It’s no secret that I love to travel to Hawaii, but even better is traveling to Hawaii for free! I use airline miles and hotel points to try and keep my travel costs as low as possible so that I can travel more frequently. Read this post on how I travel using miles and points.
United Airlines has a pretty cool promotion right now where you can save up to 25% off award tickets to Hawaii! This is great for people who live on the East Coast (yours truly) as we have limited flight options and usually the mileage requirement can be more than people who live on the west coast (for west coasters I’d look into British Airways Avios Miles for cheap flights to Hawaii!). So when I saw this limited time United Airlines promotion, I jumped on it!
Check out this page for more details regarding this promotion, but in a nutshell you basically get 25% off required miles if you are a United Mileage Plus Explorer card holder (of which we are), otherwise the deal is 20% off (still pretty darn good). There are several blackout dates and you do have to leave and depart on weekdays. This offer is valid for booking until July 6, 2015 with travel dates from August 18-December 15, 2015.
Since I used up all my United miles for our Bali trip in first class last year, I had to transfer points from my Chase Ultimate Rewards to United. This is an instantaneous transfer so I was able to book our flights immediately after the transfer! For 33,750 miles round trip (down from 45,000) per person, Steve and I will be spending a week this November on our favorite island for eating: Oahu! Read our past Oahu trip reports here and here. We’re going only for 6 nights which is probably the shortest Hawaii trip we’ve been on in the past 8 years so we have to maximize our time on the island!
Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island are also available but here’s why I chose Oahu for this particular redemption:
- Oahu offered the only non-stop flights from Newark on a wide body plane for our dates = more comfort getting there and less time spent in airports.
- I want to EAT and Oahu is the best island for foodies. It’s been almost 3 years since we’ve last been there and I am dying to try all these new places that have popped up over the last few years: MW Restaurant, Koko Head Cafe, Bill’s Sydney, and the brick and mortar location of my favorite Pan-Asian Vietnamese: The Pig and the Lady. I also want to try the new locations of old favorites: Highway Inn, and Liliha Bakery for some good Hawaiian comfort food (spam included).
- It’s also a little “research” trip for a large family vacation to Oahu we’re planning on taking in 2016 for my dad’s 70th birthday. I’ll be scoping out some places to stay, eat, and play which are will be good for large groups with young kids, without having to eat at a chain restaurant. This may prove to be challenging
- This is the unofficial celebration for my husband’s 40th birthday! His birthday is in December, very close to Christmas, so we don’t usually travel during that time. He’d love to celebrate in Hawaii and Oahu has some fabulous fine dining restaurants including our personal favorite, Alan Wong’s but there are plenty of places we’ve yet to try like Chef Mavro, or the uber-exclusive Vintage Cave.
Hopefully some of you will be able to take advantage of this deal too! Let me know where you go!