having some of the best spas in the Southeast.  

With lots of travel options available, choosing the right destination comes down to what works best for you and your friend group. Regardless of where you decide to travel, the Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Credit Cards from Chase can help you book the ultimate getaway and earn Rapid Rewards points that don’t expire.

Rapid Rewards Plus Cardmembers now have even more opportunities to earn toward future travel with the new card benefits launched this past fall, like 2x points on local transit and commuting purchases, including rideshare; internet, cable, phone services; and select streaming purchases. With perks like two EarlyBird Check-in® credits per year, and 25% back on inflight purchases, Cardmembers get even more out of their everyday travel and spending for future adventures.

What’s more, every point earned with the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards count toward the coveted Companion Pass®, Cardmembers can bring a travel companion of their choice to fly with them for free (excluding taxes and fees from $5.60 one-way), every time they purchase or redeem points for a flight. Companion Pass is good for the remainder of the year you earn it plus the following calendar year so the savings can be huge depending on how many trips you take together. In turn, that could spell big savings for honeymoon travel.

As you and your friends start planning your bachelor or bachelorette adventure, considering an underrated city can make the festivities even more memorable. With the right information at hand and a way to save on flights, you can have the ultimate friend trip and start earning rewards points for future travel.


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