How I’m Using the Chase Portal to Go Whale Watching for Free

In a few short days, I am leaving for my second trip to Hawaii. I went to Oahu and Kauai in 2018, and I can’t wait to head back to Kauai and to Maui for the first time during this trip.

My husband and I are staying four nights at the Grand Wailea in Maui before jetting off to Kauai for four more nights at the Westin Princeville. I am uber-excited to show my husband the beauty of Hawaii since he’s never been. Plus, I hope to get some rest and relaxation, and of course eat some good food.

While some of my travel arrangements are covered since this is a work-related trip, there are several things I had to pay for myself. This includes not just meals but excursions I wanted to do. Fortunately, I found all kinds of options through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal — as always!

Hawaii Excursions You Can Book Using the Chase Portal

While Chase offers excursions and day trips all over Hawaii, I only considered options in Maui and Kauai since that’s where we’ll be. The good news is, there are an incredible number of activities you can book through the portal —and for fewer points than one might think.

Also remember that you get more bang for your buck if you use the Chase travel portal with one of their premier travel credit cards. Specifically, the Chase Sapphire Reserve gives you 50% more travel when you book with points while the Chase Sapphire Preferred gives you 25% more travel. Both cards offer stellar value, but I only have the Chase Sapphire Reserve these days.

Some of the day trips I considered in Maui include:

  • Snorkeling Cruise to Molokini Crater and Turtle Town — 7,689 Chase points per person
  • West Maui Mountains Helicopter Tour — 15,666 Chase points per person
  • Midday Whale Watching from Makena Beach — 5,323 Chase points per person
  • Haleakala Zipline Adventure — 8,330 Chase points per person

The Chase portal offers a similar lineup of day trips and excursions on the island of Kauai — so many that it was overwhelming. Some of the options I considered include:

  • Napali Coast Snorkel & Sail — 12,061 Chase points per person
  • Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise — 8,468 Chase points per person
  • Humpback Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise — 5,759 Chase points per person

How I Used Chase Points for a Whale Watching Tour

It took me a while to pore over all the options for our dates, especially since some tours are only available a few days of the week. We also got invited on a Helicopter tour, so I didn’t need to book that on my own. What I really wanted to do is see some whales! I’ve gone on whale watching tours that also include snorkeling and beach time in Mexico, but I really wanted to book a trip that was dedicated entirely to seeing these huge, majestic creatures.

I ultimately booked the Midday Whale Watching tour from Makena Beach for 5,323 Chase points per person. Not only is this tour a good value in points, but it departs less than ten minutes away from the Grand Wailea. I can’t wait to see some whales and I hope we get a super close look.


[Image: Wikimedia/James Brennan Molokai Hawaii]


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