The New Travel Thread: Now with write ups in the OP

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  1. CoastalOrange

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    I hate to ask for further help so soon after the fantastic guidance for Hawaii above (thanks Why?Pokes ) but has anyone spent any time in Maine? I am planning a bachelor party to visit Bar Harbor and know next to nothing about the area, or really even the state (apparently the capital is Augusta, wonder if they have a large gypsy population like Augusta/Aiken areas). The bachelor really enjoys hiking and fly fishing which is what led me to Bar Harbor with Acadia National Park right there.

    Tentative plan is:
    - Wednesday night: Fly in
    - Thursday: fly fishing
    - Thursday night: Drink at the hotel/airbnb
    - Friday: Hiking in Acadia
    - Friday night: Out and about
    - Saturday: ???
    - Saturday night: ???
    - Sunday: Profit


    Is Bar Harbor a good time for that rough itinerary or should we look to stay else where and drive in to Acadia for a hike?
     
  2. Nelson

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    Anybody got a rec for best flight search engine that would let me do NYC > anywhere in Europe on a particular date?
     
  3. Lyrtch

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    Google flights
     
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  4. Arkadin

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    Yeah google flights or kayak both do that
     
  5. Det. Frank Bullitt

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  6. 941Gator

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    https://www.the-mainboard.com/index...rd-portland-boston-new-england-thread.141885/
     
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  7. Arkadin

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    TO:

    Amsterdam (AMS)

    Barcelona (BCN)

    Brussels (BRU)

    Dublin (DUB)

    Luxembourg (LUX)

    Madrid (MAD)

    Oslo (OSL)

    Paris (CDG)

    Stockholm (ARN)

    Zurich (ZRH)


    FROM:

