A Points Honeymoon in Kauai – Planning

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Introduction

Planning

3 Nights at the Westin Princeville Villas

Exploring the North Shore

2 Nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Exploring Poipu

 

This will be a series on our honeymoon trip to Kauai.  Stay tuned for updates!

Planning:

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.

Secret Falls in 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.

Hanalei Valley in Princeville

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!

5 comments for “A Points Honeymoon in Kauai – Planning

  1. Jose A
    November 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Came across your site from a post you made on FM and you seem to have a very good eye for earning points/miles. I just got back from Kauai and it was great. Using points for flight and our room, we spent 3 nights at the Grand Hyatt. That place was awesome, pools, views, service, everything. We only drove to Princeville to check out the North Shore before flying back. I will assume the Westin Villas are very nice.

    • November 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Awesome! Yeah the villas were nice because we could cook and do laundry. It is also very peaceful and awesome views. Grand hyatt is also awesome but the area is more commercialized. I liked both for different reasons!

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