Trip Highlight: Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii

Days Spent: 5 days/4 nights

Miles Used: 25,000 AA miles per person, 50,000 miles total (and $11.2 for taxes and fees per person)

Hotel Points Used: 145,000 Hilton HHonors points

Amount saved: $2,536USD total ($488/flight for 2 people = $976USD & $330/night for 5 nights = $1,650USD, minus $90 credit card annual fee)

Activities did on the trip:

1.      Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

2.      Hiking @ Diamond Head

3.      Hiking @ Manoa Falls

4.      Alan Wong tasting menu

5.      People watching @ Waikiki Beach

6.      Hilton Friday Fireworks

7.      Hilton Resort Standup Paddleboard

8.      Dole Plantation

9.      Helicopter Tour

Highlight(s) of the trip:

Hanauma Bay is definitely one of my favorite places in Honolulu. It was really tough for us to get there without a car, but fortunately my old roommate happened to be on the island at that time and was able to bring us there to snorkel (You can now book transportation from the official site). The view was amazing and seeing giant sea turtles while we snorkel was super fun. I would highly recommend anyone to visit there when they are in town.

Another highlight was Alan Wong’s restaurant. We went there for the tasting menu as it was highly recommended by my school friends.

Getting the points & miles needed for the trip:

Signed up for 3 credit cards and met the spending requirements over 3 months:

- 50K BA points that was used for the flights, 1st year card fee waived

- 155K Hilton points for hotel nights (145K used and 10K leftover), one card fee waived 1st year, one card $90 fee


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