    Albany (ALB) - $468

    Albuquerque (ABQ) - $518

    Allentown (ABE) - $468

    Anchorage (ANC) - $469

    Appleton (ATW) - $468

    Asheville (AVL) - $518

    Atlanta (ATL) - $468

    Austin (AUS) - $468

    Baltimore (BWI) - $468

    Billings (BIL) - $516

    Birmingham (BHM) - $470

    Boise (BOI) - $513

    Boston (BOS) - $473*

    Bozeman (BZN) - $518

    Buffalo (BUF) - $518

    Burbank (BUR) - $492

    Burlington (BTV) - $518

    Cedar Rapids (CID) - $518

    Champaign (CMI) - $511

    Charleston (CHS) - $518

    Charlotte (CLT) - $466

    Charlottesville (CHO) - $518

    Chattanooga (CHA) - $518

    Cheyenne (CYS) - $486

    Chicago (ORD) - $468

    Cincinnati (CVG) - $468

    Cleveland (CLE) - $468

    Columbia (CAE) - $518

    Columbus (CMH) - $468

    Corpus Christi (CRP) - $472

    Dallas (DFW) - $468

    Dayton (DAY) - $468

    Daytona Beach (DAB) - $472

    Denver (DEN) - $456

    Des Moines (DSM) - $518

    Destin (VPS) - $493

    Detroit (DTW) - $478*

    Duluth (DLH) - $468

    Durango (DRO) - $475

    El Paso (ELP) - $470

    Eugene (EUG) - $468

    Evansville (EVV) - $468

    Fargo (FAR) - $518

    Fayetteville (XNA) - $518

    Fort Myers (RSW) - $518

    Fort Wayne (FWA) - $468

    Fresno (FAT) - $475

    Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) - $468

    Grand Junction (GJT) - $484

    Grand Rapids (GRR) - $518

    Great Falls (GTF) - $497

    Green Bay (GRB) - $493

    Greensboro (GSO) - $518

    Greenville (GSP) - $463

    Harrisburg (MDT) - $468

    Hartford (BDL) - $518

    Honolulu (HNL) - $460

    Huntsville (HSV) - $518

    Indianapolis (IND) - $468

    Jackson (JAN) - $518

    Jackson Hole (JAC) - $493

    Jacksonville (JAX) - $518

    Jacksonville NC (OAJ) - $470

    Kansas City (MCI) - $468

    Key West (EYW) - $483

    Killeen–Fort Hood (GRK) - $472

    Knoxville (TYS) - $470

    Las Vegas (LAS) - $468

    Lexington (LEX) - $518

    Lincoln (LNK) - $518

    Little Rock (LIT) - $518

    Long Beach (LGB) - $481

    Los Angeles (LAX) - $473*

    Lynchburg (LYH) - $509

    Madison (MSN) - $511

    Manchester (MHT) - $468

    McAllen (MFE) - $472

    Memphis (MEM) - $468

    Miami (MIA) - $465

    Milwaukee (MKE) - $518

    Minneapolis (MSP) - $473*

    Minot (MOT) - $468

    Missoula (MSO) - $497

    Mobile (MOB) - $500

    Moline (MLI) - $493

    Montrose (MTJ) - $486

    Myrtle Beach (MYR) - $471

    Nashville (BNA) - $517

    New Bern (EWN) - $481

    New Orleans (MSY) - $469

    New York City (JFK) - $453*

    New York City (LGA) - $461

    Newark (EWR) - $469

    Norfolk (ORF) - $468

    Oakland (OAK) - $472

    Oklahoma City (OKC) - $518

    Ontario (ONT) - $472

    Orange County (SNA) - $488

    Orlando (MCO) - $468

    Panama City FL (ECP) - $493

    Pasco (PSC) - $468

    Peoria (PIA) - $483

    Philadelphia (PHL) - $467

    Phoenix (PHX) - $468

    Pittsburgh (PIT) - $468

    Portland (PDX) - $483*

    Portland ME (PWM) - $468

    Providence (PVD) - $518

    Raleigh (RDU) - $468

    Rapid City (RAP) - $493

    Redmond (RDM) - $518

    Reno (RNO) - $475

    Richmond (RIC) - $470

    Roanoke (ROA) - $468

    Rochester (ROC) - $518

    Sacramento (SMF) - $468

    Salt Lake City (SLC) - $478

    San Antonio (SAT) - $468

    San Diego (SAN) - $468

    San Jose (SJC) - $493

    Sarasota (SRQ) - $502

    Savannah (SAV) - $518

    Seattle (SEA) - $473*

    Shreveport (SHV) - $470

    South Bend (SBN) - $468

    Spokane (GEG) - $470

    Springfield (Missouri) (SGF) - $518

    St. Louis (STL) - $468

    Sun Valley (SUN) - $472

    Syracuse (SYR) - $518

    Tallahassee (TLH) - $470

    Tampa (TPA) - $468

    Tucson (TUS) - $518

    Tulsa (TUL) - $470

    Twin Falls (TWF) - $596

    Washington DC (IAD) - $541*

    Westchester (HPN) - $468

    Wichita (ICT) - $470

    Wilmington (ILM) - $518

    Worcester (ORH) - $463

    Yuma (YUM) - $512


    * - nonstop / direct


    WHEN: Varies depending on route. Generally February through March and October through December 2019
     
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  8. bwhit21

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    Yea.. have a weekend to kill between work trips to Mysore and Hyderabad. Not ideal, but the alternative is flying home to HK and back.

    Planned to meet a family friend in Bangalore but that might not work out. Hampi looks interesting if I can figure out the logistics. Thanks man.
     
  9. Arkadin

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  10. Gin Buckets

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    Anyone got some good dinner reccos for Paris? This is for this coming Sat and Sun.
     
  11. Oranjello

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    Did you ever find out much about Bora Bora?

    Starting to kick around some ideas for my honeymoon (January 2020), and Bora Bora has been a thought. Crunched some numbers today, and with points I already have accrued (not to mention churning over the next few months) it's far less expensive than I ever imagined.

    My biggest concern is lack of things to do aside from diving/snorkeling and lounging on a beach. Part of me simply wants to spend my honeymoon being served endless frozen drinks on a beach somewhere, but the other part of me would at least like some options.
     
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  12. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    It's looking like I will cancel my Maldives rez (Conrad Rangali Island) and switch to Tathiti (Split between Moorea + Bora Bora). Tahiti is soo much easier from a travel standpoint. 9hr flight to PPT vs 29 hrs to MLE, which then requires a semi-private seaplane transfer to the property.

    The redemptions for the properties in Tahiti are about 3x-4x more than the 78k/night Hilton rate I was getting, but I think I can swing 7-8 nights in premium rooms/suites (read: Lagoon and Over-water Villas) using points, free night cert and about $2.5-3K USD. The full cost would be close to $9K paid if paid in cash only. I also have free bfast at the properties I will stay at, which would likely be another $700 or so at a resort.

    I haven't booked, and def haven't made plans, but I will reply as I do so. I believe marcus or someone else was also looking at the Hiltons in Tahiti.
     
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  13. marcus

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    French Polynesia/Society Islands, done the way you should, is going to run $10,000 on the lowest end. Now, points may change some of that, but you’re going to need a lot. In 2009, our trip finished off just over $14,000 after spending money was figured in. I’ve said it to multiple guys on here over the years, but I don’t regret a SINGLE penny and would do it again in a heartbeat...but you know, kids and stuff now. 25 year anniversary it is, then.

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me.
     
  14. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    :8mm:

    General idea of what you mean by "done the way you should"?

    I'm planning on diving, but hadn't even thought about that yet.
     
  15. FriendsofJtyler

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    Did our honeymoon at Conrad Maldives, was an absolutely incredible property. Maybe the most beautiful place I’ve been, but a beast to get there especially in economy (as we did).

    Had a buddy that just stayed at Moorea and Bora Bora Hilton properties and loved both. More to do on Moorea but he liked the Bora Bora Hilton better.
     
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  16. Oranjello

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    I agree about traveling to the Maldives being too far for ~8 days. I looked into it as well. Plus the ~$500 transfer fees suck.

    After crunching numbers I too realized I could get flights and 7 nights at the St. Regis Bora Bora in an overwater bungalow for currently accrued points and about $3-4k. That cash outlay will drop as I open a few credit cards. As I said in my previous post, way way way cheaper than I ever would have guessed.

