I hesitate to publish this because it’s not a strong example of using points and miles. In fact, this is probably a scenario that several of you may have accomplished on your own. Still, I had to start somewhere, and I already teased pictures from this trip. So I’m pot-committed here.
To begin: I’m a professional boxing fan. This goes back at least from the Hearns-Hagler-Leonard-Duran era right on up to Lomachenko, Inouye, Gonzalez and Triple-G of today (better look ’em up). And ever since Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao rose up to prominence, I’ve always stated that if a fight between the two happened, I’d do everything I could to be in the stands. It was not expected, however, how painful it would be to get a ticket for the fight. The tale is long and harrowing, and I’ll spare you, but let’s just say that without a huge gift from my family — shout out to the cousins! — for my Yakudoshi birthday year (a Hawaii-Japanese tradition) and the sacrifice of almost my entire gambling stake, I would not have been able to secure a nose-bleed-section ticket to fulfill my Vision Quest.
But I did. And here’s how I got there:
Transportation: Hawaiian Airlines, coach, 2 tickets (Ryan and T plus baby AT). One way: around $600 paid (with travel credit of $75 from Barclay Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard); the other: 35,000 Hawaiian Miles + $11.20 in fees. Note: we had enough American Express Membership Rewards points to transfer to Hawaiian Airlines and cover the airfare, but we wanted to save them for a future opportunity; in retrospect, $1,350 in airfare for 70,000 Hawaiian Miles would have been a redemption of $0.019/mile, which is not bad.
Lodging: California Hotel and Casino, “Deluxe” King Room, casino comp.
So, again, not sexy. Total cost: about $611.20, or $850 or so less than retail.
Now here’s pictures of fight night. And I promise next trip report will be more educational.