Fairmont Maui Review (Fairmont Kea Lani)

Fairmont Maui Review

Last year I signed up for what I consider to be one of the better hotel credit cards as far as bonuses go: the Chase Fairmont credit card. The sign up bonus for meeting a small minimum spend requirement is two free nights at any of their properties. The reason why this bonus may be more valuable than some others is that you also get a slew of certificates that can be used when you redeem your free … [Read more...]

Review: Andaz Maui at Wailea

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Gary Leff and I agree that the Andaz Maui at Wailea is the best hotel on Maui. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it may be my new favorite hotel anywhere. I just got back earlier this month after redeeming a Hyatt points + cash award (12,500 points and $150 per night), which I upgraded using a Diamond suite upgrade. Amazing value. Read to the bottom to learn how you could win three … [Read more...]

Are Cheap Avios Awards to Hawaii a Bait and Switch?

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You guys know I love to play up the Best Coast, and one benefit of living here is convenient access to Hawaii. It's just a five-hour non-stop flight with a time change that works in our favor. It's even tolerable in economy class. And because British Airways Avios partners with Alaska Airlines and is a distance-based award program, you can book one of these non-stop flights from almost any West … [Read more...]

Review: Alaska Airlines First Class to Hawaii (SEA-OGG)

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On our way to Hawaii last year, Megan and I booked a revenue fare on Alaska Airlines and an award ticket on Hawaiian Airlines for the return. I was kind of excited to try them both as all of my previous trips to Hawaii had been on United or American. (Except for a charter flight when I was two, which my dad still describes as the trip from hell.) Luckily my MVP Gold elite status earned us both … [Read more...]

Review: Hyatt Regency Waikiki (Pre-/Post-Renovations)

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Last month I took a long-ish trip between Honolulu and San Juan, in part to try out the new service on American Airlines’ A321T between Los Angeles and New York-JFK and also to help me satisfy a trial for my new AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. Rather than make an immediate turn I chose to spend two nights in Honolulu at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki and soak up the sun. There were many … [Read more...]

New Hawaiian Airlines Credit Cards Announced

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I shared the news late last year that Hawaiian Airlines -- and their new partner, Barclays -- were getting ready to re-launch the Hawaiian Airlines credit card in 2014. I was thinking sometime mid-year, but one of Million Miles Secrets' readers shared the news yesterday. Normally I would consider this good news as Barclays had been pretty good about issuing multiple cards, but since they've … [Read more...]

Pool Time at the Andaz Maui

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Thanks to Bruce for sending in this photo of the three-level infinity pools at the new Andaz Maui. I was there during the final stages of construction in July, right after they filled them for the first time, but there was still quite a lot of work to do! (Read my review.) Hopefully Megan and I will get a chance to try them out in person on our annual trip to Hawaii this winter. … [Read more...]