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Hawaii is a one-of-a-kind destination offering the warmth and exotic experience of a trip to the South Pacific without any of the hassle and expense of international travel. At the same time, 2,000 miles separate the Hawaiian islands from the US mainland, and it can be an expensive trip.

Thankfully, there are multiple ways to use points and miles to book a trip to our 50th state, and if you're looking for the best deal, we've got it below.

Sunset over beautiful Waikiki Beach in Hawaii
Sunset over beautiful Waikiki Beach in Hawaii

If you don't already have points and miles in the programs listed or need to top up your account, you can jump-start your way to a Hawaiian vacation by focusing on a few key strategic signup bonuses. For example, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card earns 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, or if transferred to the right travel partner, enough points for two round-trip economy fares.

Chase Ultimate Rewards is especially valuable if you want to get to Hawaii!

Don't Use American, Delta, or United Miles. Instead, Use Partners for a Better Value!

While more people than ever before are utilizing frequent flier miles, when it comes to leveraging different programs, the majority of us still focus on legacy airlines that are now merged into just three carriers; American, Delta, and United.

United offers flights to Hawaii from the mainland United States, Alaska, and Canada for as low as 45,000 miles round-trip in economy class, and 80,000 in first or business class. Plus another 7,000 miles for any inter-island flights on airline partners if needed.

With American, you'll need the same 45,000 miles for economy and 80,000 for first class for an AAdvantage sAAver award. Unfortunately, while Delta no longer offers an award chart (meaning the miles required will be unpredictable), the best rates you can expect to find using SkyMiles are similar to what you'd see with American and United.

The Solution: Flexible Points to Hawaii

A better way to earn miles towards a trip to Hawaii is with credit card reward programs that offer points which transfer to airline miles at a 1:1 ratio. This strategy gives you the opportunity to transfer travel rewards into mileage programs with airlines that have available award flights at the lowest rate.

There are four primary flexible rewards currencies:

Our favorite program for flights to Hawaii is Chase Ultimate Rewards, which offers 19 different ways to redeem points. Points can be earned with Chase's Ultimate Rewards earning cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card. You can transfer these points at a ratio of 1 point:1 mile (in 1,000-point increments) to 7 different airlines including United, JetBlue, Singapore, Air France/KLM, and British Airways.

Ultimate Rewards is the Best Program for Flights to Hawaii

Chase Ultimate Rewards are the best points to use for flights to Hawaii as they offer the ability to redeem for flights with transfer partners at the best rates.

Avios Redemption on AA from LAX to HNL for 12,500 Miles & $5.60

  • With Singapore Krisflyer miles, you can book an award with their partner United, on flights operated by United, for 35,000 miles round-trip, and 60,000 miles in business (on a three-cabin aircraft). If you need a hand with Krisflyer, we've put together a post on how to redeem miles with Singapore Krisflyer.
  • ALSO with Singapore Krisflyer miles, you can book an award with their partner Alaska, on direct flights operated by Alaska, for as low as 12,000 miles one-way. Alaska operates direct flights to Hawaii from Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Anchorage, and Bellingham. Outside of these airports, you'll get better value redeeming Krisflyer miles on United as you'll pay by segment to fly Alaska.

Also Look to American Express Membership Rewards

Using points from American Express Membership Rewards, you have the option of transferring points to miles with 16 different carriers including the options previously mentioned for Delta, Singapore, and British Airways.

Additionally, Hawaiian Airlines offers Coach SuperSaver awards starting at 20,000 miles one-way, along with more available Saver and Flex awards at 30,000 and 40,000 miles each way, First class with Hawaiian starts at 40,000 miles each way.

Despite recent changes to the program, another option is Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program for Air France and KLM which offers award flights to Hawaii operated by Delta for as low as 35,000 miles round-trip in economy class. Flying Blue is one of only three airlines which partner with Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Rewards, making it one of the easiest programs to fund a balance for redemption.

American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners
American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

You can earn Membership Rewards points with many American Express cards including:

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Transfer Marriott Rewards Points to Korean Air Skypass

If you've got points from Marriott co-brand cards like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, there are over 40+ transfer partners available.

Using Korean SKYPASS miles, you can book awards to Hawaii on Delta for just 25,000 miles round-trip in economy class or 45,000 miles in first, which is a fantastic deal. If you used SkyMiles for the same flights and same seats, Delta would charge you at least 45,000 and 80,000 miles. You can transfer points from Marriott Rewards to Skypass, and be sure to check out our post on how to redeem miles within the Korean SKYPASS program.

Get Your Flights Booked

The key is knowing which points make the most sense for your unique situation. If you value flexibility, it's hard to go past Chase Ultimate Rewards with some of the best transfer partners available at the best rates. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card on its own is almost enough to get you one round-trip first-class ticket, or round-trip economy fares for you and a companion! Remember

Have a preferred travel rewards currency for trips to Hawaii? Let us know in the comments!

The Best Points and Miles to use for Free Flights to Hawaii (Updated November 2018)
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  • Cindi Anderson says:

    Right, but the only problem is they only release a fraction of their available seats to partners. So recently for example I was looking for flights in business class to Europe. Delta had plenty of availability for 70k miles each way, but none of it was available through Korean or other partners at the lower mile levels. Same thing with American/BA. So nice to know it’s an option, but good luck finding availability!

    • @Cindi, the space all of these airlines release is the same space they release to their members at the lowest rates. If a member of AAdvantage, MileagePlus or SkyMiles can book an award at the lowest rate, you can use miles from their partner programs.

      The key is being flexible when you can be, and if you can get almost 2 for the price of 1, I’d bet more people would be more willing to be flexible with their travel dates.

      My wife and I have all of our friends booking their awards to Hawaii in this manner, and we’re at a 100% success rate.

    • I snagged six seats on the same flight EWR-HNL in United flat bed seats for 30k Singapore miles each. Saved 60k miles over what it would have cost using United miles. Finding availability is a challenge with any carrier, but if you hunt, it’s there. We’re not coming home in flat beds, but everyone’s flying business 4 on the same itinerary still (with Singapore miles).

  • How did you know I was planning a trip to Hawaii??? This post is perfect timing! Thanks!