    Due to the SPG devaluation on March 1st, I have to make a decision in the next few weeks. The answer was easily “go” until I found the weather in French Polynesia in January is potentially hot, humid, and rainy since it’s their summer/wet season. Keep me posted as your trip develops.
     
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  17. marcus

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    Multiple islands, but finishing with Bora Bora in an overwater bungalow. The most common and easiest combo seems to be Mo’orea and then Bora Bora.
     
  18. Gin Buckets

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    You're 10 year anniversary is coming up wowee. I remember your trip report after your honeymoon too.
     
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  19. marcus

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    Made initial attempts to save for this very year and make a trip back, but way too many other life expenses tapped into that fund. Ah well, one day...
     
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  20. BamaNug

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  21. Arkadin

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    For all you cry baby Atlanta never gets any deal boys. October to December

    TO:

    Berlin (TXL) - $475

    Bucharest (OTP) - $488

    Budapest (BUD) - $496

    Dublin (DUB) - $365

    Helsinki (HEL) - $461

    Luxembourg (LUX) - $475

    Munich (MUC) - $458

    Porto (OPO) - $488

    Prague (PRG) - $464

    Riga (RIX) - $465

    Stockholm (BMA) - $496

    Vilnius (VNO) - $463

    Warsaw (WAW) - $487

    Zurich (ZRH) - $395


    FROM:

    Atlanta (ATL)
     
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  22. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    marcus Oranjello

    I just booked two seats on this. Couldn't be better timing.

    https://thepointsguy.com/deals/flash-sale-united-awards-tahiti/

    I did 2 RT Tickets in PE for 98k United points + $407 total. When I looked the other day, it would have been 140k + $407 for the exact same thing. Through some glitch they gave me RT in PE instead of just the return (overnight) leg. Weird. That's about $262 that I didn't pay for, but I'm ticketed in PE already.

    Edit: I might cancel and rebook in cash, but that mileage deal is today only.
    Edit 2: Nvm: Cash price for 2 RT in PE is $2033
     
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  23. FriendsofJtyler

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    Saw that. Pretty solid deal although it’s $630 ish from SFO to PPT right now with pretty wide availability.
     
  24. Weedlord420

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    Shark attack at hanalei bay
     
  25. FriendsofJtyler

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    I surfed there with my dad and brother no less than 6 months ago. Crazy!
     
  26. C Yank

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    Just booked a Europe trip for this year. Any recommendations on the following places would be great.
    Madrid: May 7th - 10th
    Munich: May 10th - 13th
    Santorini: May 13th - 16th
    Athens: May 16th
     
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  27. Alshon

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    Are you set on that itinerary? That’s a ton of moving around in 9 days.
     
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  28. Arkadin

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    This
     
  29. C Yank

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    eh the last trip we did was more jam packed and this is taking it a bit more slow, but agree its a lot still. girlfriend wants to see like 10 places so this is the compromise.
     
  30. rezy

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    Munich do the englischer garten and hofbrau, haven’t been to any of the other places
     
  31. Where Eagles Dare

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    Yikes.

    Thank god my wife doesn't read this board. I will 100% not tell her about this
     
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  32. 941Gator

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    Not sure on that break, but that guy was probably 100 yards away from shore
     
  33. Where Eagles Dare

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    Yeah, article said he was outside at impossibles/the bowl, which is way out underneath the Princeville resort, from what I've read. Jump off the pier and paddle for a while

    I'm staying a block off pinetrees which is supposed to be fun

    I hope to still surf there, attack now means less of an attack any time soon....right??
     
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  34. FriendsofJtyler

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    Yea you will be fine, there's a ton of shore break right off the beach. Lots of places close that rent boards too.
     
  35. Room 15

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    #statistics
     
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  36. Where Eagles Dare

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    Yeah, I've found a few shops that have a good selection in Hanalei, but can't seem to find shit for rentals in Halewia
     
  37. Weedlord420

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    Rent a board for a week from a spot in Town and drive it up to Haleiwa.
     
  38. Where Eagles Dare

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    I get in at 430 and fly out at 9am. Don't think that'll work, unfortunately
     
  39. Where Eagles Dare

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    Might try to buy a used board from the lost factory
     
  40. CoastalOrange

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    So, the GF made an executive decision and instead of Hawaii for her 30th bday, it seems we are doing 5 days in Cuba. I know nothing about Cuba so this should be interesting.
     
  41. Arkadin

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    It's an island in the Caribbean about 90 miles south of Miami
     
  42. ANTWONE

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    It’s 90 miles from the southern tip of Key West. It’s like 250 miles from Miami.
     
  43. ohhaithur

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    Decent chance you get a champions league semifinal to watch. Especially if you switch madrid and Munich
     
  44. FriendsofJtyler

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    We're going to do a few days in Maui before heading to Kauai in July and I'm making it my mission to find this waterfall. So far no dice, and I pride myself on my googling skills. :angry:

     
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  47. ohhaithur

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    I *am* an internet Detective after all

    But nice find. I'm reading a lot that locals hate tourists there and may slash your tires
     
  48. FriendsofJtyler

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