Sub $400 Roundtrips West Coast to Maui in Late Summer/Fall

I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I tweet from @MileValueAlerts only a few times a month because it is designed to be used only for the best and most limited-time deals–like mistake fares–so that you aren’t bombarded by text messages.

Hawaiian and Alaska Airlines are both offering $397 roundtrip economy flights from San Jose and Oakland, California to Maui (non-stop). The majority of available travel dates span the end of August through mid November.

Three Easy Ways to Earn Miles This Week

Credit card sign up bonuses and buying cash flights tend to be the major opportunities to earn big chunks of rewards. But being a true miles and points enthusiast means taking advantage of even the little opportunities when you can, that only take a minute or two to sign up for/participate in and over time add up to big savings. Every penny–or mile–counts.

Here are three ways you can easily boost your balances this week.

Who Has the Most First Class Award Space to Kona?

There seemed to be enough interest in my original post on premium cabin award space to Honolulu that I followed up with the next most popular destination in Hawaii: Maui, and will now cover premium cabin award space to Kona (KOA), the third busiest airport in Hawaii on the big island.

Alaska Airlines Adds Condor & Finnair as Partners

Alaska Airlines has added two new airlines to their lengthy list of partners recently.

Back in March of this year, Alaska added the German airline Condor. You can redeem and earn Alaska miles flying Condor. Even more recently, Alaska announced another new partnership: Finnair. You can't redeem Alaska miles flying Finnair yet but you can earn them when flying Finnair.

I'll focus more on Condor today since we don't know the redemption rates for flying Finnair yet.
Condor is a leisure airline.

Who Has the Most First Class Award Space to Honolulu?

Update 5/15/17: I originally left out Virgin America award space from this post because we’d heard reports that First Class Virgin America award space showing up on was phantom. I tested to see if the award space was still phantom, and it's not, so I have updated this post to include info on Virgin America award space to Honolulu. The rest of the airlines' award space hasn't been updated but their patterns remain the same. 

Finding First Class award space to Hawaii is complicated.

Who Has the Most First Class Award Space to Maui?

There seemed to be enough interest in my original post on this topic, Who Has the Most First Class Award Space to Honolulu?, that I followed up with the next most popular destination in Hawaii: Maui (OGG airport).

Earn Extra Miles Buying Mothers’ Day Flowers Online

Mother's Day is this coming Sunday, May 14. Plan ahead, and not only can you make the mothers in your lives feel extra special, but also earn a nice stash of miles in the process.

Are the Alaska Cards Still Churnable?

*Note Bank of America's new rule concerning amount of cards they will approve you for in a two, three, and 12 month period before attempting to open various Alaska cards*

The last couple days I've been wading through this entire Flyertalk thread-->Alaska Airlines card offers, Personal &

Improved Offer For Alaska Airlines Visa Signature

The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America now comes with the following enhanced benefits package:

30,000 Alaska miles for spending $1,000 on the card within three months of opening it
$100 statement credit (also in return for meeting the minimum spending requirement)
One Companion Fare with $0 base fare and only taxes;

40% Bonus on Purchases of 10k Alaska Miles: Limited to First 2,500 Members

Alaska Airlines MileagePlan is running a 40% bonus sale, available to the first 2,500 MileagePlan members who take action. You can buy 10,000 Alaska miles at a time that will come with a 4,000 miles bonus. If 2,500 members don't purchase sale miles by 11:59pm on May 3, the promotion will end then.

Including taxes, you'll pay $295.63 for 14,000 miles, or 2.11 cents per mile. We've seen Alaska miles on sale with as much as a 50% bonus, allowing you to buy them for 1.97 cents each.