  • Thanks for the information. Could someone please explain how do these miles/points redemption work? I have 50k+ on my Chase UR and AmEX MR. I live in NYC and looking for an award flight to Hawaii. What are my best options? Recently I was thinking of using my Virgin Atlantic points to book a flight on Delta (use the 25000 miles round trip offer). Are you saying it’s better to transfer to Korean airlines? Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Aki, I don’t see how/where you’d get to Hawaii from NY for 25,000 miles with Virgin Atlantic (is there a promo I’m unaware of?)

      If you’re looking to hop on a Delta flight, yes, transferring to Korean would be the way to go. If you’re not sure/comfortable with finding award space you could always submit a request through: https://awardwallet.com/awardBooking/add for assistance with your booking.

      • No there’s no offer on Virgin Atlantic. I meant using my VA points to book a flight on Delta (similar to using Korean Airlines miles).

  • good luck finding AA award to Hawaii from Phoenix.. It’s a joke. Even more of a joke is their award availability to Cabo. AA want you to route through San Diego if you want to use saver levels so a short direct flight ends up being an 8 hr ordeal. It’s all becoming a little ridiculous.. I think it’s time to get out of the miles and points game and take up RV’ing

    • It can certainly be a challenge from some cities and if AA doesn’t make the space available then indeed you’re out of luck. One of the reasons I love Ultimate Rewards so much for Hawaii is that if it doesn’t work with AA, you can try UA or DL as well!

    • AA is really difficult to book Hawaii. In general, I think Ultimate Rewards is the way to go. It’s much more flexible and usually more valuable use of awards.

  • Camilla Sauder says:

    How do you search for those Korean air tickets? On Ultimate Rewards, Korean Air or Delta?

    • Camilla, I know this may sound weird, but buckle up and I’ll try to quickly explain. What you need to find are flights that Delta is offering up to their partners for mileage redemption. You can search Delta.com, but how will you know exactly which seats Delta is offering up? If you book award trips for a living you’d be able to figure it out, but for those of us that don’t here’s what you need to keep in mind:

      If Delta allows one partner to redeem miles for a seat on one of their flights, all of their partners have access to that seat. This means that if a seat on a Delta flight is visible at AirFrance.us, it is available to all of Delta’s partners. Remember, Air France is a partner of Delta … so here’s how I would search:

      1) Go to AirFrance.us and do your search. Ignore however many miles it says, because that is what Air France would charge its members. All you care about is “Does a Delta flight show up here”.
      2) Find flights that work and call up Korean Airlines to book. Tell Korean that you’d like to book XYZ flights. No need to mention that you found the flights at AirFrance.us (if you said that the representative would likely be confused)

      The reason this process is a little confusing is that Korean’s website doesn’t search flights available with Delta — it is an IT limitation.

      Hope this helps; don’t hesitate to ask any questions and of course you can always try out the Award Booking services offered through https://awardwallet.com/awardBooking/add

  • Hi Howie,

    It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Hawaii. I’m trying to get to Hawaii from Newark. I would most likely use United. In your article you state that it would be cheaper to use Singapore Airlines than United miles. But, when I go to Singapore Airlines it doesn’t say that they fly to Honolulu. How do I search for Singapore Airline seats on a United flight?

    Thanks,
    Joyce

    • Joyce, you want to search for seats on United.com and look for Saver Award seats. If United has a Saver Award seat available, give Singapore a call and they should be able to book it for you.

      Saver seats are the best price United will offer up to their members, and also represent what seats they offer up to their partners.

  • these redemption amounts are from the west coast to Hawaii correct? I know the british airways is due to their distance based chart. Just to clarify, I am in Florida..

    by the way, i recently did exactly as you wrote about with my british airways points to Aer Lingus for my wife and I to fly to Ireland. Worked perfectly, we are headed there next month. Thanks Howie!

    • That is correct, Wayne; west coast to Hawaii for 12,500 Avios. Glad to hear about Ireland — I did just that 2 days ago for a friend and his daughter. They’ll be flying back from Dublin to Boston for 37,500 Avios per person in business class!

  • Hi Howie,

    Regarding your replies to Camilla and Joyce where you would need to call Korean Air or Singapore Airlines to book a flight you had found, I’m assuming you would have to open up frequent flyer accounts with those airlines and transfer miles into their programs before making the call?

    • Yes, you would need to do that. Both airlines would need to know which account to charge (deduct miles from) to complete the booking.

      Korean will allow you to hold an award pending a mileage transfer in, however Singapore will NOT allow such an option.

  • When you say you can book using Korean Air miles are you suggesting we transfer our Chase Ultimate rewards points to Korean Air then book through Korean Air? Thanks!

  • What is the timing for transferring? Do you have to do all the points transfers in advance before you even know the actual mileage needed? Or can you do it while you’re on the phone with the KAL agent?

    • Best thing, you don’t need to have all the points in your account — Korean will let you hold an award. Typically a few days on partner bookings and a month on their own aircraft.

      My strategy: Call, confirm the reservation, and then transfer.

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  • I haven’t had any luck with KoreanAir. I’ve had to continually leave my reservation that I want with a rep who tells me that they’ll call me back.

    When they do, they tell me that there is nothing available, despite me seeing the availability on Delta’s site.

    I tried calling back (actually several times to see if I could get lucky and get a different level of experience) and time after time I was told that they didn’t have availability.

    Ah well. I tried! We ended up booking and spending more miles than we wanted to through AA, but we had a fantastic time. Just didn’t have luck with this method, unfortunately.

    • Marty, what I’ve found to be the best way to find Delta flights that Korean can book is to either search Alaska Airlines’ website or Air France’s for Delta operated flights. If it shows up on either of their sites, that means that partners can book the flights, which means Korean could. Just because a flight shows up at Delta.com doesn’t mean Korean can book it with miles. Hope this helps!

  • I know when using Avios to book American Airlines flights it has to be a direct flight. Does the same hold true for booking Korean Air using Delta?

  • […] partners at 1:1 ratio, each of which has multiple options for redeeming miles. For example, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Korean Airways, and score flights on Delta from anywhere in the US to Hawaii return in economy for 25,000 miles, […]

  • Im a newbie to the whole rewards points/miles world. I want to start traveling using points. Im in the process of building my own stockpile through signup bonuses. I have a few questions for you sir.

