Wednesday, March 15, 2023

A Points Honeymoon in Kauai – Planning

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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!

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