Good morning everyone, happy Friday! Laura and I just finished selling our old home, buying a new home, doing a few small home improvement projects around the new home (painting rooms, changing lights, etc.) and unpacking boxes. I haven’t had much free time to write blog posts over the last few weeks, but now that the dust has settled, I have more free time now.
A few weeks ago (in the middle of packing and moving), Laura and I went to Maui for her Spring Break (she is a teacher). We flew Alaska Airlines roundtrip from San Francisco (SFO) to Maui (OGG) using my Alaska Airlines Companion Fare. Since we both have Alaska Airlines MVP Elite Status, we were upgraded to first class on our return flight. In my experience, I have had good luck getting upgraded when flying on less popular routes and on less popular days (like weekdays).
We used AutoSlash to help get us a good deal on a Hertz rental car. The new Maui airport rental car facility is very nice – I wish all airports had a rental car facility and tram system like the one at the Maui airport. We stayed on the South Shore in Kihei in a Vacasa Vacation Rental. The rental cost 13,500 Wyndham Rewards Points per night and I used a combination of points from my Barclays Wyndham Rewards Business Earner Credit Card and transferred Capital One Points to Wyndham Rewards to top off for an award. Here is the view from our Vacasa Vacation Rental:
When we were in Maui, I booked some activities through Viator to earn some cash back. We did a Lahaina ATV Adventure with Maui Off Road Adventures, a Clear Kayak and Snorkel Adventure with Ohana Ocean Adventures, and a Maui Pineapple Tour that included 2-3 airport ready pineapples. During a previous visit to Hawaii, one of the tour guides said the best place to get poke was at any grocery store, so we went to Safeway and some local grocery stores every day to get poke for lunch.
Since we stayed at a Vacasa Vacation Rental, we had a full kitchen with full size refrigerator. We stocked up on groceries and had most meals at home. We did have lunch at the Duke’s Beach House in Lahaina (next to the Westin Nanea) where we devoured a huge slice of hula pie and went to the Maui Brewing Company for happy hour drinks and dinner.
It was a short trip to Maui, but the views, food, and memories were well worth the trip. I’m actually planning another trip back to Hawaii later this summer to visit a few other islands. If you have any questions about anything we did or ate at Maui, please leave a comment below. Have a great weekend everyone!
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