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2 Round Trip Tickets from Los Angeles (LAX) to Hawaii (HNL, OGG, LIH, KOA) for $105
For whatever reason, people think Hawaii is really expensive to visit, but if you know how (read this post to learn how) you can get 2 round trip tickets from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to any airport in Hawaii (HNL, OGG, LIH, or KOA) for $105.
Don’t live near LAX? No problem. At the end of this post, there will be instructions on how to get to Hawaii from wherever you live.
Before I show you how to get 2 round trip tickets to Hawaii for $105, let’s take a look at how much round trip flights from LAX to Hawaii for 5 to 7 nights would cost. The following screenshots came from ITA Matrix (an online travel search engine). From October to December 2013, the cheapest round trip flights are $517 (per person) during the first 2 weeks of December, otherwise, prices are constant at $537.
At this point, you are probably disappointed and ready to give up. This is painful, but necessary to show you how important travel credit cards are and how much money they can save you and your family when you travel.
The first thing you will need to do is apply for the Chase British Airways Visa card. This credit card will give you 50,000 British Airways Avios after you spend $2,000 in 3 months. Avios (pronounced “ah-ve-oh-s” or “aye-ve-oh-s”) are British Airway’s frequent flyer miles.
Wait a second, I thought we were flying to Hawaii, not London. You are correct, we are flying to Hawaii but we will be using British Airways Avios to get there. Here is how it works. British Airways uses a distance-based award chart to calculate the number of miles for each flight.
As you can see, shorter flights require less Avios than longer flights. British Airways is the Holy Grail for short, non-stop flights. Let’s take a look at flights from LAX to Hawaii by using Great Circle Mapper.
As you can see, each flight is between 2,400 and 2,700 miles each direction. This is great because it falls into a sweet spot on British Airways’s award chart. Flights from LAX to Hawaii will be 12,500 Avios each way or 25,000 Avios round trip.
If you are flying from Dallas, TX (DFW) to Hawaii, the flights are longer (between 3,700 and 3,800 miles each way).
Because these flights are longer, the British Airways’s award chart requires more miles. Flights from DFW to Hawaii will be 20,000 Avios each way or 40,000 Avios round trip.
Now that you know LAX to Hawaii is 25,000 Avios for a round trip flight, how do you get British Airways Avios?
Before you apply for the Chase British Airways Visa, you will need a British Airways frequent flyer mile account. Sign up for a British Airways account here. Click the red button on the bottom that says Enter Additional Details to Join the Executive Club.
Fill in your address so they can mail you a frequent flyer card (all the way from Great Britain).
Agree to the terms and click the red Join the Executive Club button.
You should now have a British Airway Avios frequent flyer account number. You will need this number when you apply for the Chase British Airways Visa.
Apply for the Chase British Airways Visa. I will wait here for you until you submit the application. Best case scenario, you are instantly approved for the Chase British Airways Visa. Woo Hoo!
Unfortunately, not everyone gets approved instantly online. Not to worry. Welcome to the world of the Reconsideration Department. All online applications are either approved, denied, or pending further review based on the credit card company’s approval algorithms. To speak to a credit analyst at Chase Bank, call 888-245-0625 and let them know you recently applied for the Chase British Airways Visa and wanted to check the status of your application. Chase is great about moving credit around and working with you to get approved for new cards. I have called the Reconsideration Department and been approved many times for various Chase cards. If you are nervous about calling the Reconsideration Department, read Million Mile Secret’s post.
After you get your card, activate it online or over the phone. To receive the 50,000 bonus Avios offer, you need to spend $1,000 in 3 months. Click this link to learn tips on how to reach the minimum spend requirement (MMS link). After 1, 2, or 3 statements, you should receive the 50,000 bonus Avios in your account (assuming you spent at least $1,000 during those 3 months). At this point, you should have more than 50,000 British Airways Avios in your account.
It’s time to find your flight and pack your sunscreen, swimsuit, and flip flops!
Go to www.AA.com and enter LAX to HNL (or OGG, or LIH, or KOA). Enter the dates you would like to fly, click the Redeem Miles box, and click Refine your Search.
Change the carrier preference from AA + AAdvantage Participating Airlines to the second option (AA, American Eagle and AmericanConnection). Then click the blue GO button.
You will be brought to the Select Dates screen. From here, click Show Full Calendar and change Number of Stops to Non-Stop Only. Do this for both the Departure and Return flight sections.
Click a light green box for your departure and return flights, then click the red CONTINUE button. I have 2 choices for my departure flight, so I select the 8AM flight because I want to spend as much time in Hawaii as possible.
Then click the return box to look at return flights.
I only have 1 choice for my return flight, so that choice is easy.
At this point, write down your dates for your departure and return flights. My departure date is September 17 and my return date is September 25.
Now, go to British Airway’s site to book the award flight. Go to www.ba.com and log into your account.
Click the Spending Avios link on the left side of your screen.
Click the Book flights with Avios link.
This is where you enter your airports and dates. Follow these 6 steps:
- Type LAX in the FROM Field
- Type HNL in the TO Field
- Select September 17 in the DEPART Field
- Select September 25 in the RETURN Field
- Do not change economy class
- Click the red GET FLIGHTS button at the bottom.
British Airways will check for available seats on your selected routes.
Take a look at that! The same American Airlines flights I found earlier on AA.com.
You might see a message that says “Only 7 reward flight seat(s) left in this class.” This is the default message when there are more than 7 seats available. Click the red CONTINUE button.
My round trip flight from LAX to HNL will cost 25,000 British Airways Avios and $5.00 in taxes and fees.
Scroll to the bottom of the page, agree to the terms, and continue to the payment page.
Verify your flight dates and times before paying.
Enter your payment information. I would recommend using your British Airways Visa card because the charge is coming from Great Britain and the British Airways Visa does not charge any foreign transaction or processing fees (like some credit and debits cards). If you use a debit card, the charge might be flagged as fraud. So just use your British Airways Visa card to be safe.
Enter your billing address and click the red MAKE BOOKING button.
If I were actually purchasing this ticket, I would show you a confirmation screen. From here, you should receive an AA confirmation number which will allow you to select your seats.
If you have any questions about flying from LAX, leave a comment below. If you have a question about flying from somewhere else, read Don’t live near LAX? No problem.