|Directional sign Kaua'i|
In Hawaii day time temperatures were 79F (26C) and nighttime 67F (19C).
|Beach on Kaua'i|
|Sunrise island of Kaua'i|
We put our spur-of-the-moment idea into action by checking the rental sites that specialize in timeshare and interval-home rentals. Our reasoning was that having a kitchen and eating at home would save both money and calories. Our go-to sites include Redweek.com and TUG.com (timeshare users group). While both sites offered plenty of ‘short-notice’ choices, the prices were somewhat inflated to our way of thinking, which might have been why they were still available only a week before the rental period would start.
Of course, we are talking January, the highest of high seasons – when many, like us, are desperate to leave the cold behind - so we expanded our search to include hotels. The destination didn’t matter, we were open to staying on any of Hawaii’s eight major islands.
|Mural - Maui, Hawaii|
|State of Hawaii|
In addition to large quantity supplies and food, we’ve found some of the best prices for rental cars are on its on-line travel site and we check there routinely before booking cars. (By booking through Costco the second driver - me! - is always free. That isn’t always the case when booking directly with the car company.) Thinking back, a couple years ago we booked a Hawaiian get-away package for a hotel that had provided us a few nights of fun in Waikiki. Why hadn’t we thought of it earlier?!
|Beach - Lana'i Island|
|Kaua'i - the Garden Island|
So was it a real savings? Yes! To the tune of $800, as a matter of fact. We compared the prices of renting the hotel either from one of the sites mentioned above or from Marriott, the cost of renting the car (through Costco) and of paying for the breakfast separately. Our cost would have been $1,986 but instead paid the package price of $1,194. The buffet breakfasts alone cost $23 per person and that would have amounted to $276.
|Saved money changing our flights|
|Hybiscus bloom - Hawaii|
|Land of Aloha|
When we began the blog one of our purposes was to share tips about travel deals – and sources for travel deals – with our friends. I want to assure you we don’t get any kick-backs or deals from the companies we recommend, including those mentioned in this post. It was just such a good deal – and such an easily missed one – that we wanted to tell you about it. It also is a reminder to ourselves to think outside the usual box when we come up with one of these last-minute travel ideas.
Well be back next week and hope to see you here as well. Until then, Ahh-Low-HA! as we say in Hawaii!
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