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We just got back from a relaxing trip to Honolulu (a great escape from the 40 degree winter here in NYC :0).
The best part was that we didn’t pay a dime for either our flight and hotel – and we stayed at the Hilton in Waikiki Beach for four nights, which is nothing to sneeze at. We did this using the rewards points we got as a sign-up bonus from our credit cards.
In my last post, I talked about the best way to exchange money abroad. In this, I will go into rewards points. Many credit cards offer great sign-up bonuses in the form of miles or hotel points. If you have good credit and are reasonably well-organized, you can subsidize a great deal of your travel using these sign-up bonuses. For this Hawaii trip, we both signed up for the following two cards last year in preparation:
Honolulu is a wonderful city to visit on its own, but Oahu is also a beautiful island (of course, it’s Hawaii). Whether you’re on a tight budget or you just love traveling the local way, the public bus system is a great way to see the rest of the island. One word of warning, you do need to have exact change ($2.50 per trip with two transfers allowed!).
Line 55 will take you from the Ala Moana shopping mall in Honolulu to Waimea Beach and Valley. It’s about a two hour ride each way.
Take Line 57 from Ala Moana to Line 65 to get to the North Shore and a beautiful replica of the Byodo-In Temple (the original is in Japan of course). The trip is about one and half hours because of the transfer. You can also board Line 65 directly in Downtown Honolulu at Alakea and South King Streets.
I also found this post on how to travel around the whole island by bus. I didn’t do this, but if you’re more intrepid than I check it out.
The Hawaii Supreme Court
For those with a love of island travel, also check out Katie’s post on Bali.