Best Money Saving Travel Tip

Best Money Saving Travel Tip
Best Money Saving Travel Tip

Are you dreaming of getting away?  Summer vacation is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning and booking your Maui Vacation!

Many don’t know this but most listing sites are now charging you huge BOOKING FEES or ‘Service Fees‘ when you book through their platform. AirBnB set the trend and it wasn’t long before VRBO (and the whole family of HomeAway websites), Trip Advisor and FlipKey followed suit. These corporations are happy to tack on an addition 12% to a whopping 20% just for the “convenience” of booking through their platform.

Imagine you’re paying the following;

 

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With the big booking sites you could be paying a whopping $166 more or worse!

 

A colleague sent us this actual phone screenshot of a quote from TripAdvisor (not for our rental but another). Note the $500.00 TripAdvisor Fee plus a Booking Fee of $136.30.  The fees are more than the rental cost.  No, we’re not kidding!  Insane right?  

Best Money Saving Travel Tip

 

The question is WHY?Best Money Saving Travel Tip

Imagine what you could spend this $166 on during your vacation.  How about a Whale Watching adventure? Or what about a fancy dinner for two at Mama’s Fish House? Maybe you want to rent Kayaks or go Deep Sea Fishing?

The big corporations would have you believe that you’re ‘safer’ booking with their ‘guarantee’. But what if there’s a problem with your accommodations? Is someone in a call center halfway around the world going to help you out? Will they be able to give you inside travel tips about Maui? We think not. Wouldn’t you rather speak to the owner directly, someone who intimately knows the property you’re renting and can actually help solve issues?  Yea, us too!

  • You won’t pay booking fees
  • You have direct contact with owners
  • Guaranteed lowest price
  • Shared local knowledge – We KNOW MAUI!
  • Payments are SECURE!

That’s why we’re proud to be part of the vacation rental revolution and we ONLY book our guests direct. We manage our calendar, our housekeeping staff, and the condo ourselves. The condo you’re staying in is our home away from home too. We want only the best and don’t want our guests to pay extra! You’re GUARANTEED to pay the lowest price when you book direct.

Word is getting out among savvy travelers, no one wants to pay an online travel agency more money for the same vacation. BOOK DIRECT AND SAVE!

Best Money Saving Travel Tip

 

For more money saving Maui Travel Tips, have a look at our post ‘Top 12 Ways To Save Money On Your Maui Vacation

 

Looking for more Maui vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do,

come on over and visit our Local Maui Guide or Maui Events Calendar!

 

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Finding The Right Vacation Rental In Maui

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We know that when it comes to finding a vacation rental in Maui that you have literally thousands of choices. When it comes to finding the right vacation rental in Maui, reading previous guest reviews can help you decide if this condo is a match for your needs. So we’re always grateful to our wonderful guests and even more happy when they leave us kind words on our online reviews or in our Guest Book in the condo – you, our potential guest can see what others loved about choosing our condo.

We strive to have the best vacation condo rental in Kihei!  We’re proud of our 5 star reviews! Have a look at what our guests say.

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Have a look at why we get 5-Star reviews.

 

Looking for more Maui vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do,

come on over and visit our Local Maui Guide or Maui Events Calendar!

 

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Top 12 Ways To Save Money On Your Maui Vacation

Top 12 ways to save Money on your Maui Vacation

 

 

Traveling to Maui is a dream of many and no one wants to spend more on their vacation than they have to. That’s why we’ve put together our Top 12 Ways To Save Money On Your Maui Vacation. If you’ve dreamed of coming to Maui and you’re ready to pull the trigger then you’ll want to start here with these money saving tips!

1. Travel during low or shoulder seasons

Avoiding peak or high season can offer some real saving advantages. Aside from the bonus fact that the island will be less populated during low or shoulder season allowing you to avoid the crowds, the significant savings will really add up. Airline prices will be lower as well as accommodation rates. Our low season aka Summer Value Season starts in mid April and carries through the end of October, with our ‘shoulder’ or Fall season running November to mid December. Lots of time to plan within to save $$

2. Book a condo for your lodging

If you’re here on our website, then you’ve already discovered the advantage of booking a condo for your Maui vacation. The advantages of having a fully equipped condo is like having a home away from home – chock full of all the amenities you would expect in your own home. With our full kitchen you can cater your meal budget to eating in or dining out or any combination of the two. Depending on the location, condo rates can be vastly cheaper than resort rates. We strive to keep our rates low and yet offer all the comforts of your own home, just in Paradise! We offer free parking and because we’re within walking distance of just about every thing you could need you’ll save gas money on getting around.

