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After telling people to stay home, Hawaii is ready for travelers to come back next month

Oct. 20, 2021
3 min read
Oahu, Hawaii. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
After telling people to stay home, Hawaii is ready for travelers to come back next month
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Hawaii has had a rather tumultuous reopening experience, to say the least.

But now, Hawaii is preparing to truly welcome back travelers, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige, who is targeting a Nov. 1 reopening.

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“It is now safe for fully vaccinated residents and visitors to resume nonessential travel to and within the state of Hawaii,” said Ige, according to local news station KHON. “We want to invite and encourage fully vaccinated visitors and residents to travel for business or leisure, transpacific and interisland.”

The Aloha State initially reopened to visitors in the fall of 2020. Since then, it instituted mandatory pretravel testing and only began waiving that requirement for fully vaccinated visitors in July. Then, in August, the state asked tourists to stay home due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Even though Hawaii is open for travel, there are still pretty strict entry requirements. The Safe Travels Program remains in place, but fully vaccinated travelers no longer have to get a pretravel test or quarantine upon arrival. Under these guidelines, individuals vaccinated anywhere in the U.S. can skip testing and quarantine mandates, starting on the 15th day after completing their vaccination.

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Vaccinated travelers must provide a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with their name, birth date, type of vaccine, date(s) vaccine was administered and lot number(s) for each vaccine dose. Additionally, travelers must create an online account and register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels Hawaii web program -- and this is not optional.

The only way out-of-state visitors who are not vaccinated can skip the mandatory 10-day quarantine is with proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a trusted facility.

Unvaccinated U.S. travelers 18 and older must register through the mandatory Hawaii Safe Travels online program. Within 72 hours of departure time, each traveler 5 or older must undergo an approved COVID-19 test with negative results through Hawaii’s trusted testing and travel partners. The negative test result must be in hand when boarding your final flight leg to Hawaii. Travelers must complete the Safe Travels health questionnaire 24 hours before departure and then produce the code for local officials upon arrival in Hawaii.

Unvaccinated travelers who don’t have proof of an approved negative test must quarantine for 10 days.

Hawaii has recorded over 82,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 900 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. After a worrying surge in cases and deaths in August and September, cases have decreased, which the governor cited for the decision to reopen for nonessential travel. Currently, 70% of residents are fully vaccinated.

Now that Hawaii is welcoming travelers with open arms again, you're probably wondering how to get there -- and where to stay. If you’re planning a trip to the Aloha State, there are several ways to get (and stay) there using miles and points. Check out these guides about using your points and miles to travel to Hawaii and where to stay when you're there.

Featured image by Oahu, Hawaii. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
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  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023