(2) Round trip flight OGG-LIH on Island Air (direct) using 10,000 Continental miles plus $5 each (see above for where we got the Continental miles). This flight runs just under $200.
|Grand Hyatt, Kauai, photo by Andrew Ingersoll|
(3) Three nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai — two of those nights are from my husband opening a Hyatt card. We stayed there two nights last year with my Hyatt card, and the third night is 22,000 points, which come from a transfer of points from the Chase Sapphire card 50,000 point bonus. My parents are doing the same thing. The lowest rate during our stay for a paid night is $350 (not to mention the $25/nt resort fee that we won’t have to pay).
(4) One night in Maui at either the Wailea Beach Marriott for 30,000 points (I just opened the Chase Marriott card with a 70,000 point bonus so that would cover both of our rooms) or at a Starwood property (my husband and I both opened the SPG AmEx with the 25,000 point bonus, same for my mom and dad). The Marriott is $350/night.
(5) The remaining five nights in Maui (which are actually at the beginning of our trip) are at a condo and my parents are paying most of that since they get the bedroom and we’ll be staying on the world’s most uncomfortable sofa bed (the view is actually worth the horrible sleep, though). We’ll either pay the $20/nt extra per-person charge or take them to a nice dinner to make up for the extra cost. My parents will be on Maui four nights before us, so they’ll get some extra time at the condo, too.
(6) We’re paying out-of-pocket for the car rentals, which will be around $500, but really only $250 since we’re getting just one car and splitting the cost. (We did book a car that gives two extra drivers free so we won’t have to rely on just one driver going everywhere.)
So, overall, for my husband, myself, and my son (he’ll turn three while we’re on Maui, and this will be the third birthday he’s celebrated on Maui!), we’re spending $45 on flights, $275 on lodging (the $75 fee for the Hyatt card plus the extra person cost for the condo), and $250 on the rental car for a grand total of $570. If we were to pay for flights and hotel, our total would be $5800 for the whole trip.
Considering our savings, I think we just might splurge a little and treat ourselves to one of the lagoon-side cabanas while we’re at the Hyatt!
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- Foreign Fees: No
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