I Am Going to Hawaii for $6 to Eat Arby’s on the Beach
Winner winner chicken dinner, or Arby’s sandwich dinner? If you remember last Friday and this Monday there was a contest hosted by Arby’s. They offered 10 people a chance to fly to Hawaii to eat Arby’s on the beach. This promotion was to kick off the fact that Arby’s is bringing back sandwiches on King’s Hawaiian buns.
The winners were selected on a first come first serve basis. Arby’s had 5 winners on Friday and 5 on Monday. I couldn’t get through in time on Friday but on Monday I struck gold. I was one of the first 5 people to get through and I booked my trip for $6 (in all my haste I forgot to use the Aloha promo code to make it $0). Now that I have the itinerary of the trip I wanted to share the broad strokes with you. Look for a follow up post after I complete the trip, and get some much needed rest, sometime in the beginning of May.
Holy 💩 – I Won!
I am not going to lie, this promo is kinda insane. Did I say kinda? I meant this promo is truly insane and that is what I love about it. I will be flying for approximately 24 hours over a 48 hour period to sit on a beach to eat some Arby’s. Does it get any more insane than that?
If I am being honest I had so little faith in winning that I wasn’t even sure what the dates were for the trip when I clicked through. I was left thinking, can I even go on this thing? Once I scrambled to confirm that I could I celebrated my victory but saying (screaming)….WHAT!?!..multiple times. Some profanity may have been mixed in there for sure.
Lets get down to the deets of the thing though. Next Friday I will be flying to Los Angeles in coach and I arrive around lunch time. Arby’s is then putting us up in a hotel near the airport for the evening. On Saturday we get up at the crack of dawn to head back to the airport to fly first/business class to Honolulu. It appears to be lie flat – score! We will then be taken to the beach to hang out, eat some Arby’s King’s Hawaiian sandwiches, and there will be some other surprises I guess. After 6 hours we head back to the airport and depart the island that evening. We will fly back to LAX and then I hop on a plane to Detroit after a two hour layover at LAX. Both flights are in coach on the return. Crazy right?
The trip has an estimated ARV of $2700. All contest winners will also get a $150 gift card for incidentals on the trip and a $500 check to help offset the tax liability from winning the trip.
Could I Stay Longer Than 6 Hours?
The first question many people asked/wondered about is could I change my flight home? Arby’s has said you can book your own flight home and stay in Hawaii longer if you like. I decided to check some award flights home on Sunday or Monday. Since this whole thing is very last minute I wasn’t able to find anything for a decent price. I also don’t have a lot of time available to spend in Hawaii with a travel packed next few weeks. Because of these two things I decided to stick with the promo the way it was intended. Plus I think the craziness of it speaks to me. It is all about the experience and story after all.
But I still wanted to try to improve my flights if I could. The first thing I did was attach my frequent flyer number so I can earn some miles on the flights. I then checked out the seat assignments and looked to improve them where I could.
Let Me Upgrade Ya!
On the flight out to LAX the plane was pretty full and the seat I had was about as good as it gets. The upgrade options were not worth the asking price. On the flights from Honolulu to LAX and then back to Detroit it was a different story. The first class cabin was already full but there were plenty of Comfort+ seats available. The airline offered me the choice to use miles to upgrade but the value was too low at around 1 cent per mile. I was able to upgrade both flights for a total of $239. I also snagged seats in the exit row with an empty space in front of them for the most leg room on the plane 😉.
When it came time to pay I used my Platinum Delta Skymiles card since I still had the $100 statement credit available for any Delta purchase. This is the card I recently signed up for because of the no lifetime language offer.
I still can’t believe I won or that I am doing this! I would never plan a trip like this myself and I know many people out there will think all of this flying is not worth it. But I am looking forward to the experience and sharing the story with you all. I am sure I will regret it at points, like when I go a day and a half without a bed or shower, but overall I expect to come out of it with gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity!
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