Travel Planning 2017

To keep you (and me) up to date with my 2016 travel plans, I have decided to keep a checklist. As it turns out, planning trips can be a bit more complicated than a person might think!

Here's what we've accomplished so far:

January 2017
For Washington DC –
11/10 • one night at Fairmont double room $162 (booked through Club1Hotels)
11/27 • Crowne Plaza Dulles double $128.28 (booked through Club1Hotels)
1/8 • Rented car from Enterprise $39.18 (+ $10 extra/day for unlimited miles)
1/17 • Ordered clear backpack $9.99 + $33 (-$40 in gift cards) 1 day shipping on Amazon

February
For Maui & Honolulu, HI –
9/13 • 2 RT flights booked to/from Hawaii 70,000 Delta pts. + $22.50
9/15 • booked Grand Wailea through Visa Signature 2 nights garden view w/second night being reimbursed upon checkout, free breakfast, $50 hotel food/drink credit, $75 Visa gift card, free wi-fi, and late checkout $1,155 (exp. cost $711 w/ valet car service and resort fee)
10/4 • Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort 1 night resort view $315.67
    • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort And Spa 1 night resort view free breakfast/free Aquafina waters/free evening snacks $430.39
10/8 • reservations Humuhumu, The Plantation House
10/9 • booked Old Lahaina Luau $230
    • reservations at Sarento's Top of the "I"
10/14 • flight on Mokulele Airlines between Molokai and Honolulu $130 - $1.30 (Orbucks) - $3 (Upromise)
10/19 • booked Turtle Bay Resort partial ocean view 1 night $400 - 5% (Upromise)
    • reservations at Orchids
11/6 • contacted Delta about short connection time and got it changed; leaving a day earlier than planned with 1 extra night in Maui!
    • reservations at Kula Lodge 1 night $232.00
    • confirmed Road to Hana tour $300/person (food included)
11/8 • booked Maui Hyatt Regency 1 night mountain view $424.15
    • booked The Royal Hawaiian historic king 2 nights $680 (Club1Hotels)
11/13 • Maui economy rental car reserved @ Enterprise $245 (4% cashback at TopCashback + $40 off using Discover coupon)
    • set up Kualoa movie tour $67.76
11/27 • Honolulu rental car with Budget booked on Costco Travel intermediate $126.91
12/14 • Haleakala National Park Summit Sunrise reservation made $1.50
12/19 • 8AM reservations for Pearl Harbor $3
1/6 • Dreams Come True 1 night $160
    • ferry to Lanai reserved $60
    • tour of Lanai booked with Neal Rabaca
    • Molokai car rental with Alamo economy 1 day $79.60
    • flight from Lana'i to Moloka'i on Hawaiian 2 people $116.20
2/5 • 2 Maui Ocean Center tickets bought from Costco $39.98

April 2017
For Boston, MA –
10/13 • 4 RT flights booked on JetBlue w/ pre-check ($15/person) $640
11/29 • Hyatt Regency Boston 2 queen beds, 2 nights on Expedia (Upromise 9%) $547.06
2/26 • Battery Wharf 2 queen beds, 2 nights, free breakfast, $25 food and beverage credit (booked through Visa Signature Collection) $756.94

For Washington D.C. –
2/1 • Booked Crowne Plaza: The Hamilton 1 night king bed 35,000 IHG points
2/5 • Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard nonrefundable, 1 king, 1 night $146.56 (5% back through Upromise)
2/5 • Enterprise 3-day economy car rental $69.18

May 2017
For Washington D.C. –
5/19 • car booked with Hertz $77 using AutoSlash
5/22 • Hyatt Regency Fairfax, VA booked 1 night, 2 queens panoramic suite with 5,000 UR pts.
5/23 • High tea reservations made at The Tavern at Henley Park Hotel
    • dinner reservations for The Founding Farmers with OpenTable
5/24 • Mandarin Oriental 1 king, city-view, 1 night, refundable 25,785 UR pts
    • breakfast reservation at Muze with OpenTable
    • drinks/lunch reservation at Old Ebbitt Grill with OpenTable
    • dessert at Belga Café via OpenTable

