(Closed) Maui, am I paying too much?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Member
674 posts
Busy bee

I don’t have any experience with Maui or the Hyatt, but it sounds reasonable based on what we spent for 2 weeks on Oahu and Hawaii in late 2010.  The only thing that could make that comparison wildly different is the time of year you’re going and what the normal rates from the West Coast run.

The best information I found on trying to find good values (not always bargains, but good value for money spent) was FlyerTalk.  When I was planning our trip, I went through years worth of threads to find tips and tricks about the islands we were visiting.  It definitely saved us from wasting money on some tours and activities and spending more where it mattered in terms of service and experience.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That sounds pretty expensive to me… almost $700 a night!  In August you should be able to get a better price, since it’s not their high season.  I would just price things out separately.  You could stay at the Grand Wailea for less than $500 a night!  (Arguably the nicest hotel on Maui). And there is no way a car should cost anywhere near $200/day.  I think you can do better.

Post # 5
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

For five nights in the Hyatt plus airfare and a car rental? I think that’s a very fair price! We just spent seven night at the Sheraton in Maui, and based on what we spent, I think you’re in good shape. We spent more, but we were there two extra days, and I think it seems pretty proportinate. Plus, it includes breakfast? That will save you a ton of money!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

That seems about right to me… Hyatts do stay 4 nights get the 5th night free deals and throw in breakfast. So really thats like 2200 on the hotel. Rental would be like 300 – 350 which leaves like 900 for flights. I mean, I don’t think its a deal but its not a rip off.

Post # 7
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674 posts
Busy bee

When I was trying to plan a late summer or fall trip, I found the low season discounts really didn’t kick in until the very end of August. If the honeymoon is immediately after the wedding, then there’s a chance high season rates could still be in place based on how many reservations or even inquiries they are seeing.

Granted, my only experience not flying into the main hub airport for the state isn’t going straight to Maui, but airfare is probably eating up a good chunk of the price. I don’t track West Coast to Hawaii prices, but I see them pop up on Beat of Hawaii from time to time, and even their “deal” fares that they find would still put the rest of the package of meals, car, and room into a range closer to $500/night. I know I’ve seen more issues about running out of rental cars on Maui on Flyertalk than most of the other islands I was researching, so I’m assuming that portion of the package isn’t the cheapest.

I’m curious if factoring all of that in if this still seems way too high because my mom may be asking me to help her plan a trip there next year since she wants to do a bit of island hopping. Since I can’t give her any context for Maui, I’d love to know what specifically about the package seems off.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper

@LibertyBelle:  Rental cars are definitely pricey throughout the Hawaiian islands.

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