O’ahu 2016: an Introduction

O’ahu 2016: Introduction
Hyatt Place El Segundo
Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina
Pearl Harbor Memorial
Makapuu Point Lighthouse
Polynesian Cultural Center’s- Ha: Breath of Life Show

My wife and I love Hawaii and it seems we can’t stay away for long! We decided to take a vacation to O’ahu which is an island we haven’t yet visited.  This would also be our youngest son’s first trip to the islands and his 5th state visited in only 10 months!

One of the reasons I love planning trips to Hawaii is although it’s far from our home state of Wisconsin it is easy to get to. It’s also super easy using points to fly there for “free”!  I decided to use a combination of Southwest Rapid Rewards points and British Airways Avios points to get all 3 of us to O’ahu.  I use these points for all of my domestic economy travels nowadays and they are also great for positioning flights too.  I save my United and American miles/points for international first class flights.

We flew Milwaukee to Los Angeles on Southwest for 25,025 points and $11.20 roundtrip for all three of us using our Southwest Airlines Companion Pass.

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Southwest payment details

Southwest snacks and beverages

The flight was 80% full so our baby was able to have his own seat and so he sat in his car seat for the nearly 4 hour flight which was nice. He napped and ate the entire time.

We decided to stay overnight in LA because we didn’t know how the baby would do with a connection and another 5 hour flight to Hawaii right away. We ended up using our annual Hyatt free night certificate good for a category 1-4 property. The Hyatt Place El Segundo was perfect for our needs and a category 4.

Hyatt Place El Segundo room

After a good night sleep at Hyatt Place we shuttled back to LAX for our 8 a.m. flight on American Airlines. Our flight to Honolulu was full so we had to have the baby on our laps for the 5+ hours flight but it was a fairly comfortable flight except for the lady sitting on the isle trying to grab/hold of our baby. We were on American’s fairly new A321 planes.

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American Airlines payment details

Hawaii Cash price flight
The cash price of our flights had we paid via AA.com

Our flights were only $22.40 and 52,500 British Airways Avios points roundtrip for all us vs $683 per person just for the LAX-HNL roundtrip. We landed in Honolulu about 20 minutes early at around 10:40 a.m.  We booked a rental car for the week through autoslash.com and went to pick that up at Dollar Rental Car. The car rental was $200 for the week plus $60 for an upgrade to an SUV and I prepaid for a tank of gas because sometimes I don’t feel like stopping to fill up on the way back to the airport.

It took us about 30-ish minutes to drive to our resort for the week, the new Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina.  We arrived on the the grand opening of May 27th.  We booked our rooms through Four Seasons Preferred Partner, David Ourisman.  We had very high expectations and were excited to be some of the first guests to check out the property.

Myself outside the Four Seasons O’ahu Ko Olina entrance

I will have a full in-depth review of the property in the coming installments as usual so stay tuned to see what we ended up thinking about the property.

We flew back home after 6 days on the island enjoying some nice rest and relaxation.  Our baby had tons of fun too! This was our first major trip with the baby and he did great! He was well-behaved on the plane rides and loved watching the birds from our hotel balcony!

Our routing home was exactly the opposite routing HNL-LAX to LAX-MKE except we had a 3 hour connection.  We enjoyed our time on O’ahu but we still rank Kuaui the best island thus far!  I think we will perhaps try the Big Island next year.

Me and the lil guy playing on the beach

As always let me know if you have any questions or comments.



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