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Best Hawaii Hotels, Free In-Flight Messaging & VR

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Every day I personally look through hundreds of blog posts from the best travel blogs on the internet. When I find posts that I feel would be valuable to you, I put them together in a Travel Blog News article. Today I found a few travel articles that meet the standards. Here are the best of the best from today.

 

Free Messaging on Southwest – The Gate

It’s always nice to be able to communicate with friends and family while in the sky.  Southwest is rolling out free messaging on their flights and should be done in October.  This means you can message whoever is picking you up with an accurate time of when you should be arriving at the airport.  Or you can get in on that group chat that you’d normally come back to with hundreds of unread messages.

From experience on Alaska’s free messaging, I noticed that it also allows some other apps to work, whether on purpose or not.  While I was flying to and from Washington DC this summer I was able to receive updates on twitter through the free messaging.

 

Best Hawaii Hotels Using Points – Million Mile Secrets

While we normally stay in a condo in Hawaii, we’ve also stayed in two of these hotels as well as a few others.  Hawaii is our favorite destination due to it’s beauty and ease of travel from the west coast.  We typically stay in condos so that we can prepare most of our own meals.  But, with these options available using points, we may try booking a hotel for “free” next time.  I say “free” with quotations because many of these hotels have resort fees, which you still have to pay on reward stays.  I’m not a fan of resort fees.  Why should a hotel have a set price for a room and then for no particular reason add another fee to the price?

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We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai using our free nights through the World of Hyatt credit card.  The hotel was in a great location in Poipu and was beautiful.  The sand bottom pool was great for relaxing if we didn’t want to make the trek another 100 yards to the beach.  It had nice white sand beaches just in front of the property.  We even made S’mores one night out near the pools!

Another of these hotels that we stayed at was the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, which we did not enjoy.  It’s a few blocks from Waikiki Beach and in a great location if you like that area.  We found the hotel to be pretty run down and not what you’d typically expect from a Hyatt Place Property (they usually have nice chic rooms with the somewhat separated bed and living space with modern shower).  Also, we dislike the Waikiki area.  The beaches are not nice and it being overcrowded is an understatement.

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Alaska Airlines Has VR Headsets on Flights – The Points Guy

Virtual reality has hit the skies.  Alaska Airlines has rolled out VR headseats on a few of their flights.  You’re only able to watch a few movies in virtual reality 3D.  Fortunately the films that are on the headsets are only forward facing VR.  If not you might have passengers moving all over the place on the plane!  I’ve never watched a movie with one of these headsets, but it’s supposed to give the feel of being in the theater.  It seems like a good touch for Alaska Airlines.  I just hope they wipe off the headsets with sanitizer after each use.

 

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