flights out of EWR for your dates are running $780 each for economy, one stop.
by my rough estimate, your HM would cost $5500 if you book out of EWR, stay in a standard room at the Kea Lani, and cut down your budget for spending while on Maui.
If you really want to save, look for hotel specials in west Maui; the Ritz is a decent hotel and there are dozens of tourist class hotels that will be just fine. Wailea is a nicer area for a romantic holiday, but west Maui has more shopping etc. The Westin properties are both solid too.
If you go, take a national park pass and go see Haleakalā NP!!!!! and if you want to do what everyone does their first time on Maui, drive the road to Hana.
If you really want to save, consider Honolulu instead of Maui.
Thanks Hege, a lot of useful info to consider. You hit the nail on the head, the room was at the Four Seasons Maui for value/service vs $ spent. I chose the FS because of the reviews and superior service. The Fairmont was second choice but I never knew about the PIF option. That's a great savings. I should have noted that we have not depleted our savings for this wedding. I have a substantial savings account put aside for emergencies but I refuse to tap into that. That is in case of a layoff or illness. That being said we both make decent incomes however; living on Long Island, NY we also have substantial bills. All told the financing of the wedding on CC
's should take 12-18 months to pay off in full but the additional expense for the honeymoon puts our debt total at a level that I am not comfortable with. After weighing the options we have decided to just spend a few days in Vegas (my brother in law works for the Wynn and can comp us suite nights), have some nice dinners and see a couple Cirque shows. This should be around 2k total with airfare and expenses. Once the CC
's are paid off in 12-18 months we will start planning our dream getaway to Maui. This seems like the most logical approach. Plus, it should yield a more relaxing trip without the financial stress overhead.
Edited by longislandguy, 02 May 2012 - 05:42 PM.