Unlike most travel bloggers, I don't stay in hotels all that often. What's more, it's pretty rare that I stay in suites - paid or upgraded. So, today, I'll be ranking my favorite suites of all time. It'll be a shortlist, but a diverse one, I think. … [Read more...] about My Favorite Suites of All Time – 2021 Edition
I'm sure we all hoped that the pandemic would be over by now. But, the reality is, it'll be at least mid-year before things begin returning to normal. So, it's no surprise to see the travel industry making concessions once again. HawaiianMiles members will be happy to hear the latest of these as Hawaiian reduces status requirements for 2022. … [Read more...] about Hawaiian Reduces Status Requirements for 2022
This past weekend we did another Waikiki staycation. However, things were markedly different compared to our last few stays during the pandemic. The biggest difference, of course, being that the crowds are back in Waikiki! It was crazy, though nowhere near as bad as Miami. … [Read more...] about The Crowds Are Back in Waikiki!
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 epidemic a pandemic. Soon after, life as we knew it came to a screeching halt. Here in Hawaii, though, things changed a little later than elsewhere. So let's talk about how things have been going over what's essentially been a lost year. … [Read more...] about A Lost Year – One Year of Pandemic Living
As the pandemic set in last year, I did many things to occupy myself in our new reality. One of those ways was to discover Hawaiian chocolates. I'm not talking about chocolate bars merely made in Hawaii. No, I made it a point to find and sample true tree-to-bar chocolates. And what I found surprised the hell out of me! … [Read more...] about Discover Hawaiian Chocolates – Part 1: Big Island
The Royal Hawaiian Center may not be someplace locals often patronize outside of hitting up one of their many restaurants. But, these days, there are interesting, unique shops to check there too. So, here are some of my favorite Royal Hawaiian Center Finds. … [Read more...] about Royal Hawaiian Center Finds
Earlier this year, Hawaii's largest airline rolled out Hawaii's pre-clearance program at select US Mainland gateway cities. Now, however, Hawaiian Airlines is expanding Hawaii Pre-Clear coverage across much of its network, including to international cities. … [Read more...] about Hawaiian Airlines Expanding Hawaii Pre-Clear Coverage
Things are beginning to open back up again but are still far from normal in most of the US. That said, now that it's time to activate the Freedom Q2 2021 bonus categories, I'm pretty disappointed in what we got. But I can't say I'm surprised either. … [Read more...] about Activate the Freedom Q2 2021 Bonus Categories
If you fly maybe only once per year and think my Hawaii credit card award travel guide is too complicated, then this post is for you. So let's talk about what are, in my opinion, the best credit cards for infrequent flyers of 2021. … [Read more...] about The Best Credit Cards for Infrequent Flyers 2021
WOW! The other day, news broke that Hilton Grand Vacations is acquiring Diamond Resorts! This acquisition will undoubtedly have global implications. But, looking closer to home, the acquisition adds a few properties to Hilton Grand Vacations' presence in Hawaii too. … [Read more...] about Hilton Grand Vacations Acquiring Diamond Resorts!