July 2017
For the Florida Keys & Miami, FL –
6/18 Biltmore Hotel at Coral Gables 1 king bed Jr. suite refundable 21,414 UR pts.
    • Oceans Edge Key West Resort & Marina ocean view, double queen, refundable 26,991 UR pts.
    • 7-day economy car rental from Enterprise $208.81 (+4% cashback with Top Cashback)
    • Reservation at Lattitudes for breakfast
6/20 • Used AutoSlash to rent a vehicle from Hertz for Freeport, Bahamas for 1 day at $56.07
6/23 • changed the entire plan (because of weather)…
    • Booked with Hertz (thru BeFrugal for 4% back) for 1-day weekend, economy car $62.61
6/24 • Bought National Geographic Traveler: Miami & the Keys from Barnes & Noble for $24.37
6/25 • Booked Hilton Fort Lauderdale Resort through Club1Hotels for $206.88
    • AutoSlash notified me of a cheaper price for Enterprise car rental through Priceline: $188.43
6/26 • "Snack" reservation at Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables made through OpenTable
    • Breakfast reservations at Yardbird made through OpenTable
6/27 • Intercontinental Miami king, city-view, 1 night 30,000 IHG points
6/28 • Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel 1 night, standard room 21,000 UR points

August 2017
For Charleston, SC –
7/8 • SNOB reservations made on OpenTable
7/9 • The Beaufort Inn booked: 1 king, 1 night, refundable $159.50
7/15 • The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa: doubles, 1 night, golf view, non-refundable $217 (+ 3% cashback with BeFrugal)

September 2017
For FL –
The DeSoto king room with balcony $213.92
8/13 • Enterprise rental compact car (4% cashback with Mr. Rebates) $166.03
    • The Admiral Hotel Mobile 1 king, 1 night, non-refundable $88.48
    Hilton Sandestin 1 king, 1 night, refundable $381.84
8/26 • The Birchwood deluxe suite, 1 king, 1 night, free breakfast, refundable $249.56
    • Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa 2 queens, 1 night, refundable 20,000 Hyatt points
8/28 • reservations made at Spinners Rooftop Revolving Bistro and Lounge

For Savannah, GA –
8/26 • Hyatt Regency Savannah 2 doubles, 1 night, non-refundable $223.53
8/29 • reservations made at Rancho Alegre

October 2017
For Boston, NYC, DC, Asheville (Leaf Looking) –
9/14 • economy car rented from Enterprise $72.23
9/18 • Delta main cabin flight $266.40
    • premium car rented from Enterprise $142.10 (7.5% cashback with Savings Watch)
    • economy car rented from Enterprise $54.18 (7.5% cashback with Savings Watch)
9/21 • Intercontinental Willard booked with The Luxury Hotel and Resorts Collection: 2 doubles, free breakfast, $100 food and beverage credit, free room upgrade upon arrival, early check-in, late checkout, free wifi, free cancellation $342.36
    • king bed, nonrefundable at Hilton Boston Logan Airport $357.51
9/23 • Registered for Taste of DC
    • Switzerland Inn chanticleer full view king $253.62
9/26 • Hilton Fashion District one king, refundable $392.50
9/28 • Enterprise full-size car rented $40.07
10/1 • Made reservations for Top of the Hub
10/4 • premium car rented from National $131.44

November 2017
For NYC –
9/15 Intercontinental Times Square sky view king refundable $385.85 (CANCELLED)
    • king, deluxe, city view, refundable Millennium Hilton New York Downtown $208.90 (13% back with LeMoney)
10/15 • Delta roundtrip 1 preferred seat $503.80
10/16 • Intercontinental Times Square two doubles, deluxe refundable FREE
10/19 • Hampton Inn EWR king bed, refundable $116.69
10/27 • tickets for The Late Show received!
11/8 Intercontinental Barclay 1 king, refundable $293.66 (8% back via Mr. Rebates)
11/14 • Hyatt Andaz Fifth Avenue 1 king, refundable 12,500UR points + $175.62
   • canceled and rebooked Intercontinental Barclay superior queen $218.15 (8% back via Mr. Rebates)
11/15 • canceled Millennium Hilton New York Downtown
   • booked The Viceroy with Visa Signature Collection which includes a free upgrade, late checkout, $25 food/beverage credit, and free breakfast, refundable $230.68

