Last week I wrote a couple of posts about our time in Hawaii:
- How to add a free flight to Hawaii next time you travel internationally
- How Hilton HHonors dramatically reduces the cost of vacation
Of course, when you travel there are more expenses than just airfare. So today I’ll share the final cost.
When you book flights with award miles you are required to pay the taxes and fees. However, since both flights were tied into international flights, there was literally no extra cost for airline taxes and fees.
Flights between the mainland and HNL don’t provide free meals, but we just took snacks in a flexible cooler.
We did, however, pay $25 to check a bag going from DEN – HNL.
Total = $25.00
We stayed at the Hilton Waikiki for seven nights. When we checked out I heard the magical words. ”Thanks for your stay with us. There is no charge on your account.”
Total = $0.
1 Week Rental for a full-size = $114.57
Parking at the hotel was $27 per night so we parked across the street and paid $72 for parking for the week.
Gas for the week = $41.18
Total = $227.75
As I mentioned in the Hilton Gold post, we had breakfast and light dinners provided.
We had lunch in the Dallas airport = $14.69. Our airport meals would have been more if we didn’t have access to the airport lounges with the American Express Platinum. We had a breakfast in Denver on the way out and a light dinner (soup and rolls) in Honolulu on the way back.
We did go to McDonald’s a couple of times for chicken nuggets and ice cream, but we participated in the Twitter Sync and got $5 back when we spent $5 or more at McDonald’s. We had snacks at Sam’s Club a couple days (Icees and hot dogs). I think our dining out total came to $11.50.
For lunches, we bought food at grocery stores. We bought $59.77 worth of groceries and snacks at the stores. We really enjoyed having picnics at some of the nice parks on the Oahu island.
Total meals: $85.96
We took a tour of Pearl Harbor and paid the $7.50 to pre-book our tickets. We didn’t want to drive down there and wait a long time with our young kids. As it turned out, we didn’t need to pre-book, but if I had to do it again, I would.
Otherwise, we just spent a lot of time on the beach and at parks, so we didn’t do many expensive activities. We did have someone give us a bodyboard, so that was fun.
Total = $7.50
GRAND TOTAL = $356.71
Those are our full expenses for five tickets from Dallas to Honolulu roundtrip (using points), 7 nights at the Hilton Waikiki (using points), car rental, meals, and all activities.
In my opinion, I’ve stayed true to the title of this blog – Help Me Travel Cheap.