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:
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.
Barclays Sign Up Offers: $400 Barclaycard Arrival, 50,000 Lufthansa Miles, 35,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles, and 40,000 US Airways Miles
Full Disclosure: I don’t personally have any Barclays credit cards. I have applied for some credit cards in the past but have always been denied due to “too many recent credit inquires” – so it is not by choice (not my choice at least) that I do not have credit cards with Barclays.
It might be hard to believe, but I actually have credit card affiliate links (only from Barclays Bank though). I hardly ever talk about credit card sign up bonuses, unless I am specifically applying for them during an app-o-rama (see March 2014 App-O-Rama and November 2013 App-O-Rama).
You can view and apply for a Barclays Credit Card on my credit card page. With that said, here are some of the my favorite Barclays Credit Cards:
Barclaycard Arrival – 40,000 points ($400 Statement Credit) after spending $3,000 in 3 months (no annual fee the first year, then $89 a year after that)
This is a follow-up/summary of my recent post (Exchange Hawaiian Airline Miles for Hilton HHonor Points) with some more relevant information. Earlier this month, I made 2 transfer from my Hawaiian Airlines account to my Hilton HHonors account. I moved 25,000 miles out on June 10 and another 5,000 miles out on June 13. Hawaiian Airlines told me that transfers take 1-2 weeks to show up.