    1. Can I transfer Chase rewards points to my wife who also has a Chase Preferred CC?

    2. I travel to Las Vegas more than anywhere else would you recommend which Airlines Miles Club I should sign up for?

    3. Is there any difference, points wise, when you’re departing from HNL(I live in Hawaii).

    Thank You

    • Sefo, to answer your questions:
      1) You’ll need to be an authorized user on her account or she on yours to complete a transfer between accounts (according to the terms of the program)
      2) How often are you visiting Las Vegas? Personally, I’d look at the airlines that fly there, compare prices and identify the one that lines up best with your travel schedule and go with it.
      3) As for the cost in miles, whether you depart from the mainland to Hawaii or the other way around, the price is the same.

  • I’m a complete newb to booking anything with miles, so would appreciate any help. I’m trying to book economy LAX – HNL for 11/23 – 11/30 (or any departure date before 11/24 with return in 5-8 days).

    I have chase UR points and citi TY points at my disposal. I tried to find availability to book AA with BA avios or Delta with Korean, but can’t seem to find anything by following the methods described above. I know, it’s too close to departure date, but am I doing something wrong or there really is nothing available?

    So far, the best option I see is simply use CSR UR points at 1.5c redemption value… which normally shouldn’t be the case…

    • Howie Rappaport says:

      LaxBur, how many seats are you looking for? I see Nov 25th to Dec 2nd available on AA 31 departing LAX at 822am, returning on Dec 2 AA 298 departing HNL at 1042pm

      • 2 seats, but the departure date has to be before Nov 24th…. I was able to find the flights you mention, meaning most likely I was searching properly… do I have any other option?

        • Howie Rappaport says:

          If you found the flights mentioned, but are simply not finding others, you’re doing it right — there is just no availability. Your only option with miles would be using a currency that’d allow you to pay more for the seat, such as AA miles on AA, Alaska miles on Alaska, Delta on Delta, or United on United.

  • Hi, I’m JUST getting into figuring out the whole points world and now need to book a flight from NYC to Hawaii for mid-March for a wedding. I’d like to run through what I’ve learned and my plan and if you could tell me if it makes sense it would be much appreciated. Here goes.

    Goal: NYC to SFO for weekend layover. SFO to LIH (Kauai). HNL to NYC. Chase UR points booked through Korean for use on Delta.

    Assumptions: Korean allows one 24+ stopover (my long weekend stay in SFO) and one open-jaw (?) which covers flying into LIH but flying out of HNL. Key assumption is that so long as Delta makes points eligible flights available to a partner, it’s made available to all partners, and will cost 25,000 points for coach through Korean, no matter what it shows on the partner search pages. For example, I created an itinerary based on the above and used Air France to search for Delta points eligible flights, which I’ll use to phone in to Korean.

    Questions: The flights from SFO to Hawaii and Hawaii back to New York have a connection in LAX. Does that effectively cancel out my planned extended stopover in SFO? Lastly, is my assumption correct that even if my itinerary shows that it costs, say 200,000 points, so long as my flights show as eligible for points to partner airlines, my itinerary will cost 25,000 booked through Korean (so long as I got my Korean rules assumptions right)?

    Thank you so much for helping out this newbie!

    • Alex, nice work on all of this. Really well done.

      Yes across the board: 1 stopover allowed, 1 open jaw allowed, a connection in LAX is fine for the return. Regardless of what any website says it’ll price at 25k Korean miles if it is a seat Delta has offered up to their partners. In addition to checking Air France’s website, I’d suggest using Alaska — just as a way to double check your work and make sure you’re not missing any options.

      Please share how it goes!

      • Thank you for the quick reply! Triangulating is a great idea. One question though: I used the Air France website to figure out Delta availability, which I read is a Korean Skypass partner. When I search through Alaska, I get AA flights, or Alaskan’s own flights to Hawaii. Were you suggesting a find an alternate through a different partner?

        • I’m suggesting to use Alaska’s site just to make sure that there isn’t availability with Delta for some reason isn’t showing on Air France’s site. It shouldn’t happen, but just a way to double check. You could look to leverage Korean’s partnership with Alaska, but I *think* the routing rules are different with non-SkyTeam airlines.

      • Thank you again for the help on your site (and really also a lot of other sites I did a lot of reading on). Your suggestion to cross check Air France against Alaska effectively saved me. One return option showed as available on Air France but not on Alaska, so I used what I saw on Alaska to jot down an alternate option, which I ended up needing to exercise. Anyway, the seats are reserved, and though I still have to go through the family registration and final booking steps, I don’t expect any issues.

  • Are there any other Hawaiian Airline partners to redeem Ultimate Rewards through other than Korean? I am really struggling trying to find award availability because we are very restricted on our travel dates. Hawaiian is the only airline that I can find flights that fit our schedule.

  • Howie – Merry Christmas!

    I am trying to take your advise in transferring UR points from my Chase Reserve Card to Korean in order book a flight from Orlando to Hawaii. Unfortunately I am not able to find any Delta flights on Alaska or airfrance.us. Any recommendations? Also, is Korean 25K and 45K (for First) fixed amounts no matter when you fiy? We are looking to book in October 2017.

    • Shawn, award space can b ea challenge at times with Delta — I’d recommend searching segment-by-segment. Identify flights that Delta operates from the mainland to Hawaii and then find flights within the continental 48 to Orlando. Additionally, if you want some help, try out the award booking services we have available (https://awardwallet.com/awardBooking/add).

      These rates 25/45k are fixed for any time through the year.

      • Thanks Howie. It seems they are very limited on Business/First availability through partner sites such as Alaska. Do you think they open up availability?

        • Shawn, Delta is especially stingy on award space in general. I wouldn’t count on it opening up (even though it does happen). A neat trick you could use would be to leverage flight alerts with ExpertFlyer to see if space comes up.

  • Derek Miller says:

    I saw that with Amex you can move your miles to Singapore Airlines program and use their partners such as American but on their website, they don’t show Hawaii as a destination. How can this be?

  • Hi, I’m trying to book a flight to Hawaii through united using awards. I thought that economy rounxtrips were 45,000 miles but in the website it states that I need 90,000! is the 45000 round trip economy not a standard awards fare or does it increase depending on dates/demand?

    One more question. If I want to book through Korean air rewards with Hawaiian airlines , do I call Korean air and just tell them the Hawaiian airline flight/times I want and they will only charge 30,000 miles round trip?

