What’s the best way to rent a car in Hawaii? | Ask Us Anything Ep 46

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This week’s “Ask Us Anything, Live” brought in a plethora of questions about island vacations, including a request for tips on the best way to rent a car in Hawaii (23:24) and a snapshot into Tim’s ridiculously creative RTW surprise honeymoon (33:35)!

You can watch the full episode below or click the timestamps to navigate directly to each question in YouTube. And of course, don’t forget to attend our next Ask Us Anything, September 7th at 9pm ET.

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3:20 – Hey Greg, Nick & Stephen, between now and when you depart for your 3Cards3Continents Challenge, what are you most looking forward to?

4:36 – Can you PC ink premier to ink preferred and transfer points earned on ink premier to partners?

5:49 – What’s the optimal amount of nights to spend in the Maldives? Favorite activity while there?

8:47 – Does Turo and getaround car rentals count as travel for chase? Where can you buy VGCs that will count as travel for chase?

10:35 – When calling a credit card company for a retention offer, what do you typically say? …. Do you think it even matters what you say?

14:14 – Currently have the Chase trifecta, what would be the 1 (not multiple) card that you would add to my wallet?

15:58 – What will IHG’s next “improvement” be to their reward program?

18:59 – I have an IHG card with Chase and I have Platinum Status. We have reservations for Aruba in February. When is the appropriate time to request a room upgrade ?

23:24 – Planning to Travel to Kaui next March, which is the best way to rent Car for 4 people?

27:35 – Hey guys! Outside of SUBs, what are the best ways to acquire Marriott, IHG, and Hilton points? Or are there better ways to pay for stays at these properties? I know their branded cards don’t offer as much value on spend as other cards, and I’d be getting a poor return with transferable points.

29:40 – any tips on booking flights from Tahiti to Bora Bora? Would you use UR points or just pay cash? and how early would you book the flights?

31:30 – What’s up with cathay Pacific business class from USA to Hong Kong 50 k Alaska miles ..….don’t see award availability on British site

33:35 – Hi All. Need inspiration on RTW itineraries. Can you post any previous RTW itineraries you’ve taken? Thanks

37:12 – Just getting started out with P2… would you start with a Sapphire card to get the 48 month timer going or work on the Inks until there’s an increased SUB on one of the Sapphires?

39:06 – I got the Amex platinum 20k AU offer last year, got the bonus, was qualified for another one this year Added two people in two browsers back to back. Met the spend requirement on both cards, but only the first one got the 20k bonus. Should I call Amex and ask for the second 20k MR points?

40:08 – Does it ever make sense to buy points (on sale preferably) to meet minimum spend for a SUB?

41:16 – Does Alaska Airlines Business card count towards Chase 5/24?

42:04 – The Choice Hotels acquisition of Radisson Americas is supposed to be completed sometime in the second half of this year. Any updates on how these programs will be merged of if they may remain somewhat separate?

43:24 – Seems to me many credit cards increase their offers just prior to the holiday season. Are any increased offers for specific cards on your wish lists?

44:50 – Can you move credit limit from one chase business credit card to another if they are under different business name?

46:59 – Can you downgrade CSR when annual fee posts, get a refund, and upgrade to CSR again?

48:11 – What is the primary card does everyone use when booking award flights for travel protection? Amex Plat? Chase? Venture X?

50:11 – How would you maximize the Daily Getaways Choice Privileges points. I am new to using Choice hotels and would like to know your point of view. Thanks

52:26 – What are the chances of an upgrade to Overwater Villa at Conrad Bora Bora if I have booked a Lagoon View suite and Diamond status from Aspire card?

53:58 – I know that I can meet Chase min spend requirements at Staples with GCs and cannot meet AMEX min spend the same way? How about other banks? Barclays? Citi? Capital one?

57:00 – Hello everyone! Can you have Nexus and Global entry at the same time? My Nexus is still pending and I just got an Amex Platinum

58:38 – Are you more excited for the Radisson Americas & Choice merger or the JetBlue & Spirit merger?

1:00:30 Are there any Chase cards that bypass 5/24 these days?

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Raghu Narayanan

Thanks for the inout on Car Rental in Hawaii.
I got quotes from both Costco and AutoSlash.
Costco $820 for 7 day rental for a Full Sized Car
AutoSlash $734 through Sixt.
I reserved directly through Sixt.
Both rates have no cancellation fee and Pay when when you pick up (No CC provided at time of reservation)

Thanks a lot for all the information
Raghu

Mark H

I shouldn’t be surprised to see Tim on the Frequent Miler team because I remember 20 years ago when he was talking about all the credit card miles he had for that surprise honeymoon. Now I’m working on my own points stash, partially thanks to him and all the rest of you on this site. Thanks for the hard work!