Hawaii asks tourists to ‘postpone their vacations’ for at least 30 days due to coronavirus
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
If you’ve been fantasizing about a tropical escape to the Aloha State, you’ll need to put those travel dreams on hold a little bit longer.
Governor David Ige of Hawaii on Tuesday announced a spate of new orders designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to Hawaii News Now. These regulations will close bars, clubs, state parks and theaters; limit restaurants to take-out orders only; encourage tour operators to limit or suspend operations; halt nonessential travel, including inter-island travel; and increase screening at airports and cruise ship ports. Ige also asked tourists, including U.S. mainlanders, to stay away and avoid visiting Hawaii for a month.
“We know it will have a negative impact on our economy, but we are confident that taking aggressive actions now will allow us to have quicker recovery when the crisis is over,” Ige said during a press conference. “With Hawaii’s aloha spirit and hospitality, we have always prided ourselves on sharing our islands and culture with the world. However, with the thread of COVID-19, we need to take care of our people and communities first. I am strongly encouraging our guests to postpone their vacations for at least the next 30 days, and reschedule it for a later date.”
Yes, that applies to mainlanders and theoretically extends to Hawaiians considering travel from one island to the next.
Of course, travelers shouldn’t just reconsider travel to Hawaii right now — all nonessential travel should be avoided right now.
Only you can make the very personal decision about whether or not to keep, postpone or cancel upcoming trips, but health officials say the fastest way to return to normalcy is to stop coming in contact with others. That means ceasing travel, except for essential and urgent reasons.
We support the travel industry and want to be there for it and encourage more trips, but only when the time is right. Instead of flying across the Pacific right now so you can work remotely from a Hawaiian island, we suggest you use this time to plan your next vacation. You don’t have to book yet, but figure out where you want to go and map out the right strategy for building up the right points and miles for those trips.
For travelers who want their first vacation after the situation improves to be a far-flung retreat in Hawaii, that probably means stockpiling your points, and learning the best ways to redeem them for flights to Hawaii.
For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
You’ll also need to select your perfect Hawaii resort. So, consider this an opportunity for some serious armchair daydreaming while you’re waiting out the pandemic. Read up about our favorite ways to use credit card award-night certificates in Hawaii; experience a luxury retreat in Maui; and pick the right Hawaiian island for you.
Even if you don’t book a single night at a hotel or any flights, the best way to start preparing for life after the coronavirus may be to let your mind wander to faraway places. After all, destinations — especially those that rely heavily on tourism, including Hawaii — will be eager to welcome visitors back as soon as the crisis has ended.
And it’s safe to say we’ll all be in desperate need of a day at the beach. And maybe a mai tai or two.
Feature image by Melanie Lieberman / The Points Guy
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees