Aug 13

May 2018: Hawaii Trip – Introduction


For the Memorial Day 2018 long weekend we took some additional days off of work for a quick getaway to Hawaii (Oahu). We had originally booked 2 nights in Oahu and 2 nights on the Big Island. However, about 2 weeks before our trip the volcanic activity on Big Island was escalating and we were worried that we might not be able to go on our helicopter tour of the volcano (our primary reason to visit Big Island). Since Hawaiian Airlines was allowing fee-free changes to itineraries for the period, we changed our booking to stay in Oahu for the whole time. This was my first trip to Oahu although Karen had been here on her previous Hawaii Trip in 2014.

Cost (Total for 2 travelers) :


  • $40 for gas in rental car for 5 days in Hawaii
  • $36 for 5 day parking at LAX International Airport


  • $398 for 2 nights at Holiday Inn Express Waikiki (Including parking/resort fees)
  • $86 for 2 nights parking at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Miles/Points/Certificates Redeemed:

  • 100,000 Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles for round-trip coach tickets Los Angeles – Honolulu
  • 120,000 Hilton HHonors points for 2 nights at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Miles/Points/Cash-back Earned:

  • Cash purchases were done with cards earning mainly Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards points

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