Traveling to Hawaii and not spending a fortune makes for the best vacation! The simple task of applying for a credit card and getting to Hawaii for $22.40 makes it all worth it. Read below to get started.
Above is a link that will make life a lot cheaper to get to Hawaii from the United States.
I live in Columbus, Ohio and have gone to Hawaii 10 times since 2007 – Southwest has recently started flying here and making life a lot cheaper. Let me explain below…
Step 1: Apply for the Above Credit Card (I do receive small credit and this helps me continue writing)
Step 2: Understand what you have to do. Spend $1000 within 3 months. Get 40,000 miles round trip.
Step 3: If you have a significant other, you want them to click the same link and do the same thing. Do not have them added to your card. +5000 is not the same as +40,000 miles
Step 4: Get flying
There are a few ways to get to Hawaii from Ohio but my recommendation is to go to Hawaii from Las Vegas. Flights to Vegas from Columbus, Ohio generally run around $200 roundtrip. The flight roundtrip to Hawaii is usually $588 to $1500 depending.
I recommend figuring out the days you want to be in Hawaii – and booking that first.
Please note that being flexible makes life a lot easier. Holidays and typically busy dates will not work for minimal spends…
This is from the Southwest App –
Leaving LAS to HNL for 11,203 points one way
Returning May 8 from 1:15 pm to 11:46 pm for 13,134
Per person 24,337 miles from Las Vegas to HNL roundtrip
Now to get to Las Vegas…
One way to get from Columbus to Las Vegas is to go Spirit Airlines or book via Southwest. Depending on miles – I can pay roundtrip or do points one way and pay the other. There are options. The total from this trip ends up being 46,106 miles and for getting the credit card – it ends up with me deficient 6,106 miles so buying roundtrip on another airline or buying one way on Southwest or paying roundtrip can also work.
So from CMH to LAS is 11,320 miles
The cheapest return is 10,449 miles from Las to CMH
Keep in mind – booking this way – you will need hotel stay or you will need to plan on staying at the airport…but hotels are pretty cheap in Vegas.
CMH to LAS 11,320
LAS to CMH 10,449
LAS to HNL 11,203
HNL to LAS 13,134
Total 46,106 miles and $11.20 and $11.20
You can’t book from Columbus to Hawaii so you will have to pay tax two times but essentially – $22.40 for a free flight is a win!
If you use your Southwest Card for hotel bookings – sometimes it is a great deal – last weekend- I stayed at a Wyndham in Orlando for $149 for the night and it allowed me to get 4,000 points on my Southwest Card. This is well worth it. Helps make up the points to cover the Hawaii flight.
What I recommend…..
Know these deals are not July 4th weekend or Christmas – you will pay a lot of miles to do that but if you can plan for Thanksgiving or Easter – these times are easier to book with miles. I will also suggest that when the windows open – you can typically land a good deal. I always save my miles – so I would spend an extra month or two then pay with miles for the entire trip. Remember if flying from Columbus – you will have to book to Las Vegas and then from Vegas to Hawaii.
If you are deadset on a time frame and you have enough miles to book from Las Vegas to Hawaii but not enough from Columbus – go ahead and book it – Southwest lets you cancel without penalty and bags travel free – so there is no loss.
I do not typically shop from the Southwest Portal – I do book some hotels there but most of the time – hotels.com as you stay 10 nights and get the 11th free. I have attained good status there and have had positive experiences.
*With many airline credit cards, there are annual fees – depending on the Southwest Card you choose $59-$149.
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As a frequent visitor to Disney, I have been looking beyond the Parks and continue to learn more and more each time…have done several tours and visited many of the Parks around the World…supposed to experience Shanghai Disney in April but with Corona Virus – not sure we will be going…..
Anyway, at Amorette’s Patisserie, you can sign up for Cake Decorating (sign up early) as many days they are sold out.
When you come in, you order your breakfast drink and take a seat. At the table, you find several items already laid out for you
Promptly at 9 AM, our Chef started walking us through the story of the bakery and how this place originated and if you know anything about Walt Disney and Walt Disney World- you will appreciate that there is a story and history and hidden clues and information about the history in the location.
Different Days have different dome cakes- I selected the Mickey Mouse dome cake day.
Amorette’s Patisserie is based on two ladies who were friends and one was based in NY and attended art school and her friend had a bakery- combined the efforts to make edible art. Beautiful cakes and cookies – you should check out the experience for yourself on the rest of the story but Disney owns the shop now but many of the original drawings are on the wall and if you want to know more – just message me
The cake seen is 9 layers – it takes about 3 days to create; each layer must be baked and frozen and in order to decorate the cake…you want it to be hardened and frozen to have the optimal decorating situation
With it taking 3 days and 9 layers – makes me understand why a cake could cost $59
While 9 layers is impressive, it is not necessary. A frozen dome cake is easiest enough to start with.
Step 1: After the Cake is Frozen or Hardened. Add Buttercream Frosting. Coat it and the trick here is taking a piece of plastic and smoothing out of the buttercreme – take plastic and start under the cake and spread evenly. After buttercreme covering – put in fridge then do another coating (2 is sufficient)
Step 2: Add the Glaze
The glaze is gelatin based – the red coloring for Disney is universal no matter where in the world you are – Disney Mickey Red is Disney Mickey Red.
If you are wondering how you might create a glaze – pinterest offers a similar glaze
10 oz Granulated Sugar
7 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
5 oz Water
4 tsp Gelatin Powder
2.5 oz Water
7 oz White Chocolate (high quality for best results such as Valrhona)
2 drops White Food Coloring
After you create your glaze – important to put in the fridge or freezer in between times you glaze and to have the right coloring – you want to make sure you coat 3 times.
The next steps are creating the ears, tail, and belt – created from fondant. You can do this by using a rolling pin and painting with edible paint.
Then- put it all together! Voila.
Below are a few of the character dome cakes you can make
2. The Price is not cheap for the Experience $169 includes the cake, drinks, 2 hours, dessert to go, and an experience with another person. The cake is placed in a hat box which doubles as the cake box. After learning about the cake decorating and actually going through making my own- my feeling of having a class of 6 people made me feel the price was fair. Of course, I would like cheaper, but would pay again.
3. Experiences are the best gift – taking home my beautiful cake on the plane – Disney tells you the tricks to get it home with ice if flying out the same day.
My mom and I having the Cake Decorating Experience was really amazing and these memories will be cherished forever. Seeing how we decorated the cake well and when adjusting it, cracked a Mickey Button – made us laugh.
My finished cake and for your pinterest needs 👇👇👇👇