Starwood: Island Paradise for half the price

Here is a potential great deal for anyone looking to visit true island paradise in Hawaii or Bora Bora. Hint hint, maybe for a certain #hustle blog’s wedding in February 2012. Starwood is offering 50% off rack rates for their Hawaii & French Polynesia properties from now until June 30, 2012. Here is the link.

At first glance, 50% off sounds like an amazing deal, but be aware that it is discounted from the rack rate, which is the full published rate of a hotel room. You may be able to find a better deal by simply searching Starwood’s web site (standard rate, AAA rate, etc.) or on Kayak/Expedia/Orbitz. ALWAYS crosscheck the rates on other sites because you never know which site may have the best deal.

Where the edge lies is the higher end properties that are included in this promotion. The St. Regis Princeville on the island of Kauai in Hawaii and the St. Regis Bora Bora are 2 of the most expensive hotels you’ll come across.

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How To: Vacation in Bora Bora – Part 2

Now that the air strategy is taken care of, it’s time to discuss the lodging options. This is where it gets more complicated (or interesting, if you’re me). Hotels are a totally different game. There are more options and more ways to get a good deal.

My friend and his wife want to stay in a luxury hotel for 5 nights in Bora Bora. They’ve already gone there before and stayed at the best Overwater Bungalow (OWB) at the InterContinental Thalasso so doing that again may not be a priority. With this information, I was able to put together a list of potential hotels along with ways of getting cheap/free nights.

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How To: Vacation in Bora Bora – Part 1

Yesterday, a friend asked me what it would entail for his wife and him to economically vacation at a luxury destination in the next 3-4 years. The ultimate goal is to use miles for the Business class flights and points for the luxury lodging. There are a lot of things to consider when planning a big vacation where you want to redeem awards for both large ticket items (flight & hotel). The only points/miles earning credit cards they have are the Chase OnePass Plus and Chase Sapphire Preferred. They are willing to open one more line of credit if the bonus offer and earning potential are lucrative enough.

I’ll go through a few questions that I posed to help reveal a better idea of how to formulate the free flight part of the vacation.

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