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Alaska is offering some heavily discounted award fares this winter on routes within the continental 48 states as well as flights to Hawaii through what appears to be March 7, 2018. Curiously, this deal is not a heavily publicized promotion; in fact, we can't find a landing page for the promotion.
You will have to look and see what comes up. Thanks to this discount you can get flights to Hawaii for as little as 12,500 miles, and a transcon for as little as 10,000 miles.
What Routes Are Discounted?
It is Difficult to say which routes are discounted since Alaska has not published an official promo. However, you can fly from Honolulu/HNL to Oakland/OAK one-way in economy for 15,000 miles.
You can also fly from Kona/KOA to San Jose/SJC one way in Economy for 12,500 miles.
There also are some excellent route options for transcon flights; Boston BOS to San Francisco SFC in economy will set you back 10,000 miles for a one-way trip.
Depending on the route, you can pick up an award flight from 5,000 miles to 15,000 miles.
The list is by no means comprehensive or complete; you will have to have a look at the Alaska website and determine whether the route you are interested in has any special discounts available.
Is It Worth It?
This depends on your travel plans, since you do have some better options for getting to Hawaii on Alaska. With the Singapore award chart, one-way Economy flights from Oregon, California, and Washington to Hawaii will set you back 12,000 miles booking with Singapore on Alaska metal.
You can also book flights on Alaska with Korean Air SkyPass. Flights from the US and Canada to Alaska will set you back 30,000 miles for a round-trip ticket in economy.
You can also book non-stop Alaska flights from the west coast to Hawaii for 12,500 BA Avios. For instance, a one-way economy flight from Los Angeles LAX to Honolulu HNL will set you back 12,500 Avios plus $5.60 taxes and fees. Travel Codex has put together a detailed list of some destinations.
One Point To Remember
It is worth noting that if you are going to redeem miles for a trip to Hawaii, it is not just a question of the least amount of miles, especially if you have a hefty balance of Alaska miles. Alaska has some excellent sweet spots for partner awards, including for instance the US to Delhi via Tokyo in First for only 70,000 miles with JAL. So, you might be better off saving your Alaska miles for a better redemption and paying slightly more for an award with a different partner.
To get the most out of these discounted redemptions, you will have to take a top-down look at your travel plans, and your various miles and points balances. You will then have to work out the option that gives the overall best value. When doing this bear in mind that Alaska’s only transfer partner is SPG, while Singapore is a transfer partner for SPG, Amex, Chase, and Citi. So you will also have to take the source of your points and miles into account.
Source: Travel Codex
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