Tier Point Run to Palm Springs in Dec 2023

To continue the build of my Tier Points in my next British Airways Executive Club membership year, I am heading over to Palm Springs to (hopefully) see some sun!

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A map of the Hawaiian islands on display at the Starbucks Reserve store in Waikiki
A map of the Hawaiian islands on display at the Starbucks Reserve store in Waikiki
A map of the Hawaiian islands on display at the Starbucks Reserve store in Waikiki
A map of the Hawaiian islands on display at the Starbucks Reserve store in Waikiki

Tier Point Run to Hawaii in Feb 2024: Day 3 – Morning in Honolulu

By Nige on Sun 18 Feb 2024 at 13:07
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Story: Tier Point Run to Hawaii in Feb 2024
Tags: Honolulu | Trips | USA | Waikiki

After my 2-3 mile walk last night, I hit the sack at about 10pm. I slept through to about 2am, which isn’t bad for me, especially when I had already enjoyed over 2 hours kip earlier in the evening.

The Starbucks Reserve store located on Kuhio Ave
The Starbucks Reserve store located on Kuhio Ave
The Starbucks Reserve store located on Kuhio Ave
The Starbucks Reserve store located on Kuhio Ave

I carried on with some work on The Dovecote biodiversity enhancements first thing and that took me to 4am, within striking distance of Starbucks opening at 4:30am.

I found a new store: a Starbucks Reserve just down the road, so I wouldn’t need to trudge up towards the Zoo to pick up my coffee. Not that a bit of exercise is a bad thing, but a change is as good as a rest as they say.

After picking up my coffee, I enjoyed 5 mins sitting in the store. The barista had been very friendly, so that was a positive. I headed back to my room to carry on with some work.

Breakfast at the TR Firegrill in Waikiki
Breakfast at the TR Firegrill in Waikiki
Breakfast at the TR Firegrill in Waikiki
Breakfast at the TR Firegrill in Waikiki

Breakfast started at 6am in the TR Firegrill, a restaurant connected to the hotel.

I registered at the podium just outside the restaurant in the hotel and I had a lovely chat with the Thai manager, who had been living in Hawaii for 5 years. She picked up my accent and I appologised that I was clueless about accents.

I ordered the breakfast burrito with potatoes and portuguese sansuage, which was really nice.

The burrito wasn’t a typical burrito, but I wasnt going to complain considering it was effectively free.

Enjoying a walk in the relative coolness of the shady Waikiki streets
Enjoying a walk in the relative coolness of the shady Waikiki streets
Enjoying a walk in the relative coolness of the shady Waikiki streets
Enjoying a walk in the relative coolness of the shady Waikiki streets

I wandered out to pick up my second Starbucks of the day, together with doing a bit of window-shopping.

I ended up down at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (HHV) again, so I picked up a coffee and wandered down to the beach.

It was only 8:30am and it was too hot for me in the sun, so I looked for some shade to sit and chill near the beach.

On the way back I popped into Crazy Shirts and invested in a nice Hawaiian t-shirt. Not found anything for the Mrs as yet, but I continue to look!

The view from my one-bed suite at the Hilton Waikiki Beach hotel
The view from my one-bed suite at the Hilton Waikiki Beach hotel
The view from my one-bed suite at the Hilton Waikiki Beach hotel
The view from my one-bed suite at the Hilton Waikiki Beach hotel

Back to the hotel and I blagged an upgrade into one of the Hilton Waikiki Beach’s one-bed suites on the 26th floor.

You just need to ask and offer a vaguely believable reason and as a Diamond member, there’s a good chance you may get lucky!


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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