One Last Chance! $6 Flights To Hawaii, Sponsored By Arby’s

One more chance for the opportunity to fly to Hawaii for $6!

Arby’s (“America’s Roast Beef. Yes, Sir!” Anyone? Anyone?) Restaurants offered this absolutely CRAZY sale on flights to Hawaii this past Friday, for just $6 apiece. And they’re doing it again today. Here are the details, as well as a few important details:

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This Is The Craziest Airline Sale Ever – $6 Flights To Hawaii, Sponsored By Arby’s

I had to double check to see if it was a late April Fool’s joke but nope, it’s not.

Apparently Arby’s (yes, THAT Arby’s – the 3,300-restaurant strong sandwich chain that’s been around since 1964) is bringing back sandwiches served on King’s Hawaiian buns. And to promote that, it’s offering trips to Hawaii for just $6 (because that’s the cost of the sandwich). But there’s a catch or two:

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How To Visit The Islands Of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

When Walt Disney World opened the Polynesian Village Resort in 1971, the world was a much smaller place. Tiki bars were popular because they offered a taste of the islands when most people had no idea what the Polynesian islands were like. This is why restaurants like Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale have been able to offer people a taste of Polynesia, which, while being not 100% culturally accurate, might be the closest people will get to visit any of these islands. If you’ve never seen this show, it’s amazingly similar to the Luau at the Polynesian (which opened 20 years later).

Here are the building names from when the Polynesian Resort opened in 1971:

  • Bali Hai
  • Bora Bora
  • Fiji
  • Hawaii
  • Maui (renamed Maori in 1978)
  • Samoa
  • Tahiti
  • Tonga

Oahu was added in 1978 and Moorea and Pago Pago were added in 1985.

By 1999, people began to realize that Disney was presenting an idealized vision of Polynesia so the buildings were renamed to more accurately represent the cultures of the islands. The names were also reassigned to more accurately represent the islands geographic positions:

  • Tonga
  • Niue
  • Fiji
  • Samoa
  • Rarotonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Aotearoa
  • Hawaii
  • Tokelau
  • Tahiti
  • Rapa Nui

In 2015, with the DVC addition of the Bora Bora Bungalows, the Tahiti and Rapa Nui buildings were changed back to their original names, Moorea and Pago Pago respectively.

While it might have been difficult to visit all of the islands of the original resort since Bali Hai is a fictional location from South Pacific, it’s totally possible to visit all of the islands named in the resort today, but it won’t be easy.

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An Airport First, Another Rewards Program Devalued, Caution: Marriott, Don’t Do This On A Plane, & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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That Time When We Stayed Up The Road From An Active Volcano

Once upon a time, years and years ago, Sharon and I decided that when got married in 2002, we would honeymoon in Hawaii. We were going to take a cruise around all of the Hawaiian islands and had even booked and arranged all the plans for the trip, including flights. Then the unimaginable happened on the morning of September 11, 2001. We watched the horrific events happen on TV on the morning we were set to finalize the details of our wedding with our Disney wedding planner.

During the aftermath of the attacks, with the decreased amount of travel, the cruise line we had booked our honeymoon with went bankrupt and stopped all operations. We already had set plans to visit Hawaii with our flights so we decided to make the best of it and planned a whole new trip with about 2 months notice. We focused on two islands, Maui (where we were landing from our flight) and Hawaii (the Big Island). Now, the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island had been erupting on a continuous basis for over 30 years, since 1983 (it still is). Sharon loves volcanoes so spending some time near Volcanoes National Park seemed to be the best plan. With the limited internet available in 2001, I found 2 nights at a bed and breakfast in the nearby Volcano Village, HI and we hoped for the best.

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