Spring Break To Maui: Flying Back From Maui

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Spring Break To Maui: Flying Back From Maui

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Emily:  We were sad to leave the Grand Wailea and Hawaii.  We drove to the airport, checked-in, and went through security.

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On Our Way Back From Maui

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Daraius booked us in First Class on United using United miles.  But it was a short flight and we wished we’d flown in coach and saved the miles instead!

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Roomy Seats

Each seat had a small built-in TV on the back of the seat in front of it.

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Built-In TVs

There was a built-in remote control.

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Built-In Remote Control

Daraius didn’t want to go back to reality!

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Daraius Enjoying His Seat – Even If It Did Cost More Miles

While we were waiting for take-off, we were served drinks in small plastic cups.

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Two Waters for Us!

Soon we took off, and it was time for the warm nuts.

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Warm Nuts

Daraius and I had  steak with garlic red skin potatoes and mixed vegetables.  I loved the mashed potatoes!

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Steak And Red Skinned Garlic Mashed Potatoes

For dessert, we had caramel (my favorite) and strawberry (Daraius’ favorite) ice cream sundaes.  Yum!

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Caramel And Strawberry Sundaes

We stayed overnight at the Hyatt Place LAX El Segundo and then took a Southwest flight back to Kansas City the next morning.

We had a wonderful first trip to Hawaii – thanks to miles & points – and can’t wait to go back!

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Daraius — thoroughly enjoyed your detailed report on your 1st visit to Hawaii. We too stayed in Maui our first time over there, and now I am starting to plan a return visit to a different island — and hopefully, pay for it all with points. Perhaps Big Island? Thing is, not finding much in the way of hotels on Big Island where I can use my points. Sheraton (Starwood) holds promise. And then there’s Hilton Waikoloa — but 50k pt/nite! Hyatt Nada. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Loved the trip report! Curious what made Maui better than bora bora. I can’t decide between Oahu, Hi or bora bora for my desired place to visit! Maybe you guys can check out Oahu for me next! 🙂

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@Ken – It was about 5 hours.

@Paul – I don’t believe you can use the certificates for Gold rooms, but keep checking since award availability keeps changing.

@Hannah – Bora Bora was worth visiting once, but there was much more to do in Hawaii. Bora Bora was quieter with less to do, but I’m not sure I’d go back soon. Whereas we want to go back to the other Hawaiian islands soon!

Hoping to get the fairmont Visa card to redeem free nights at the fairmont property in hawaii. When I searched under reservations, only gold rooms were available, but I understand that the free night certs cannot be used to redeem gold rooms. Does that mean then I won’t get my free nights?

How long was the flight back to LAX from HI? I’ve been contemplating business or coach to HI. I’m tall and don’t fit well at least in Southwest coach.

Great report! Looks like a great trip. What was your favorite hotel? Should I use my four free hyatt nights at the hyatt there? Or should I spend 200/night (all in with tax and resort fee) to stay at the grand w ( Waldorf)? Thanks!

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@Andrew – We liked both hotels. You can now use your free Hyatt nights at the Andaz in Maui as well!