Most flights to the US Mainland leave late in the day while most hotels require that you check out at noon. Most likely, you’ll want to do some last minute sightseeing with your last hours in Hawaii, but wise readers know that you shouldn’t go sightseeing with your luggage in your car. So, this situation creates a challenge. What do you do with your luggage on your last day? Here are three strategies for what you can do to protect your luggage on the last day of your Hawaii visit.
1. Politely request a late hotel check-out. It never hurts to ask, though the chances aren’t great that your request will be granted. I’d estimate that we’ve been successful about 30% of the time when we’ve requested a late check out.
2. Explain your situation and ask the hotel bell staff or condo management to hold your luggage. I’d advise you to lock your luggage when you leave it with them and offer a gratuity to the person assisting you.
3. Consider checking your luggage at the airport. Most airlines allow you to check your luggage the day of your flight – even if it’s several hours before your flight. Before heading to the airport, do call the airport to determine when your airline’s counter opens. For example when we were flying out of Kona last March, our flight didn’t leave until about 10pm and the American Airlines counters didn’t open until around 7pm. Please note that when you check your luggage, a checked baggage fees may apply, so verify the fees with the airline. Again, I’d advise you to lock your luggage with a TSA approved lock.
How have you stored your luggage on the last day of your Hawaii vacation? Please comment with your advice.