Travel Contests: Week of March 26, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a carry-on suitcase and cabin bag from Pathfinder Luggage! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a 7-day vacation to your dream destination from Switchfly Win a $32,000 trip for two to the Summer Olympics in Brazil from TD Ameritrade Win […]

12 Reasons to Stay at The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

The Moana Surfrider view

The Moana Surfrider will always be a special hotel to me since I used to stay there back in the late 1990s when I first started to travel to Hawaii. Back then, it was a Sheraton but in 2007, Starwood re-branded it into a swanky Westin Resort & Spa. What’s even better is that it […]

9 Things to Love About the Royal Hawaiian

Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach

Yesterday I featured the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and today I’m here to tell you about its sister Starwood property, the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort. These two have a lot in common, besides being managed by the same hotel company. The most important is that the Moana Surfrider is in the oldest […]

A Farmer’s Market in a Hotel

Exoctic fruit Hyatt Regency Waikiki Farmers Market

One of the coolest amenities I’ve ever seen at a hotel was at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. They recently introduced a Farmer’s Market in their atrium every Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm. The Pualeilani Atrium has over 60 shops and boutiques on the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency […]

10 Reasons to Fly Hawaiian Airlines to Hawaii

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I’ve been lucky enough to visit Hawaii close to 20 times and I’ve flown all the major carriers to and from the mainland—including American, Delta and United. When I flew American and Delta, I felt like I could have been going to New York; there was no difference whatsoever in the service or aircraft. United […]

How to Travel to Hawaii Cheaply with the New Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard

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Great news! Hawaiian Airlines, with MasterCard, Barclaycard US and Bank of Hawaii, recently announced the official launch of their new Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard, and I attended their press conference in Honolulu to learn all about this exciting card. In short, this credit card is a great option for those who have always dreamed […]

First-class Maui at coach prices

Beach at The Mauian (Credit: The Mauian)

By Debbi K. Kickham and William D. Kickham, Esq.  When you think about taking a Maui vacation, do you get worried? Do you fear that your pockets aren’t deep enough for this award-winning island? That there’s no way to go to Hawaii without overspending? Well, we’ve got good news for you. As veteran travel writers, we’ve been going […]

10 Reasons to Stay at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

Outrigger Waikiki

Nine miles from the Honolulu airport and smack in the middle of Waikiki is the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. If you love the fast pace and crowded action of Waikiki, then this is the hotel you want to be at. The Outrigger On the Beach (there are two Outriggers in Waikiki) has 524 guest […]