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One of the most frustrating aspects of using points and miles is the availability of award space. Sometimes you have scrimped and saved, taken a mileage run and accrued enough miles for your dream journey only to be frustrated by the lack of award space. Finding the right space can be like panning for gold, so it’s a great surprise to find wide open award space on Delta from the US to Hawaii during the peak summer season.
What To Look For
If you are looking for award space to Hawaii this summer, there are several steps you can take that will make your efforts much easier:
- Los Angeles and Seattle seem to have the best availability
- August should be your first place to start. June and July are not quite as open
- From the 5 Delta hubs, opt first for nonstop flights before trying the options for all flights
- Use Wikipedia pages for each airport in Hawaii to identify all nonstop Delta destinations (Examples: HNL (Oahu/Honolulu) and OGG (Maui/Kahului))
- As an example, any dates that show 22,500 miles and represent Delta-operated flights can be booked by partners
The question is now what to do once you have found the perfect award space that dovetails with your schedule. Well, the first thing to do is not to book on Delta!
How To Book
We recently reported on booking SkyTeam award space on Korean Air. This is where it will come in handy for booking Delta awards. Booking through Delta’s site will cost you 45K miles for a round trip. Booking through Korean Air will cost you only 25K miles since they have access to Delta’s lowest award space. You can transfer your Ultimate Rewards to Korean Air if you don’t have any miles in their program to complete the bookings.
Not Near Hubs?
If you're not near any of the Delta cities with award space, see if you can find a connection at the lowest level award space as well — if not, it might be worth it to use additional miles or piece together separate tickets / possibly even purchasing them from a low-cost carrier if the price is right.
Hawaii is a popular award destination that our award booking service handles. If you are looking for some award space to Hawaii you are in luck; it is very rare to find this amount of award space open on any airline. The fact that space is open to one of the prime vacation destinations is a great bonus.
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