25th Wedding Anniversary-that deserves a good trip,right?

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  1. free67spirit

    free67spirit Silver Member

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    Ladies, gentlemen and other milepointers-Next October, my husband and I will be celebrating 25 years together. Trying to think of a great trip while utilizing the correct amount of miles-(so as not to use more than necessary) but before I figure what to utilize I would like to appeal to your great travel minds. Give me some great ideas-I have not been to Europe or to Hawaii. I thought about French Polynesia but I am torn all away around. Right now I am sitting on a sw(lots of points + companion pass through 2015) My husband and I each of 100,000 points each on USair. Lots of ultimate rewards and other hotel points. I am happy to hear your recommendations and then I can plan accordingly. I mean I expect to do this marriage thing once so I feel like this should be one terrific destination. Thanks for all your recommendations!!!!!
     
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    Ah, to be that young again. With the AA US merger you should be in a better place for destinations. There are SO MANY GREAT PLACES to go and only so much time. My +1 and I hit the big island for our 25th. From a few days to a couple of weeks the big island has a lot to offer, is not a budget buster, and is easy to get around. Different but safe.
     
  3. edekba

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    Congrats! I just past my 1st year so ... I still have a lot of time before I get to your silver anniversary.

    But to answer yoru question .. since you stated you do have a bit of WN Points & Companion Pass ... I would suggest doing Mexico/Caribbeans since that's why WN flies intl. right now. Cancun at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun using your UR via Hyatt seems like a good idea :)
     
  4. 8MiHi

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    I am a fan of Hawaii. The Big Island is wonderful, but you need a car to get to most places. The snorkeling at Captain Cook's Monument (a tiny British piece of land that requires a kayak, a long hike or a tour boat) is spectacular. We have kayaked multiple times with an escort of spinner dolphins. The Kohala coast on the west (leeward side of the island near Kona) is where most of the best beaches are. The volcanoes are a marvel and the Onizuka Center on Mauna Kea is an amateur astronomer's dream.
    Kauai is also otherworldly with Waimea Canyon, The Na Pali Coast and many inland Kayak opportunities. Princeville is a golfer's greatest dream with Hanalei Bay and Haena State Park nearby.
    We have thoroughly enjoyed the cosmopolitan paradise pleasures of Oahu, but many consider it too busy.
    We took our daughter and my mother (for her 90th!) on the NCL cruise out of Honolulu to 4 of the major islands and enjoyed it a lot, but I think we might have had a better time parking ourselves in one place (although this did give us a chance to snorkel the Molokini crater off of Maui!).
    Have fun picking out some great place to go.
     
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  5. daninstl

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    I think it depends on what you enjoy. My wife and I went on a cruise for our 25th a few years ago. We loved it. It is a good time to go on a cruise in October as the pricing is cheap by the way. Air trip wise I think I would use your US Air miles and go to Europe. You should be able to find business award space for that kind of miles. Rome or Spain would be really nice that time of year. What ever you do I would try booking now or as soon as the schedule opens up. I haven't done Hawaii on miles so I'm not an expert on that but October would be good there as well.

    Another good option might be the SW+companion to the Caribbean. I like Cozumel. It is the tail end of Hurricane season that time of year but it's always some kind of gamble anywhere you go.
     
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    We celebrated our 25th in October by spending three weeks in Italy ( and Sicily)
    Top highlight stops of the trip were Rome, Ravello (Sorrento), Matera, Lake Como, Montepulciano and Tivoli.

    On the actual anniversary date (Oct 14th) we spent the day travelling by lake steamer on Lake Como and visiting the wonderful small lakeside towns of Tremezzo, Varenna (since had been there before) we only stopped in Bellagio for lunch) and had a fabulous anniversary dinner at the Baia de Moltrasio (stayed in Moltrasio for 3 nights)
     
  7. lapointdm

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    My husband and I did Italy (Rome, Florence, and Venice) on our honeymoon, and Paris on our 10th. It was just special being in a different culture sharing the experience together. I'm sure whatever you decide will be special because you will be together!

