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In 2012 we had our first big trip using points and miles-Kauai!!!! We absolutely loved Kauai and it may still be our favorite vacation. So I suggested to my wife midway through 2013 we should try to to visit Maui for Thanksgiving!! While her initial reaction was “we just went to Hawaii we should go somewhere else”, it didn’t take her long to remember the great time we had last year. I also had heard that a new Andaz property was being built and would be ready in plenty of time for a November visit.
When you ask most people that have been to all the Hawaiian islands what their favorite is, most of them reply either Maui or Kauai. So I wanted to be able to form an opinion for myself. I also hope to visit all the Islands that we haven’t visited yet over the next 3-4 years.
So over the coming months I started earning (turbo charging) Ultimate rewards points so that I could transfer them to Hyatt for the new Andaz Maui. Every month I had enough points to add another night!
This trip was only going to be over Thanksgiving. The availability I found on AA was decent so we were set for 6 nights. The flights were basic coach flights. First flying to LA on Southwest using our companion pass, overnighting at the FourPoints LAX, then flying AA LAX-OGG in economy. I did not take any pictures of the flight because frankly it was just a simple economy seat for both flights. So bottom line I won’t be reviewing the flights at all but will breakdown the costs of the flights.
The Southwest flights MKE-LAX were $2.50 per person per segment as all points paid direct flights are on Southwest. The total rapid rewards points redeemed was 21,960. This amount was for my ticket only then my wife flies for free with me using the companion pass. We only had to pay for the security fee of $2.50 for her so adding it all up we paid $15 out of pocket.
Once in LA we took a completely separate American Airlines flight to Maui. We redeemed for a one way economy class flight from LAX to OGG. The cost in miles was only 12,500 British Airways Avios miles per person one way! The cost in dollars is even better=$2.50!!! So 25k miles and $5.00 for our way there!!
The way home from Maui was exactly the same.
So 50,000 avios and $10.00 total round trip from LA and back.
This a great redemption and a sweet spot in the British Airways award chart!!!
We also stayed over night in LA due to our early departure time to make sure we would make our flight. I couldn’t find a flight arriving in LAX with enough time to comfortably make the flight to Maui. We ended up staying at the Four Points LAX right at the airport. The rate was $105 plus tax so about $120 total and we chose to have dinner and a drink or two there.