    • United’s rates don’t fluctuate. If you’re seeing 90k round-trip that is Standard fare not Saver fare, which would be 45k. If you book Hawaiian with Korean miles it’d be 30k and if you book Delta with Korean miles it’d be 25k. The important thing to keep in mind, is that just because Hawaiian or Delta have flights and there may be empty seats, those seats may not be available for mileage redemption — capacity controls dictate what a partner can book.

  • Derek Miller says:

    I think it is easier if you have Amex points to transfer directly to the airline that you want i.e Hawaiian or Delta and deal with them directly. Skypass is a pain the part that comes after sky

  • Great article. I am curious if I have a lot of points with Marriott and I want to use them for a seven night flight and stay package, who is the best airline to select if I’m trying to go to Hawaii from the mainland.

    • Steve – it depends on where you live and what flexibility you have on travel. Search for award space across the airlines for the dates you’d think of traveling to get a feel for it.

  • Howie me and my wife want to go to Hawaii and just got approved for the Capital One Venture. How many mile points will we need for both of us to travel round trip to Hawaii?

    • Morgan, the rewards you earn on the Capital One Venture card are worth a fixed-value of $.01 / point. So, however much the ticket costs, translate that to pennies and that is how many points it will cost. As an example, a $523.45 ticket will cost you 52,345 points earned on the Capital One Venture card.

  • Hi Howie: I would like to fly to Hawaii with my wife for our 25th wedding anniversary, BUT, we are going to do a cruise on Norwegian. So, we would like to fly Business Class, or AT LEAST Premium Economy ( I know not all have Premium Economy) from West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale, Fla. We use mostly Capital One Venture cards due to it’s 2 pts for every dollar , no matter what you spend it on..we currently have about 102,000 pts..we plan to go to Hawaii for the cruise roughly May, 2020 ( I know it’s far off, but we need to plan & get enough points). So I have about 3 years to save for the flight to Honolulu. Do you think I should get the Chase Sapphire card to get 50,000 points now, and my wife suggested we wait a couple of months, and then she should apply separately, so maybe we both could get 50,000 miles..any other suggestions would be great & appreciated. We have been to Hawaii before, so we will need just maybe 2-3 nights hotel stay before the cruise..I love your site & love reading your advice..Thanks!!!

    • Alan, while the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve are excellent cards, I’m not a fan of planning that far in advance. My suggestion would be to get those cards, and use those points now. Save the cash you’d otherwise pay for the travel you’re taking prior to Hawaii and use that in combination with what you have banked with Capital One.

      So time-shifting your points perhaps?

  • Hawaii has always been difficult to get to because of prices and availability.

  • This post is useful to me. I live in Hawaii and always looking for ways to not pay when returning.

  • This is perfect, as I am planning a trip to Hawaii this fall.
    Thank for the post, I had no idea BA, KE, and SQ miles are good for Hawaii trips.

  • Being on the east coast, it’s just so much easier to go a Carribean island instead. It costs less AA miles, 25k instead of 45k. And the USD can go a lot farther there. And the travel time is much less too.

  • wow. some great tips here. I am wondering if this also works for other destinations from the USA. I got in on the last Chase 100k bonus and would like more tips. I am also interested in using Chase points for hotel stays if that’s a sweet spot as well. Any thoughts?

  • Honolulu is somewhere that is on my list of places that I would like to visit. It looks like it would be a really good use of my BA avios points.

  • the problem with flying blue is sometime the fee could be expensive. Otherwise it is cheep to fly with delta

  • being on the west coast, going to the Caribbean is usually a better deal with miles, although the distance is a bit further

  • Nice to know before I blow my points away with American..

  • The most difficult task is to find saver award availability. Several years ago we found two first class saver awards from Chicago to Kona on AA for 75,000 miles each. We thought this was a great deal!

  • Using British Airways miles is definitely the way to go for a value redemption to Hawaii.

  • Wow, it’s interesting to see that Delta charges more points for their own flights than their partners do.

  • amzsinger@gmail.com says:

    I absolutely love this post. I’m always searching for free seats to Hawaii and never find them. I’m definitely going to use some of these tips!!!

  • Thanks so much – I appreciate all the follow-up in the comments – learning a lot!

  • Hope to use my Starwood points to get to Hawaii. Will be looking into other airlines now. Thanks for the tips!

  • Thanks for the information. I’m new at this travel rewards game but I’m learning so much from both these blog posts and other readers comments,

  • Thnks for this. I’m looking for a good reward route to HI!

  • Nice article. I’m in California in December and I’ve got some Flying Blue miles to use up, along with a stack of Avios. I might just have to buzz out to Waikiki for a few days…

  • This is some fantastic advice. Thanks for posting. I’m stuck at 47 states and Hawaii is one of the three I’ve yet to see, but I think these tips will help get me there.

  • Flown HNL-FRA for 62500 miles in interconi First on AA – one way
    best value you may have ….

  • Thanks – I think you just helped me find a way to use up my Delta miles!

  • It’s a shame that there’s such a lack of quality hard product on the way to Hawaii.

  • If you live on the west coast I often see flights from LA/SFO/SJC for 300 r/t during some times of the year so using miles is not always the best, but if you are flying from anywhere else or peak season 25k miles is not bad if its 500 or more for a ticket.

  • Good options ti HNL.

  • This is a great reference. Thanks.

  • Thx for the terrific tips and replies to questions. My husband and I are fully aware that there are many wonderful places to go to and see, but we always try to work in at least one trip a year to HI. Can’t stay away! Interestingly enough, Hawaiian Airlines, is rarely a great deal when redeeming miles, although we have flown with them to OGG before, using HA miles. Better options out there, and thx for outlining them.

  • ADAM PARSONS says:

    If you can find availability then this is a definite plus.

  • Anyone know who has the best award availability for the follow 3:
    Alaska
    American
    Delta
    during Xmas from NYC? I think last time I ended paying cash & using $129 companion pass on AS instead using miles.

  • Great info as always. Hawaii is one of the places I haven’t been to yet and would love to, I’m sure this will help in the planning.

  • Am planning to Hawaii. If Korean 12.5K is possible, then I could plan on a whole family trip. Great article. Thanks for sharing

  • Thanks for the info. Hope I could find rewards seat from Korea air so I can bring my whole family to Hawaii

  • Thanks for this, will study.