    As far as where would you want to go, do you prefer seeing new cultures? relaxing at the beach? Outdoor sports? Historical locations? Think about what most appeals to the both of you and then narrow down the locations that will meet the goal. With a southwest pas that gives you easy access to the us, some spots in mexico, and some in the carribean. You could also use southwest as positioning flights to get you closer to somewhere else. If you have a lot of time consider stopping in multiple locations.
     
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    I like the idea of doing something simple and easy, i.e. Hawaii. I'm "only" at 14 years marriage, but in my mind that significant of an anniversary would be a good time to take it easy and minimize the stress of traveling so you have more time to just enjoy the vacation.

    The one caution is that if you are east coast based it probably easier travel wise to go to the Caribbean because Hawaii is really a good ways away from the east coast, especially on an award that likely will mandate a connection on the west coast.
     
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    The beach at Isla Verde PR ha the look and feel of HI and is much closer. All the major hotel chains are there. Very nice for 3 - 7 days.
     
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    Wow such great replies and so many things I did not even think about. I love that you are all giving me such great ideas!!!!
     
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    You did say French Polynesia. My spouse and i went to Bora Bora and Tahiti for our 10th anniversary, then to the Seychelles and Reunion for the 20th. We're planning now for our 36th, and considering staying home- we've never done that! OTOH, I have started plotting the long term plan for the 50th, assuming we're still around then. Of your stated choices I'd opt for French Polynesia.

    If OW is your choice you could try Easter Island, available almost exclusively by LAN from Santiago. That is a spectacular place to rekindle relationships, remote, fascinating culturally, unhurried and easy to get around with walking, bicycles or motor scooters. It's unlike any other island destination but very few people go there because it is so remote. As an added benefit you could see Santiago on the way. I do not know about anniversaries but it was a great place to court the wonderful person who is now my spouse.
     
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    I didn't catch how long you have, which can make a major difference.

    Some thoughts - The South Pacific is a very long way and you may not have enough points to fly there except in coach, which I wouldn't do for an anniversary trip. You'll arrive (and return) exhausted by horribly cramped conditions with 20+ hours of flying in each direction. Meh.

    What about this? By October your US miles will be AA miles, hence redeemable on one-way flights. Burn 50K miles each for a one-way business class flight to Europe, then cruise back, or v.v. For example, say you have two weeks. Sail on the Queen Mary II from New York to Southampton (six nights.) Spend a week in Britain (find some cozy country hotel with a big fireplace and open-beam/thatched roof ambiance.) Then fly home in business class. Or do this in reverse - fly over, then sail back. The QM2 sails in each direction every two weeks. We did it NYC-Southampton in late March one year (we were worried about rough seas, but needlessly) and found it a marvelous way to arrive totally relaxed, not to mention non jet-lagged.

    Or if you have more time (say 3 weeks) fly to Barcelona one way using miles, enjoy that wonderful city and surroundings for a week or so, then hop on one of several cruise ships (Princess, Holland America, others) that do "repositioning" cruises (from Europe/summer itineraries to Caribbean/winter ones) back to - typically - Florida. Most of those take 12-15 days to cross, depending on ports of call (usually the Canary Islands, Madeira, etc.) so you'd need three weeks for both the land and sea portions. Balcony cabins are usually quite cheap* on transatlantic sailings, and the trip is incredibly relaxing - unpack once, very comfortable rooms and beds, huge choices of dining options, room service whenever you want it. (You could do the same thing from Rome, by the way.)

    * "Cheap" in my book means under $150 per person per day, which isn't a bad deal considering you're getting a waterfront hotel room that moves, transatlantic transportation, and all meals and entertainment. Hard to match with hotels, restaurants, flights etc.

    Congratulations on your upcoming 25th!
     
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    Mrs Willie wants a big party for our 25th next year, with LOTS of friends invited, hosted in a downtown Chicago hotel.
    I'd rather travel with her & even if paying full fare for the travel, the pocketbook will be far better off than throwing a party!!
    this is why it is important to share more of your personal travel goals for your trip like @lapointdm asks:
     
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    We went to Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley and the Galapagos for our 25th (2 weeks total) and loved our trip. (but paid and traveled in coach as we were not paying attention to earning and burning miles then).
    For our 30th we went to Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand (in Business) and have yet to plan our 35th..... (but we travel yearly now with the mileage we have learned to earn). Wherever you chose, you can make your trip extra special for your style and level of travel energy/interests.
    We spent a week on the big Island last year and had a very pleasant time there.
     
