Anatomy of an Award: Hawaii at the Last Minute for 17,500 Miles

I just booked myself a one way award from Washington-Dulles to Honolulu, Hawaii for 17,500 Singapore miles and $6. There were a few interesting things about the award:

I got the award for 5,000 miles less than it "should" have cost.
The award space I wanted didn't open up until three days before departure, so I sweated out not having a ticket until the last minute.
I learned a few Singapore Airlines routing rules.

I've covered booking Singapore awards flying United planes to Hawaii several times, most thoroughly here.

How to Get to Hawaii or Anywhere Else for a Destination Wedding Free or Cheap

If you live in a western city with a direct American Airlines or Alaska Airlines post, skip this post and read All the 12,500 Avios Routes to Hawaii instead of this post. Currently that's Los Angeles, Phoenix, Anchorage, Bellingham, Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Jose, and San Diego.

Destination weddings don’t need to break the bank for attendees.

Anatomy of An Award: $1,200 Hawaii Flight for 17,500 Miles

I just booked myself a $1,233 economy flight from Hawaii to Chicago for 17,500 Singapore miles and $5.

You probably already have the miles I used, so you're only a 10 minute phone call away from a trip to Hawaii that costs thousands of miles fewer than it "should."

The basic idea is that you don't want to use United, American Airlines, or Delta miles to fly to Hawaii. You want to use their planes, but you want to book those flights with miles issued by foreign airlines, which for whatever reason, offer far cheaper award prices to

Guide to Booking United Flights to Hawaii with Singapore KrisFlyer Miles

It is cheaper to book the exact same United flights to Hawaii with Singapore KrisFlyer miles than with United miles.

United charges 22,500 miles each way in economy and 40,000 miles in First Class between the mainland and Hawaii
Singapore charges 17,500 miles each way in economy and 30,000 miles each way in First Class between the mainland and Hawaii

That's a humongous difference. Instead of costing 90,000 United miles to get two people from your home airport to Hawaii and back, you could pay 70,000 Singapore miles.

Great, Cheap Award Space to Hawaii This Dry Winter

Winter is the low season in Hawaii, and I think it is the best time to visit because:

there is more award space
lodging is cheaper
it's cold where you live but still 80 degrees in Hawaii

Normally one drawback is that it is rainier in the winter months in Hawaii, but this winter should be drier because El Niño is disrupting weather patterns in the Pacific.

I took a look at United award space from several cities in the center and east of the continental United States to the four major Hawaiian Islands.

One of the Coolest Things You Can Do with Miles: The Island Hopper with a Stopover

United operates a route from Honolulu to Guam with five stops twice per week on Mondays and Fridays.

20% Off United Awards to Hawaii

United is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip Saver economy awards booked to Hawaii by April 19 and flown Mondays through Thursdays from April 14 to May 19. The total cost of a roundtrip is 36,000 miles.

Don't Book This Promotion
If you have United miles, this may be a good deal. If you have Ultimate Rewards, do not transfer them to United miles to book this deal.

20% Off United Awards to Hawaii

United is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip Saver economy awards booked to Hawaii by April 19 and flown Mondays through Thursdays from April 14 to May 19. The total cost of a roundtrip is 36,000 miles.

Don't Book This Promotion
If you have United miles, this may be a good deal. If you have Ultimate Rewards, do not transfer them to United miles to book this deal.

Airline Change Fee Waivers for Iselle and Julio Hurricanes Hawaii

Hurricanes Iselle and Julio are scheduled to hit Hawaii in the next few days.