  • Hmm…I see the benefit of the Chase Sapphire with their 20% discount through UR. Hawaii is definitely on my list! Plus, I have Hilton points, so now that they are having points plus cash I could really use a bunch to cover Hawaii. You guys always have so many options and information for us! Thank you! However, unless I am going on a trip that $4000 in the first 3mons of the Chase Sapphire will be hard. I find that my bill companies don’t want me to charge their costs :o(

  • My favourite vacation destination. Always glad to see so many different options.

  • Good info, will look back at this when I’m booking my trip! Korean first for 45k would be a pretty solid redemption

  • By booking far in advanced I’ve found the ratio much better buying tickets instead of using miles, esp. for short flights from p.e. LAX to HNL

  • Great post, thank you! This is useful, I am planning a trip to Hawaii soon.

  • I remember the good old days when Delta to Hawaii was only 25K and you could find a Skymiles seat easy, Hawaii is a cash cow route for the airlines, and they hate to give up a free seat.

  • Thought I had this figured out, need some more help guys. I’m pretty frustrated right now, to the point of just transferring to united and paying 45,000 miles r/t.

    So what I would really like input on from experienced award travelers this; is there a sweet spot for how far out to make the booking? I’ve been trying to find delta flights for Korean air or Alaskan flights in april or may and found very very low availability from cvg to ogg. But I look in March and see all kinds of options.

    So far today I thought I found the perfect flight using united/kris miles all “saver award” flights only to learn that all of the segments have to be operated by UA. This plan was shot as I am unable to find a flight back from Maui that is UA operated.

    I was able to cut my trip short a day and found a flight I think is eligible for Korean air partner travel. However since my destination and origin city is not a Korean air city I couldn’t find a way to book it online and am waiting/hoping I get a call back because they said that’s how this must be processed.

    I found a perfect flight on airfrance and was more than willing to pay 30,000 miles after my headaches today. Only to get “a technical error occurred and your request could not be completed”

    If anybody can shine some light on these issues I would be grateful! 🙌🙌🙌

    • The sweet spot with Delta doesn’t really exist — however I still recommend as soon as you know your dates, book. If you’re not finding flights for a specific time period it likely is due solely to supply/demand. There is no real way around it.

      As for Korean, you’re doing it right — just have to wait for them to get back to you. With Air France, you could call them just the same and they would book it for you over the phone. It is just the way these airlines and their award bookings go.

      • Well it finally worked out all right. I like doing things myself and like doing things online. But I did get the call back from Korean. The all delta route I found on the Alaskan air website was available. The said they could hold the ticket for a month for me, yes a whole month. Next since I was traveling with my wife I had to show proof of relationship. I emailed our drivers licenses, skypass numbers, and marriage certificate, and award travel form to engskypass@koreanair.com. I called the next day to make sure they received the email and they did. About 12 hours later I received a call to book the tickets. While on the phone with the agent I transferred 50,000 UR and paid $22 in taxes for 2 tickets that retail $1,000 each!!!!

  • The biggest problem is lack of saver award availability to Hawaii. So many people want to use miles for these trips the airlines don’t like to give discounts. I’ve found it’s better to save the miles for other trips and suck it up and pay for a ticket.

  • Is it good to book a flight to Honolulu we frequent flyer points and then use cash to pay for the flights to one of the other islands?

  • Priyank Patel says:

    I have the week of the 20th off in March (2 weeks away). Wanna celebrate our daughter’s first birthday in Hawaii…was looking to travel to Hawaii from 3/18 – 3/26. Have Citi prestige card so hoping to stay 4 nights in Honolulu and 4 in Maui. Going from NYC. I know inter island flights could be booked with Virgin America for 3000 points. Have over 400k chase points, 100k jetblue and 160k Amex, 28k Citi.

    Korean air didn’t work, no availability, BA doesn’t work. How can I book with either Air France or Alaska for my flights at either 30k economy or 60k business (2 adults and lap infant).

    How can I check availability for those two airlines?

    • You can check for availability on both Air France’s website or Alaska’s website — they’ll show accurate award availability.

      • Priyank Patel says:

        Thank you,

        Air France does not give me any options, Alaska is giving me only Alaska A. and Virgin America options…timing for VA is perfect for us, but its 30k one way, so 120k points for both of us to travel in economy…korean airline does not show that flight. How can I know which flighs from Alaska will be bookable for 30k RT (60k for both of us?)

  • I am trying to see if I can redeem points for inter-island flights. I have Thank You pts, AA miles, Avios, and SPG pts. But only if it is reasonable. I will pay for $69 fare HNL-LIH in cash. But the fare I am looking to redeem is LIH-OGG, which is $112. Family of 4 is traveling. Any thoughts?

    • You can redeem AA miles for intra-island flights on Hawaiian for 7,500 miles/segment. Not really a great deal but if you want to save the cash, this would work.

    • Priyank Patel says:

      You can redeem virgin america points to fly hawaiian airlines. The cost is 3000 points per person…I’m going to hawaii in two weeks, and that was the best option i found. You have to call virgin america and book the flight over the phone…the only downside is SPG no longer transfers to VA…they do transfer to Alaska…I would call alaska airlines, and see if you can use that to fly interisland.

      other option is United (if you have chase points) 6000 points one way with open jaw.

  • FOREVERDANKED says:

    I HAVE OVER 200,000 AVIOS POINTS AND I WANT TO PLAN A TRIP TO HAWAII OR CANCUN FOR 3 ADULTS 2 CHILDEREN HOW WOULD YOU GO ABOUT SEEING THAT

  • FOREVERDANKED says:

    I WOULD BE FLYING OUT OF LAX OR ANY AIRPORT IN THE SURROUNDING ARES

  • Flying Blue seems to be the best program to go to Hawaii for 30000 milles roudtrip. They had a lot of transfer partners.

  • amzsinger@gmail.com says:

    Every year I try to use AA miles to book trips to Hawaii (first class). I haven’t been able to get anything for under 90,000 since they put the new structures into place. I used to be successful booking in the middle of the night 331 days in advance. They caught on to that and don’t release seats at that time anymore. I guess the good thing is I get more sleep and just use my miles for the upgrade.

  • This post has so many comments and questions that I cannot help but realize how it’s a perfect example of how fierce the demand is for seats to Hawaii, and how award bookings continue to be insanely competitive. After all, airline seats to HI are finite, and when they are gone, they are gone. I cannot help but think, if a person can find any reasonable redemption available, go for it, because I seriously doubt the future will see the redemptions getting less. Is Hawaii worth it? In my book, it is. I’ve never spent one bad day in Hawaii and I’ve never regretted any tourist dollar I have spent there. I always return wanting to go back as soon as possible. Sound familiar?