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    Since you've never been you should come to Hawaii. The weather is better than the Carribean and there is so much more to do here. Every island is different and you should take a look at what each has to offer. Big Island of Hawaii-volcano currently flowing Maui-Haleakala and great beaches Kauai-More beaches Oahu- the city but a lot of things to do and also the #1 beach in the world, and it's not Waikiki. Hawaii you won't regret it.
    BTW: We just got back from our 25th with a trip around the world. There are a lot of great places to visit as we have gone to most mentioned in the replies. We love to travel but it's always a pleasure to come home to Hawaii!
     
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    Eze is really the only place....if you don't go to Eze it proves you don't love your spouse.........
     
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    Congrats for the 25th anniversary! I suggest Holland & Belgium (namely Bruges and Gent, incredibly romantic cities). Additionally, the Caribbean ABC - Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao - with their amazing sunny nature all year round, gorgeous beaches, wonderful hotels ( check Renaissence Aruba's Flamingo Island), food and people.
     
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    After 76 times across the Atlantic and a bunch over Pacific, my wife recently asked my favorite. My answer: To just relax, blend in and enjoy, would be Italy. My favorite would be to split it between Positano and Capri, adding Ravello if you like (Hydrofoil Service available all along coast). In the lakes, Bellagio on Lake Como is great, or further up the Alps toward the Brenner Pass I love Bolzano.but a bit late in the year for warm weather. In Hawaii, Maui is my favorite, particularly The Hyatt Regency, Maui. The Island has everything you want, plus the drive along the road to Hana (itself a secluded romantic village, if this is what you want). October is also usually a good time with lower rates and no crowds.
     
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    We live in Hawaii and have only been married 45 years and my pick is Paris. Although we've never been there for a wedding anniversary, we've celebrated my wife's birthday in Paris 3 times and as recently as last month. And the perfect place for an anniversary dinner - Chez Denise - you'll love it.
     
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  20. we believe in celebrating "round-numbered" birthdays with something special. We've done a cruise out of Grenada on the late lamented Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, have done Alaska, French Polynesia, St Lucia. i would highly recommend that you go to French Polynesia. i suggest you look into sailing on the Paul Gauguin luxury small ship out of Papaete, Included in the cost is free air fare from LAX so you can keep those miles and have ANOTHER great adventure later on! That, and the three free meals a day in his all inclusive cruise make the cost really quite reasonable and you can get a taste for a number of those marvelous Society Islands at the same time. After the cruise, stay at a resort or two for several days each - likely, pay for three, stay four. The in-state airline Tahiti Air will sell you a pass so it's pay once and off you go (and back you come again). We used Laurel Samuela of truetahitivacations.com - she and James live on Moorea so she's right there for you as you need her. i'd suggest one of the nice resorts on Moorea or Bora Bora (the Sofitel on its "private island" a motu in the lagoon is quiet and less expensive) or one of the two wonderful resorts off Taha'a - about 10 miles from Bora Bora - the Spa or the marvelous Vahine Island. For your anniversary, i very highly recommend La Villa Mahana on Bora Bora - request the "Secret Table" - no i won't reveal the secret but it was the best and most romantic meal we've ever had! Whatever you decide - we do love St Lucia - also very romantic - and have planned a trip to Fiji coming up - and the Greek Islands are also on the wish list - have a great time
     
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    ah, EZE is wonderful but some will argue Saint-Paul de Vence can be even better, especially if you stay at Le Saint Paul. I admit a bias since my spouse bought me a house there for my 40th birthday and we kept it for 26 delightful years.

    Sent from my iPad using milepoint
     
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    To be honest I am all over the place. I could put all of these choices in a hat and pick one out and go with any one of them. I am enjoying the wonderful ideas!
     
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    Yes, the Caribbean is a great choice especially from our east coast location EXCEPT my one concern our anniversary is October. Yup hurricane season! It may be worth the chance and I would not have to book that so far out. It does make me nervous to plan.
     
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    Thank you-it sounds so beautiful! Hard to resist!
     
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    Yes you are right a gamble but one that can also wait a little longer in the year to be booked.
     
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