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I like to travel simply wherever I go. I never pay for baggage fees because I only travel using a backpack. I’ve recently been using the Gregory Z55 Backpack, which I use constantly for most of my trips. It is definitely a great multifunctional bag for a backpacking trip to Europe or a week long trip to Hawaii. The best part is it can fit in any overhead compartment, so I never have to worry about baggage fees. I also use airline miles and hotel points to travel to help minimize costs. So, you might call me a Points Backpacker. Here are the points and miles used for a points honeymoon in Kauai:
- 50,000 Ultimate Rewards Points to British Airways for 2 roundtrip tickets from Los Angeles to Lihue, Kauai. Taxes were about ~$42.
- 36,000 SPG Points to stay at the Westin Princeville Villas. Resort fees about $15 a day.
- 44,000 Hyatt Points to stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.
We rented an economy car for $22 a day for 5 days using Priceline’s name your own price. After taxes it ended up being around ~$180. I used the method described here. Basically, you check for the lowest price that Priceline will accept and book it. Thus, our total tally minus food and other miscellaneous expenses were: $42(Flights), $45(Hotels), and $180 for the car. A grand total of ~$267! Of course we spent more than that on food and activities because it was our honeymoon, but it helped us feel less guilty having nice meals and doing fun activities.
I won’t be posting pictures and a review of our flight because it was quite uneventful flying American Airlines coach. However, stay tuned to pictures and a review of Westin Princeville Villas!