  • Jacqueline parsons says:

    I have some Baec avois miles that I could use on codeshare AA for Hawaii. Does availability for AA come up often or do you need to be ready to book 365 days out?

    • AA has been notoriously stingy with Award availability recently — whether you book 330 days or 3 days in advance. You might look for flights on Alaska Airlines as well — especially given how much service to the islands they have from the west coast.

  • I have used my AA miles for flights to Hawaii in the past, when I purchased the flight for a friend.
    Is it still possible to buy a ticket in someone else’s name with AA miles?

  • British Airways is the way to go here. Especially with the 100K bonus

  • Nice, I was just looking into this today! Been looking at Korean and British, so good to see I’m looking at the right ones. I am going to start looking really hard in a few weeks, as I think we would like to do mid-late April of 2018. But just playing around with Air France / Delta / Korean today, I was able to find:

    LAX -> OGG + OGG -> LIH (United) + LIH -> SEA + SEA -> LAX all for 31k points (25k Korean, 6k United). Pretty crazy!

  • Is the 45k through SkyPass a Delta One cabin? Is the 45k round trip? If so that is amazing.

    • It is 45k for First Class (not Delta One) — I can’t recall the last time seeing Delta One award space to Hawaii ever opened at the lowest level.

      That said, it is round-trip. So something like Boston to Seattle to Honolulu and back would work.

  • You may as well cross out the Avios/AA/Alaskan option at this point. AA mileage savers (thus Avios) seems non-existent or very very scarce at this point.

  • HIOutbound says:

    Back in January, I was able to find good availability on Delta through Korean Air Skypass HNL-LAX for a March R/T economy flight. (I live in Honolulu.) Recently I’ve been looking for ANY flights to “the mainland” from now to the end of the booking availability period, but I find nothing at all. I suspect that it’s because you can now book these awards through the Korean Air website, making it easier for everyone to snatch up any awards as they become available. Or maybe Delta cut back on partner awards? Or am I wrong about the zero lack of availability? I’m severely discouraged. BTW, thanks to all of you for visiting our state, even if it does make it hard for me to leave it.

  • excellent thanks!!!

  • William Blankenship says:

    Thanks I had forgotten about this and can now book business on Korean!

  • Thanks for the comprehensive information. This is incredibly helpful.

  • lorem ipsum says:

    You can use Virgin America Elevate points to fly Hawaiian. 20K RT in coach (at least until the Elevate program is dissolved).

  • If there is Alaskan Air saver availability, can we still see and book using AA.com (AA miles) ?

  • Great info Howie ! Time to figure out which airline makes the most sense for my family!

  • Alice Chen says:

    I haven’t been to Hawaii but I’m so good to know Chase points are the best! I will definitely be saving those up then!

  • I have over 50,000 Capital One Venture points. Can those be transferred to any of the airline miles programs you mentioned? I have a Chase Sapphire card but not the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. So I could apply for that one and get the 50,000 point bonus. I also have about 40000 AmEx Delta Skymiles. I’m trying to figure out best way to use or combine my points if possible. There will be 3 of us flying from Florida to Hawaii. We are planning trip to Hawaii in May 2018.

    • Capital One Venture points cannot be transferred to airlines/hotels, but you can use them like cash at one penny/point in value. With the Sapphire, you could get the Sapphire Preferred and combine the points you have on the Sapphire and then THOSE you can transfer to an airline partner.

    • ALAN B BENSON says:

      You CAN use Capital One points to buy miles an any airline- I used points 2 years ago to fly to LAX from Florida on Jet Blue..you can use Capital One points for anything just go to their Rewards Summary page….

      • To be clear, Capital One Rewards are effectively cash back — you can use them as you see fit, but they are not rewards/points that can be transferred to an airline program. Meaning I cannot convert rewards earned through Capital One to say World of Hyatt Points or American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

  • Jon Karol says:

    Are these mile totals only to get to Honolulu? When I checked AA to fly to the Big Island, it showed flights for miles to Honolulu, and then another 7500 miles each way to Hawaii.

  • This is all great info. All these cards are great. Just wish I had a way to spend more to increase point totals. Any ideas?
    I am always trying to book a trip to Hawaii..so we will see.

  • Thanks, Howie! We were just discussing planning another trip to Maui. Hopefully we can save a few points by following your award redemption tips!! Mahalo! 🙂

  • Plan to go to Hawaii very soon. Nice post!

  • I didn’t see any AS award availability AA.com at all. What am I doing wrong?

    • I would recommend searching only routes that Alaska operates non-stop. Honestly, you’re probably better off searching at AlaskaAir.com and looking for one-way flights pricing at 17,500 Alaska miles, and then calling up AA to book those flights. Those would be the flights that AA can book.

      • After looking around aa.com more, I am thinking there is either something wrong with the website, or they have eliminated partner saver and standard awards. Even unpopular BA flights to Europe are nonexistent. Anyone seeing the same thing?

  • How’s the “saver” award availability? hah

  • Very good summary! I hope I can get enough points from SPG Amex to Hawaii.

  • If only it was a bit cheaper to stay in Hawaii when you get there!

  • Thats a great Option for flying from the SFO- and LAX-area to the hawaii-Islands. And other great Option is to fly with airberlin topbonus miles from anywhere ins the US to Hawaii for 40.000 miles (roundtrip) in eco and only 40 $ fees.

  • I am fearful that if I move my Ultimate Reward points to the Krisflyer program I may not be able to use the miles to fly to Hawaii. I then lose the flexibility of booking using United miles.

    • You should first confirm award availability and then transfer. While transfers can take up to a day, and it is a risk you would take, it would be something to consider.

  • Thanks! I’m currently planning a trip to Hawaii.

  • ANGELO FONSECA says:

    It is easier to get award tickets from the partner airlines for last hour trips, by my experience.

  • I was just talking to someone that just got back fro Hawaii and thinking if putting this as my next place to go. Thanks!

  • Thanks for revisiting this option with current info.

  • I went on January-February. Of course it is a very requested destination so flexibility for an award flight it is a must.

  • Hawaii is my favourite place to visit, always glad to see reward redemptions going there!

