It used to be that any roundtrip fare under $300 from the west coast to Hawaii was an amazing deal. That dates me, for sure. Then it was any RT fare under $350 was “the deal”. Now it’s a fare under $400 that gets you thinking about jumping on board and heading to the islands. There are three times of the year I think are best to get away to Hawaii. Crowds have thinned out and prices have come down. This sale speaks to one of those times: after the New Year and before spring break. The good deals are mainly from the west coast cities to Maui and Oahu.
Who doesn’t like hearing about MORE flights being added to Hawaii? And on top of that good news, Hawaiian Airlines has introductory price deals on these offers! What’s also nice is that these added flights are to Maui, Kona, and Lihue so you can try some of the other islands if you’ve already been to Oahu. My favorite island has always been Maui, and now that Hyatt opened up the Andaz Maui, it seems to be a lot of people’s favorite island too :)
Good morning everyone, happy Wednesday. I am writing to you from the WiFi-connected Golden Gate Transit bus, heading to work in San Francisco. I love Hawaii and I have written a few posts about traveling to Hawaii over the last few years. Some of my favorite posts about Hawaii include:
- Book One Way Award Flights to Hawaii on Delta for 15,000 KLM / Air France Flying Blue Miles
- Profiting from 2 Timeshare Presentations in Hawaii (Secret: Attend, but do not Buy!)
- Transfer SPG Points to Virgin America; Book Hawaiian Airlines Award Ticket with Virgin America Miles
- Booking Flights to Hawaii using 12,500 British Airways Avios for LAX-HNL
Recently, I was trying to book a flight from Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii (LIH) to San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK). I will show you how I used a Bank of America Alaska Airlines Companion Fare and Virgin America miles to book a Hawaiian Airlines award ticket. But first, take a quick look at these route maps from Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. Those 2 airlines offer lots of flights, but there are only a few routes to Hawaii, and not every major Hawaiian airport is served.
Here’s all the news that caught my eye this week – let me know if you learn something new!
Airlines + Miles
The TSA is reportedly piloting a new requirement in Kansas City (MCI): forcing passengers to remove any paper products from their luggage. Yet another reason to get Global Entry if you don’t have it already. [Schneier on Security]
American Airlines has a new promotion where you can earn up to 10,000 points for transactions with their shopping partners. [Mommy Points]
American Airlines also announced that they plan to cram so many seats into their new 737 MAX planes that some rows will lose two additional inches of legroom. [CNN Money]
Hawaiian Airlines unveiled a brand and livery refresh. It looks pretty slick! [The Design Air]
Good morning everyone, greetings from Denver, Colorado. I am working on a few upcoming blog posts about my recent trip to Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu, but in the meantime, this post will show you how to use your SPG Points to book a Hawaiian Airlines award ticket using Virgin America miles. Back on April 13, 2016, SPG added Virgin America as a transfer partner, thus making this post possible.
Long story short, I needed a flight from Maui (OGG) to Kona (KOA) and this Hawaiian Airlines flight looked perfect. The only problem was the $96 price tag for a 35 minute flight. I reached out to my friends on Twitter and was told that the best way to book a Hawaiian Airlines award ticket was using Virgin America miles. Here is the process I went through to book the Hawaiian Airlines award ticket using Virgin America miles.