Maui is one of my favorite Hawaiian islands – more laid back than Oahu and more upscale than Kauai. I got to visit Maui again with my friends in November, which is a great time to go since its a bit less crowded.
This is how we rolled for this trip: G and S used their 2 free nights with the Chase Fairmont credit card to give us 4 free nights at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, including free breakfasts for 2 people each day (they give you a credit which you can use for any meals at the property). I used a cash ($150) and points (12,500 points) rate and a Diamond uprade certificate for one night at the Andaz Maui for one suite, and 25k points for another room, which was upgraded to a suite because of Diamond Status. S paid for her airline ticket to Maui; G used Alaska Airlines miles for J’s ticket, and C used her British Airways Avios (50K) for C and G’s award tickets from LA to Maui. All of this for a pretty cheap vacation for 4 people to upscale Maui.
Taxi’s were about $80 each way from/to Kahului Airport (OGG) and taxi rides into Kihei for meals were about $10 each way. Thumbs up for Maui BBQ (Plate Lunches), Cafe O’Lei (meals) and 808 Deli (Yummy sandwiches and amazing coconut cream pudding) in Kihei and Da Kitchen (near the airport) but thumbs down for Monkeypod (overpriced and mediocre food) in Wailea.
The Fairmont Kea Lani is a large property – all the rooms are suites and they just completed a renovation.
The Andaz is a fairly new Hyatt property – I love how they use a lot of indigenous woods in their modern design and the lobby with ocean views is architecturally stunning! We had 2 suites – they were very nice! We also enjoyed the pools, kayaking and snorkeling on property. I had Hyatt Diamond Status so we also received complimentary Breakfasts at the Ka’ana Kitchen and they were fabulous!
This is just another way you can travel for less by collecting points and doing a little planning and organizing. Another incredible trip!