  • korean skypass and BA avios are both great options! thanks for writing this post!

  • Is it me only or is aa.com not showing any award availability (standard and saver) for partners (like BA and AS) ?

  • Good resource. I’d rather be in Hawaii right now.

  • I was collecting my AA miles for a free return flight from Europe to Hawaii, but unfortunately, that no longer is available, just when I had nearly all of the needed miles, the grand devaluation happened! It would have been a partner flight anyway, but now really not sure what to do with 40k in mine and 40k in wife’s account, originating in Europe and not having any direct AA flights from my country!

  • Thank goodness for transferable points! US carrier FF programs (except maybe Alaska) seem to be in a race to the bottom…

  • my favorite place in the entire world

  • Binita Patel says:

    Great value – going to look into transferring points to Singapore and see if I can get seats on United!

  • I have been reading and reading all the comments. There is SO much to know! I have been dreaming about Hawaii lately! How did you know Howie?! I am working on the bonus with Chase Sapphire. Hubby has a work thing next year and I am hoping to go with him. We’ll see which way I go. See (shh…I work for a major airline) flying may not be the problem, unless I want confirmed ;o) Hotel might be tricker though. Any ideas on hotel and using Chase UR?

    Btw, love the new layout in the blog!

    • Karen, Chase UR are good for just about anything due to the flexible nature of the points with the ability to transfer to programs like Korean, United, BA, and Hyatt, but also because you can redeem them like cash through the Ultimate Rewards booking portal. Simply put, hotels in Hawaii are not cheap — it all depends on what you want out of your stay. The Grand Hyatt Kauai is frequently regarded as one of the best Hyatt properties in a great location on Kauai (I can’t object to that). My suggestion is to figure out where specifically you want to go in Hawaii and then decide which points/miles make the most sense for that destination.

      Glad you like the updated look on the blog — we’re still tweaking a few things!

  • wow- very interesting. we love hawaii but haven’t been there in many years due to cost. hopefully I can figure out how to work this out for our family in the future. Any tips for finding award tickets from mainland China to Hawaii?

  • Got to keep saving…this blog is great. So many tips!

  • Ryan Schmid says:

    If I used UR to book Chase, how many UR points (roughly) would I need for 2 adults and 3 kids flying from the midwest (Missouri)?

    • Ryan –

      It 100% depends on the cash cost of the ticket and the Chase credit card you have your Ultimate Rewards associated. If you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred each point is worth 1.25 cents/point and the Sapphire Reserve is worth 1.5 cents/point.

      If you transfer points to a partner such as Korean / British Airways, it would depend on the airline partner you choose to fly with and award availability.

  • amzsinger@gmail.com says:

    I realize this post is about the best way to use miles to Hawaii, but does anyone have any thoughts on the best way to use miles for international travel during this upcoming summer travel season? Upgrades seem impossible to snag – even with so many seats remaining open – thoughts?

    • Be flexible on your dates and your destination. It is peak travel time and airlines are stingy.

    • Cindi Anderson says:

      There have been a ton of promotions this summer. Wished I could take advantage of more of them, but there’s only so many trips you can take! Subscribe to The Flight Deal.

  • I never thought about using partners to book flights. Looking to go to Hawaii next summer for my anniversary. We have the Starwood card. Any thoughts or ideas when would be the best time to book flight? Hope to utilize British airways. Thanks in advance.

  • Rob Arias says:

    So ~50k UR for a round trip to Hawaii? Sounds like a good deal depending on availability

  • Currently planning a trip to Hawaii so open to ideas how to get there cheaply!

  • Thanks for this write up. I have a Hawaiianmiles account which I’ve been saving up but from here there’s better options for redemptions.

  • Thank you Howie!

    I’m trying to search Alaska/Airfrance and the Korean Air websites for a trip to Hawaii in the first week of November (week long) from OAK,SMF,SFO.
    On the Alaska website I only see Alaska/Virgin America options. Does Korean partner with Virgin America?
    When you said “You’ll need to find Alaska flights for 17,500 miles one-way to be able to use Korean miles”
    Can I use this as a general rule of thumb? If I find Alaska flights at 17,500 miles can assume I can book the seats through Korean?

    • Correct 17,500 as a rule of thumb will work. Korean does not partner with Virgin America unfortunately.

      • Thank you!

        Also, If my wife and I both get a chase sapphire card and let’s say redo a bathroom and spend 4K a piece in the first 3 months would we be able to earn the 100,00 points and then combine the points to Korean Skypass Miles? Or would we need to have separate Skypass accounts and try to book the same flight separately.

  • Bill Usher says:

    Hi Howie:
    My wife has 120,000 Skymiles and I have 180,000 MR Points. Any thoughts on how to parlay them into 2 round trip 1st class tickets to Kona in October. Any suggestions from you or your readers would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Bill U

  • I feel so confused by all the options! I’m hoping to go head and start piling up points for a potential first class trip to Hawaii in 2020. We were thinking about getting a Delta SkyMiles credit card, but if our dates are flexible, should we consider an alternative option? I knew things may change, but it seems Delta is the only airline flying direct from ATL to HNL with the lie flat seat option. Any recommendations for a rookie?

    • My recommendation is to not quite start planning for 2020 now. You’re looking at 2.5 years into the future and the earliest that you’ll be able to book flights is just shy of 1 year in advance. Keep in mind trying to fly non-stop on Delta in Business/First class from Atlanta is not easy. Delta rarely opens those flights up at the lowest (reasonable) prices. Do you have to fly non-stop? Adding in a stop could greatly incrase your chances of snagging seats at a great price — its all about flexibility.

      If you want to dive head first into this world — think about visiting a conference I organize that covers topics like this: http://chicagoseminars2017.eventbrite.com or check out our Facebook Group Award Travel 101: https://awardwallet.com/blog/link/AwardTravel101

  • Hey Howie, do you know if the award availability Hawaiian Airlines shows (using Hawaiian Miles on their own site) is open to an award booking through Korean? I can’t seem to find if they release a smaller set of seats to their partner airlines (or if there’s saver vs standard awards) and if there is a way to search this availability (rather than calling Korean ticketing to see if they can see any seats). I’m looking to transfer 60k UR to Korean to book JFK-HNL round-trip in F.

    See you in Chicago in October!

