Warning – this is long!!! We were on island for two weeks, from Oct 13 – Oct 27 – I’ll post as a series of replies by subject.
Late fifties couple married 36 years. My hubby’s name is Skip though he now has a new nickname – Kolohe (more on that later). This was our 5th trip in as many years to Kauai. We bring our own fishing gear for shore fishing, travel on a tight budget and are pretty low maintenance. We split our stay between South and North and have stayed in the same little guesthouse in Kalaheo and apt in Kilauea the past 4 years. This trip was a bit different.
Due to economic challenges, we did not think we’d be able to make a trip this year, THEN, non-stop airfare got cheap, $404.00 each R/T on Delta – LAX-LIH. $16.00 a day from Alamo w/extra driver no charge, plus $40.00 off for 2 weeks, but we needed to come in October for these discounts. We’ve always come in September, usually by Labor Day. Our guesthouse in Kalaheo was available, but where we usually stay in Kilauea was not, so jebett came to the rescue, she offered her suite condo 4221 at Hanalei Bay Resort for a great rate for 4 fill-in nights before she arrived on the 18th. That left our arrival night of the 13th to find a place to stay. Kauai Sands fit the bill and was actually cheaper to fly on Wednesday and stay at the Sands than flying on a Thursday!
Delta non-stop, LAX-LIH, $404.00 total each R/T – both flights departed on-time 1:55 pm to LIH & 8:35pm (redeye) to LAX Both arrived early due to a tail-wind. These are 757 aircraft which is the 3-3 seat configuration. It’s like being in a long tooth-paste tube. Both ways we had the individual seat back entertainment screen with free movies, TV and games. Flight going to LIH was FULL. We had a window and middle seat with a nice guy about our age in the aisle seat. We had a pillow and blanket both ways. Flight going to LAX was not full so we had the 3 seats to ourselves. I was able to lay down (sorta) and sleep (sorta). We took a carry-on each at max permitted size (22x14x9) and me a BIG purse for travel pillows, snacks, sweatshirt jacket and book. The overhead bins are larger on these 757’s than on Delta’s wide body 767. No problems with stowing bags for anyone. $23.00 checked bag fee for the hard-sided golf bag (holds the fishing gear) if you pay on-line when you check in or $25.00 at the airport. Someday when I’m rich and famous – we’ll go 1st class!
Alamo – I rented directly. Had a great rate of $16.00 a day. Arriving later in the day (5:00 pm), we got a nice upgraded car (cheap ones were gone). A sliver Chevy Malibu. Clean and nice. Skip really liked the car. I have a friend at Alamo who gave me flowers and a gift bag on arrival, but no preferential treatment (well maybe hugs, do they count?)