3. Book direct

Middlemen always want their financial cut, vendors and suppliers have to increase their rates to cover these expenses. When you book direct you have the added satisfaction of saving middlemen fees. This can be true not only for condo rentals, but for local car rental or local activities. You’ll NEVER pay a booking or ‘convenience’ fee when you book direct with us.  Here’s an example of fees charged by vacation rental booking sites

booking ees by platform

Fellow vacation rental owner Dan O’Connor has written a great blog post on how to save money by avoiding booking fees that truly do not offer any added value to the renter.

4. Eat In

With a full kitchen outfitted with brand new top end appliances and every kitchen gadget we could think of there’s no need to eat out every meal. Shop the local grocery stores and prepare your own budget friendly meals. Attached to the house keys you’ll find our local grocery store discount cards. Present them at check-out at the grocery store for added local’s only savings. We offer a nice sized Igloo cooler so that you can pack your snacks and lunches for the day saving you money by not eating out.

5. Happy Hours

If you do want to eat out, take advantage of happy hour pricing. Most restaurants offer great deals during happy hour for both eats and drinks. For example, right next door at Fred’s Mexican Cafe Happy Hour Tuesday Taco deal along with an order of guacamole and chips is very filling. Plus their gigantic Margaritas are delish and for an added BONUS you can request a table on the patio and watch sunset. We’ve also had some amazing Mai Tai’s and pupus (appetizers) at Monkeypod Kitchen during their Happy Hour when they offer 1/2 off select drinks and appetizers/pizzas. Read more about Monkeypod’s Mai Tai’s here.

If you’re traveling on Maui, check out our post on the 7 Best Happy Hours In South Kihei

Monkeypod Kitchen Pizza

6. Groupon or LivingSocial

Leverage the discounts available from these two discount sites. Pay in advance for your activities or gear rental. You can also search online for discounts. Be sure to call vendors direct to make sure you’re getting the best deals.

7. Free activities

There’s truly no shortage of activities on Maui and many can be done for free or very low cost. When our son was young we loved Geocaching together. Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt! Maui has literally dozens of hidden Geocahces of all sizes. Membership is free and often you’ll only need your Smart Phone to find them.

geocache map mauiWhat a great way to discover the island doing a day of treasure hunting (as with all actives, please play it safe and respect private property and Maui’s ecology). Maui hosts a few wonderful museums as well. Discover all you can about Maui history and culture. Fancy hiking? There are wonderful hikes to discover in Maui from the southern lava fields near La Perouse Bay to the Iao Valley in the West Maui Mountains and every waterfall in between. A list of great hikes can be found in the Maui Guidebook as suggested in a previous post. Of course beach hopping is free and we provide as a courtesy to our guests, all the necessary gear for a day at the beach including snorkel sets, cooler, beach chairs, umbrella and more.

beach gear

 

8. Put your membership cards to work

If you’re a member of AAA, AARP, are a student or have a military ID, put your memberships to work and ask for discounts at venues that charge admission. Bring your National Park membership or Senior Pass with you and use it for Haleakala National Park.

9. Travel light

No need to pack a lot and pay for checked luggage. We offer an ensuite washer and dryer for your convenience so you’ll find that you can pack all you need in a carry-on. We’ll cover in a separate post how to pack for Maui but the general rule is that you’ll only ever wear half of what you bring, and ‘take twice as much money and half as much clothing’ is a popular tip given to Maui travelers.

10. Plan in advance

This may seem pretty obvious to most. As a former travel agent  I’ve found that many don’t know that there are savings to be had by buying your tickets 14 or 21 days in advance. With an island destination, savings can be had by even booking further out than that. Most of our guests plan months in advance. Booking too far out can cost more and booking too close in can also raise the price. There’s a ‘Goldilocks’ time frame that’s ‘Just Right’ and that leads to our next tip…

11. Sign up for Airline alerts

We’ve signed up to get fare alerts from Virgin (Alaska), Hawaiian Airlines and so on so that we know when they’re running their airfare specials. Signing up for alerts from flight tracking sites such as Hipmunk.com or Google flights can keep you in the loop of when fares are lower.