    • Marvin, unfortunately, they do release a subset of seats for partners. The best thing to do would be to call Korean. The likelihood of finding non-stop F seats from JFK to HNL are probably very low on any given day, but I would call and ask them to search, being as flexible as you can.

      • Thanks! I figured if there was a way to find out myself I’d do that first. I’ll give them a call and see what they’ve got!

  • Hi Howie, thanks for the informative post. I’m trying to get my family of 3 to Hawaii from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale next summer. I have about 160k UR and $40k SPG. If I’m trying to book, for example, a flight on United using Krisflyer, how do I know if there’s award availability so that I can transfer my points to Krisflyer? I see that there’s economy award availability on United’s website but no first saver award. I don’t mind flying economy. If I can book an economy award on united’s website, does that mean that I can book that flight using Krisflyer? Same with Airfrance/Delta. I’m not seeing anything on AirFrance but if I search on Delta, I see main cabin availability for 90,000 delta points. Does that mean that I can transfer points to Flying Blue and book a Delta flight with Air France using 30,000 miles?

    • Natalie, the key with using partner miles for an award seat is to follow a premise which almost always holds true (sometimes exceptions occur). This premise is: If an award seat is open to 1 partner it is open to all partners.

      So, if you want a seat on a Delta flight and you find it on Air France’s website you can use Air France’s miles or any other of Delta’s partners’ miles to book that seat.

      However, Delta makes additional seats available to their members only. So, just because you see a seat at Delta.com doesn’t mean you can use Air France miles for it. The seat must be available to Delta’s partners.

      A similar approach holds true for United/Singapore, however, if you see a Saver seat at United.com you can book it with partners. Delta used to have a concept of “saver” seats, much like AA has sAAver seats, but they no longer have such a thing — its a part of their lack of transparency, which is unfortunate — https://awardwallet.com/blog/unofficial-delta-skymiles-award-chart-flights-us/

  • Rebecca Dougherty says:

    We’re hoping to travel to Hawaii in late December/early January 2018-19. We will have 3 travelers in our party. We would love to fly first or at least business class and possibly even round trip if that is an option. We live near Milwaukee but could fly out of Chicago if necessary. My question is what credit card should I sign up for right now to earn the most points that I may redeem? I am looking at United’s Mileage Plus Explorer, because it’s offering 50,000 bonus miles right now, and there is no expiration on miles earned. After reading this blog post though, I am wondering if it is more advantageous to apply for the Chase Sapphire card. Do credit cards ever offer more than 50,000 bonus miles, or is that about the industry max? Advice?

    • I would HIGHLY recommend you look at the Chase Sapphire Products — Preferred and Reserve as they give you the most flexibility with getting to Hawaii. I hope you’ve got a couple of people that can get the cards, which will make sure you have enough points/miles to get there.

  • Hi Howie,
    I’m trying to take advantage of the 40% transfer bonus to BA and book 5 tix to Maui. We live in CA. I have 150k MR points. We plan to go 3rd week in June 2018. I can’t seem to even log on to BA. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Please help. Also do you recommend booking flights or hotel (on points) first. Love this thread. So much info. Thank you in advance for your guidance on

    • Trina, if you’re having a problem with accessing BA, you definitely want to reach out to them; give them a call and have someone help you create aqn account online.

      Be sure to not transfer points until you find out that there is available award space for your trip!

  • Im trying to see if I can book 2 first class tickets on Alaska from Boston and what points or partner can I use to transfer my MR points or Chase UR points? the flights are ticketed Alaska

  • Jessica Ferrel says:

    Which US cities can you depart from to get the 25,000 point fare to Hawaii? Is it only LAX? My home airport is PHX so trying to figure out the cheapest way to book. Thanks!

    • If you’re using Korean miles, it is anywhere in the lower 48 that you can find low-level award availability on Delta. The best place to search for that is AirFrance.us. If you see a Delta flight show up on AirFrance.us that you could use Air France miles with, you can use Korean miles for that flight.

      If you’re using BA Avios, it is anywhere that you can fly non-stop that is < 3,000 miles where either AA or Alaska has lowest level award availability (sAAver with AA). Example: http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=phx-hnl

  • I’m wanting to book a flight to HI for next May. When is the best time to book? I have Chase UR points, need 4 tickets. I got on the Delta site and found flights, but didn’t see any for 22,500 for the dates I needed. Are the 22,550 mile flights the only ones that are available on Korean? What do you think my best option is going to be?

    • Rick, the best time to book is as soon as you’re able to confirm when you want to go. In general, when award space goes it isn’t likely to come back — sometimes it does, but you shouldn’t bank on it. The best way to search for being able to use your Korean miles for flights on Delta is to search KoreanAir.com or AirFrance.us. If either site shows Delta flights you can use your Korean miles. The principle of “if one partner shows seats for another partner, all partners can access that seat” holds true in this case. So, if Air France members can see a Delta flight is available for miles, so can Korean members. I say use both sites just to make sure you’re not seeing things. 🙂

  • Stephen Silvers says:

    Howie,
    I am looking for a non stop flight to Hawaii…..feb-apr 2018. I would like to goout of ewr.I have all my points with Membership rewards.Some of the methods are quite confusing. What would be the simplest and most effective way to use ny points. Thank You

    • Stephen, the challenge is simply finding award space on United. Search United.com for non-stop flights. If you find Saver Award Space you can transfer Membership Rewards to Singapore airlines for either 35k in economy or 60k in business per person. You’ll then call up Singapore to book the flights. Keep in mind, it must be a saver flight for Singapore to see the availability. I would suggest calling up Singapore to confirm that they see award availability.

      If you want help, you can always reach out to our Award Booking service: https://awardwallet.com/awardBooking/add

  • Stephen Silvers says:

    Do I have any different options if I go out of JFK??

  • I’m so confused — we have a buttload of points and want to book a great trip to Hawaii. I have 50,000+ on Southwest and 100K on Chase Sapphire plus some on American Expres. We would be leaving out of Grand Rapids, MI. I was thinking about using the Southwest points and getting to LAX and then using AA to get to Hawaii…. Trying to combine the Korean and Delta and whatever else airlines just is so confusing to me and too overwhelming. So with the goal of getting to Hawaii and using points as uncomplicated as possible but yet using them efficiently, what do you think of my idea of Southwest then AA?

  • did united raise its the number of points needed for an interisland flight from 6k to 7k miles? if so, when did this happen?

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