For New Orleans –
9/10 • economy car reserved with Enterprise (3% cashback with BeFrugal) $197.23
    • economy car reserved with Hertz through Priceline $155.47
9/24 • The Roosevelt New Orleans booked with The Luxury Hotel and Resorts Collection: queen bed, free breakfast, $25 food and beverage credit, free room upgrade upon arrival, early check-in, late checkout, free wifi, nonrefundable $290.22
10/4 • changed dates of car rental; updated price: $157.10
    • cheaper rental price from AutoSlash (with Hertz through Priceline) $133.31
10/16 • The Roosevelt New Orleans room date changed
11/1 Pontchartrain Hotel clio king, refundable booked on points 22,000
    • Hotel Monteleone king, refundable booked for $296
11/8 • Pontchartrain Hotel clio king, refundable, includes parking booked $335.52

December 2017


Needed
- Christmas location?
- Chicago?

Useful Sites
for HI (general):
* Rainfall by Month in Hawaii
* Mommy Points: Flying Between the Islands
* Just Wanderlust: Five Overrated Things About Hawaii
* Go Visit Hawaii
* Look to Hawaii

for Maui:
* Hektik Travels: The Road to Hana
* Million Mile Secrets: The Road to Hana
* Maui'in Formation Guide: What to Expect from a Maui Helicopter Tour
* Exploration Hawaii: Driving the Back Road to Hana

for Oahu:
* Exploration Travel: Waikiki Historic Trail
* Laura Radniecki: 10 Things You Must Do on Oahu, Hawaii
* TPG: Destination of the Week O'ahu
* TPG: What to do in O'ahu
* One Mile at a Time: Hyatt Regency Waikik

for Molokai:
* Hektik Travels: Molokai

for Lanai:
* Exploration Travel: Lodge at Koele

for DC:
* Washington DC: 17 Things to Do and See in Georgetown
* About.com: Potomac River: A Guide to Washington DC's Waterfront
* National Cathedral
* Smithsonian Museums
* Only In Your State: 15 Hidden Gems in Washington DC
* Afar: DC Hidden Gems and Treasures
* TripAdvisor: DC's Hidden Gems

for Key West:
* Travel Yes Please: 3 Days in Key West Itinerary
* CN Traveler: The Perfect Florida Keys Road Trip
* Florida Rambler: Best Florida Keys beaches
* TPG: Destination of the Week: Key West

for Miami:
* Miami.com: Cuban Coffee 101

for the Bahamas:
* The Islands of the Bahamas: Getting Here and Around

for St. Pete:
* Beyond the Guidebook: Move Over Miami: The Best of St. Pete
* New York Times: 36 Hours in St. Pete Beach
* Visit St. Pete/Clearwater: Gulf Coast Beer Trail
* The Birchwood: Guest Parking

for Boston, NY state, and Blue Ridge Parkway:
* Boston Discovery Guide: Prudential Skywalk & Other Boston Observatories
* National Geographic: Skyline Drive Road Trip
* Virtual Blue Ride: Overlooks
* Road Trippers: Must Drive: The Blue Ridge Parkway Connects 2 National Parks
* Thomas Schoeller: An Autumn Photo Tour of Litchfield's Hills
* Mohonk Mountain House in NY
* Gone Hikin': Bear Mountain State Park, NY

for NYC:
* Trip Savvy: How to Get Tickets to Stephen Colbert Live
* The Gothamist: What to Eat on A Day Trip to Brighton Beach

for New Orleans:
* AXS: Best Places to See Christmas Lights in New Orleans
* Fox 8: Where to See Christmas Lights in New Orleans

for CA:
* Disneyland Daily: Coastal California – From San Francisco to San Diego
* Visit California: California's Spring 2017 Wildflower Forecast
* DOT: SR 1 Road Closures
* Travel Photo Discovery: Christmas in San Francisco


See our 2015 travel planning here and our 2016 travel planning here.