As I posted yesterday, I’m planing a December trip to Hawaii and will spend 17 days there. I showed yesterday how I’m flying to Hawaii from Charleston, SC for $1900 with the main part of trip in First Class.
Today I’m sharing a deal I found for 10 nights at the Sheraton Kona for 80,000 points. I have a friend who booked 5 nights there (for a portion of the time I’m there) for 40,000 points. This 10-day period overlaps Christmas and New Years Eve when prices sky rocket.
The best available rate for the same 10-day period is a pre-paid rate of $219 plus taxes. For 10 nights the cost, before taxes, would have been $2,190. That would have blown my entire budget with 7 additional nights to fill.
Now I’m looking to book 7 nights which I’ll be splitting primarily between Kauai and Maui. Frugal Travel Guy gave me the great idea of staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai and I can use Chase Ultimate Rewards for that. I have Hilton and Marriott points that can be used as well, so as I plan those nights I’ll share the plans here as well. I’m hoping to find some good points deals!
ten days is way to long in kona and really on the big island. try the Hilton waikoloa resort for a couple nights the other side of kona
I will look at the Hilton @Rick, Thanks!
Yes, I would take some days from the Big Island and give them to Kauai – you can’t see all of the BI in 7 or even 10 days, but you can get a really good overview of Kauai (it’s much smaller) in 7 days – and start making the list of all the things you want to do on your return trip… =]
What about the Chase Hyatt card for the two free nights? We’re staying at the Hyatt for the our last two nights (after 5 nights in a house in Hanalei) and are debating using UR points or getting the Hyatt card…
Make sure to go to the green sand beach on Big Island. Most southern most part of the island. Is a trek to get there, but worth it. Will need an SUV, by car will require a very long hike
Oh yeah, and before you head to the green sand beach. Head on over to Punaluu Bake Shop. Best malasadas on the island! Way better than Tex Drive-In.
@The Mystery Traveler – good tips! Thanks