By: Luke Sims
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Hi Travel Junkies,
Hawaii is that dream destination on your bucket list that feels more like a fantasy than a possibility. You lean back in your chair at the office, close your eyes and picture yourself sipping a Mai Tai with the ocean breeze gently passing through your half-buttoned Hawaiian shirt.
You then snap back to reality when you realize it’s a billion miles away (I measured) and in the middle of the ocean… there can’t be an affordable way to get there.
At 10xTravel, we are determined to make Hawaii a reality for you. Today, I want to share with you five of the best ways to use points and miles to fly to Hawaii.
1) Korean Air SKYPASS Miles For Delta Flights
You can book a round-trip economy flight on Delta, from anywhere in the United States to any of the four major Hawaiian islands, for 25,000 Korean Air SKYPASS miles.
Korean Air does not fly from the US to Hawaii, so they rely on their Skyteam Partner, Delta, to service their customers. Although Delta prices its lowest award flights to Hawaii at 45,000 for roundtrip in economy and 90,000 for round-trip in first class, you can book the exact same Delta flights using 25,000 Korean Air SKYPASS miles in economy and 45,000 Korean Air SKYPASS miles in first class. I think the correct term for this is, “BOOYA”.
How to get Korean SKYPASS miles
You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points or Starwood Preferred Guest points at a 1:1 ratio to Korean SKYPASS miles. SPG points transferred in 20,000 increments will earn you an extra 5,000 bonus miles, which means transferring 20,000 SPG points would equal 25,000 SKYPASS miles.
Transfers from Chase are typically almost instant, but could take up to a whole business day. SPG points typically take around a week to transfer to Korean Air.
To earn Chase Ultimate Rewards, you have several card options, including the Chase Sapphire Reserve*, Chase Sapphire Preferred*, Chase Ink Preferred*, Chase Ink Cash, Chase Freedom, and Chase Freedom Unlimited. Keep in mind that you will need one of Chase’s premium cards that has an annual fee to transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel partners.
*Chase cards that are starred allow you to transfer your points to partners
SPG Starpoints are a little more difficult to earn, as you only have two credit card options. If you want to earn SPG Starpoints, the easiest way is with the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Either the business or personal version will work.
How to book award flights on Korean Air:
- Go to Korean Air’s website
- Select “Redeem Miles” and login
- Select “SkyTeam Award”
- Input travel dates, from/to cities, and class of service
- Select Prestige Class is you want to fly business class
- If you have the required miles in your Korean SKYPASS, you can select your flights and book online
If you need to transfer Ultimate Rewards or SPG Starpoints:
- write down the available flight options
- Call Korean Air to confirm availability and put the award on hold
- Transfer the required miles into your Korean SKYPASS account
- Call Korean Air to complete the booking
Keep in mind, Korean Air will only let you book award tickets for yourself and family members (friends do not count). If you are booking for family members, Korean Air will require you to provide proof of the relationship.
I know it’s a bit tedious but sticking your toes in the sand in Hawaii will make it all worth it.
2) British Airways Avios From The West Coast
You can book a round-trip in economy, from the west coast to Hawaii, for 25,000 British Airways Avios.
Unlike the other award booking options to Hawaii, British Airways uses a distance-based award chart. The miles you need to redeem for award flights is based on the distance flown. While this can result in some pricey redemptions, you can also find sweet spots like this one.
Thanks to British Airways’ partnerships with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, you have 10 west coast options:
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- Anchorage (ANC)
- Bellingham (BLI)
- Oakland (OAK)
- Portland (PDX)
- Sacramento (SMF)
- San Diego (SAN)
- San Jose (SJC)
- Seattle (SEA)
How to get British Airways Avios:
You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points or Starwood Preferred Guest points at a 1:1 ratio to British Airways Avios. SPG points transferred in 20,000 increments will get you an extra 5k bonus miles, which means transferring 20,000 SPG points would total 25,000 Avios. Ultimate Rewards should transfer instantly (or up to one day) and SPG points could take anywhere from 1-2 weeks.
You can earn Ultimate Reward and SPG Starpoints by using the credit cards mentioned above under Korean Air.
You can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points, but the ratio is 5:4, so it’s best to wait for a transfer bonus. Typically transfers instantly, but could take up to a day.
You can earn Membership Rewards by using several American Express cards, including: an American Express Platinum, Business Platinum, Premier Rewards Gold, Business Gold Rewards, Everyday Preferred, Everyday, and more.
Additionally, you can use the Chase British Airways Chase credit card to earn British Airways Avios that are credit to your account directly.
How to book award flights on British Airways:
- Go to British Airways’ website and search for award flights to Hawaii.
- If flights for your dates are available, transfer over the points you need to your Avios account and you can book your flights on British Airways. (note: British Airways allows one-way redemptions, which is still a solid option if round-trip is not available for your dates)
- If you cannot find award availability on British Airways’ website for your dates, go to American Airlines’ website and search for AAdvantage Award flights. Make sure to select “AA, American Eagle, and American Connection” under the tab “Carrier Preferences”. This will show you flights that you can book on British Airways with Avios.
- Write down flight information for the options you are considering and give British Airways a call to confirm availability and award price.
- If you can find the award space on the British Airways site, you can book online. If you find it on American Airlines’ site, you will need to call British Airways to complete the booking.
Don’t give up if you can’t find the flights you want on British Airways’ website. Follow the instructions above to find American Airlines flights that can be booked with Avios points. Your hard work will pay off!
3) Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles For United Flights
You can book a round-trip in United economy, from anywhere in the United States to any of the four major Hawaiian islands, for 35,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles.
Singapore Airlines does not fly from the US to Hawaii, so they rely on their Star Alliance partner, United Airlines, to service their customers. While United prices its lowest award flights to Hawaii at 45,000 for a round-trip ticket in economy, you can book the exact same United flights on Singapore Airlines for 35,000 KrisFlyer miles. For just a little bit of work, you can save a nice chunk of miles!
How to get Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles:
You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points, American Express Membership Rewards points, Citi ThankYou Points, or Starwood Preferred Guest points at a 1:1 ratio to Singapore KrisFlyer miles. SPG points transferred in 20,000 increments will get you an extra 5,000 bonus miles, which means transferring 20,000 SPG points would total 25,000 KrisFlyer miles. Points typically transfer instantly or up to a day, while SPG typically 1-2 weeks.
See the Korean Air and British Airways sections above for the Chase, Amex, and SPG credit card options.
Unlike the other options to Hawaii, Singapore Air is a transfer partner with Citi ThankYou Points. Having four credit card partners makes it very easy to earn the necessary points for this redemption.
You will need a Citi Prestige card or a Citi Premier card to be able to transfer your Citi ThankYou Points to Singapore’s KrisFlyer program.
How to book award flights on Singapore Airlines:
- Go to United’s website and search for Saver Award flights to Hawaii (you do not need to sign in to search)
- Look for round-trip flights on your dates first. If you can’t find round-trip for your dates, check one-way flights and then adjust your dates if necessary.
- Write down the flight options you are considering and give Singapore Airlines a call to confirm availability and award price.
- Transfer over the miles you need into your KrisFlyer account and call Singapore Airlines to book the flights with your miles.
Step-by-step and you’ll be on your way. Always feel free to reach out to a 10xTravel team member for help, we know this type of booking can be a bit tricky.
4) Air France Flying Blue Miles For Delta Flights
Another SkyTeam option is to book Delta flights with Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue program. You can book a one-way flight from the mainland US to/from Hawaii on Delta in economy for only 15,000 Flying Blue miles (30,000 round-trip).
The best part of this option is how easy it is to earn Flying Blue miles because you can transfer at a 1:1 ratio from AMEX Membership Rewards points, Citi ThankYou Points, SPG Starpoints, and Chase Ultimate Rewards points! Availability can be inconsistent, but if you book far enough in advance you should have a good shot at finding what you want.
How to get Flying Blue miles:
You can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points, Citi ThankYou Points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and Starwood Preferred Guest points at a 1:1 ratio to Flying Blue miles. These transfers typically take no more than 24 hours, possibly 48 hours for Citi ThankYou Points.
SPG points transferred in 20,000 increments will get you an extra 5,000 bonus miles, which means transferring 20,000 SPG points would total 25,000 Flying Blue miles. SPG points typically take 1-2 weeks.
How to book award flights on Air France:
- From the Air France home page, click on “Use Your Miles” and log in to your Flying Blue account.
- Search for a one-way flight to Hawaii (write down your options), then search for the return flight (write down your options).
- Transfer the necessary points into your Flying Blue account and book your flights. You can also book award tickets by calling their customer service, but it costs extra and it’s much easier/faster online.
The beauty of Air France Flying Blue is that you have a variety of great transfer points options. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to a fun adventure in Hawaii.
5) Starpoints For Business Class On Asiana Airlines
Rounding out our top 5, is an excellent business class option by taking advantage of Asiana’s sweet spot to Hawaii. For 55,000 Asiana miles, you can book a round-trip business class trip on United to Hawaii. This is the cheapest option to fly United in business class.
Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints transfer 1:1 to Asiana Club, and as with all Starpoint transfers, you get 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.
How to get Asiana Club miles:
Asiana mies are not the easiest to earn as they only have one transfer partner, SPG Starpoints which transfer at a 1:1 ratio. As we discussed earlier, SPG points transferred in 20,000 increments will get you an extra 5,000 bonus miles, which means transferring 20,000 SPG points would total 25,000 Asiana Club miles.These points could take 1-2 weeks to transfer, so plan ahead.
How to book award flights on Asiana Airlines:
Unfortunately, Asiana does not allow you to book flights with partners online, so you’ll have to do a little work.
- Go to Air Canada’s Aeroplan website
- Search for business class award space (make sure it’s on United).
- Once you have found United award space, note the flight information
- Call Asiana Club and provide them with your desired flights
- Transfer the points you need into your Asiana Club account and book your flights.
Keep in mind the transfer time from SPG. There’s always a risk the award availability could disappear while you wait as business class space is a hot commodity. But, if you’re looking for a business class option to Hawaii, transferring SPG to Asiana is a great way to maximize your points.
These are five of the absolute best ways to maximize your points for a trip to Hawaii. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. But, I’m guessing if you’re into this hobby it’s because you’re up for a challenge, if it means saving big.
If you’re dying to get to Hawaii, I would encourage you to check out our other fantastic material and figure out what works best for you:
- How To Use Amex Starwood Points To Fly To Hawaii
- How To Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Fly To Hawaii
- How To Use Amex Membership Rewards Points To Fly To Hawaii
- How To Use Citi ThankYou Points To Fly To Hawaii
So, I triple-dog-dare you to throw on your favorite Hawaiian shirt, follow these instructions, and make your dream destination a reality this year. Aloha, Hawaii!