12. Car rental on a shoestring

A car isn’t absolutely necessary on Maui and clever and frugal travelers can get by with public transportation, however if you want to get around to more out-of-the-way spots on the island and you have a limited number of days, then a car is a must. Spending a little extra time making some phone calls or internet inquiries will save you some hard earned dollars. Try a few of the local car rental companies and check their prices. Our FAVORITE local car rental company is Kihei Rent A Car. Their value cannot be beat.  We’ve also heard good things about Maui Cruisers  and Maui Bio Beetle. Other options are Priceline, where you can name your lowest offer price and it might be accepted is the price is right. Pick the smallest car you can to accommodate your family. If you, your family and all of your luggage will fit in a small economy car then you’re sure to get better gas mileage. Gas is much more expensive in Maui than it is on the Mainland.

Splurge On What Matters Most To You, Skimp On The Rest. Make your bucket list and decide what things that you want to do and can afford to do. These are the things that you should splurge on. Plan a few indulgences and use the savings on the items above to allow you to splurge on your one or two big ticket or more memorable items while on Maui like a day at the spa, an upgrade to a convertible or Jeep or a fantastic golf package.

I spent may years packing a tent and camping gear to Maui and sleeping on the sand at Papalua Beach Campground because I was truly on a strict budget. I’m certainly dating myself as this was back in the days that you could still check two bags for free. One day I’ll write another post of our camping adventures on a true shoestring budget!

 

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How to plan your trip to Maui using ‘The Guidebook’

Plan your trip to Maui using The Guidebook

How to plan your trip to Maui using ‘The Guidebook’.

So you’ve booked your tickets and you’ve booked our condo and now you want to plan your activities and your trip.  The sheer volume of information, things to see and do, and activity vendors is staggering. How do you narrow it all down to fit within your time frame?  You may want to start by viewing our ‘Maui Bucket List’ which contains some of the things we feel are ‘don’t miss’ things for Maui.  It by no means covers all the wonderful things to do while visiting Maui but it’s a good place to start.

Sandy beachOf course you will want to visit our world-class beaches to get your much needed dose of Vitamin Sea!  You can start by reading our ‘Maui Beaches’ guide. You’ll find a brief overview of some of the top beaches that we enjoy spending time at as well as some of the more unique beaches of Maui such as ‘Waianapanapa’, the Black Sand Beach of eastern Maui.

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”   – Mark Twain

 

Maui Revealed The Ulitimage GuidebookFor a much more in depth source of information, I recommend to all of our guests that they pick up a copy of Maui Revealed The Ultimate Guidebook, a thorough travel guide.  Written by Andrew Doughty of Kapaa on the island of Kauai.  Andrew is author of a handful of Hawaiian Island guides. We leave a copy in our condo for your use but having a copy well in advance of your departure will help you to plan your days and schedule activities.

In it you’ll find detailed maps, sections on The Basics, Maui broken up into regions, beaches, activities, adventures and island dining.

 

 

Maui Revealed Smartphone AppIf Tech is your thing you’ll be happy to know that Maui Revealed is now available as a Smartphone app. You can get your copy on iTunes, buy for Android or purchase the app from Amazon.

Regardless of how you obtain your copy, there’s one thing that those of us who love Maui wish to share as it relates to your upcoming travels. And that’s RESPECT.  There is some controversy surrounding Doughty’s guidebooks – some say he encourages tourists to trespass on private property, some say their ‘secret’ island spots are no longer secret and others say that travelers don’t pay heed to his cautions and warnings.  Please don’t be that  tourist.   Show the island, it’s people and inhabitants Ho’ihi. Ho’ihi is the Hawiian word for Respect. Please, when you go to Maui, go with reverence and honor for the land, the people, the wildlife.

Moving on to activities, Doughty does a great job at covering the available activities and offering his opinion. There’s no way we could have visited and tried them all so we defer to the guide ourselves when looking into a new activity. We’ve tried quite a few activities and you’ll find our thoughts and recommendations on the Maui Bucket List page as well as in our House Guide located in our condo.

Of course we’re always here to help and answer questions from our guests so don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or click the ‘Contact Us’ button over there on the right. If we don’t know the answer we’ll sure help you find it!

 

When I think of Maui I think of limitless activities, exotic visions of beautiful beaches and mysterious offshore islands. I think of the incredible drive along the Hana Highway with its countless waterfalls and the less-travelled drive around West Maui. I think of good food and good mai tais. Of early morning treks up to the frigid 10,000-foot level of Haleakala for morning sunrises. Of great times, high adventures and contented smiles at the end of the day. If you know where to go and what to see on Maui, I promise you memories of a lifetime. – Andrew Doughty

 

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