travel bargains in the age of COVID-19


United Airlines must have a lot of availability per the email blast they just sent me. Look at all the unsold seats on that route ... only 51 seats left at this price.

A chance for a last minute weekend getaway, you'll depart this Friday on the 7:01 p.m. flight to Kona. With the three hour time difference, you'll arrive Kona at 9:33 p.m., giving you four full days to soak in the sun and enjoy the waves of the Big Island.

Here's a suggested itinerary to take full advantage of this travel bargain:

13MAR (Friday)
United # 1723 departs SFO 7:01 p.m., arrives Kona 9:33 p.m.

13MAR-4NT — Mauna Lani 
Virtuoso Mauna Lani Journey Promotion (requires a four night stay)
  • $250 daily resort credit
  • Daily buffet breakfast for two in HaLani Restaurant
  • additional one-time $100 resort credit
Ocean View Deluxe King room @ $774 per night 

17MAR (Tuesday)
United # 435 departs Kona 2:46 p.m., arrives SFO 10:49 pm.

Mauna Lani has just reopened following an extensive $200 million renovation. Guest rooms are large and gorgeous, and The Mauna Lani Journey Promotion is one of the best values I've seen. With $1100 in total resort credits for a four night stay (the promotion combines with Virtuoso amenities), your NET per night room rate is $499 per night, an amazing price for a luxury resort. With complimentary buffet breakfast for two and (hopefully) an upgrade to an Ocean Front King room if available at check-in, your resort credits could pay for virtually all your meals.

Hawaii, anyone?

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