Anatomy of an Award: LA to Hawaii to DC for 15k Turkish Miles (Citi Points)

A note from Sarah Page: In case you don't catch the byline, this was written by MileValue founder Scott Grimmer. We're happy to feature a post by our old friend and coworker! Thanks for your time and valuable insight, Scott.

Using Hawaiian Miles for Travel to & Within Hawaii

Update 8/19: This offer is expected to drop on September 4, 2019, according to Doctor of Credit.

Barclays issues a Hawaiian Airlines co-branded credit card called the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard that comes with 60,000 miles for spending $2,000 within 90 days of account opening.

Southwest to Hawaii News: Buy & Fly by Late Fall 2018

Southwest held a meeting in Honolulu yesterday that revealed approximate dates Southwest flights will go on sale and commence service. We also learned that Southwest will keep its awesome two free checked bags/free flight change policies for flights between Hawaii and the mainland.

Executive Vice President; Chief Revenue Officer Andy Watterson told the Beat of Hawaii that the announcement of flights will come by October at the latest, and service would "begin possibly just weeks thereafter".

$358 Roundtrips to Hawaii From Tons of US Cities

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American Airlines and United are in a fare ware right now, both offering cheap roundtrip economy fares to Hawaii.

Update on Southwest’s Planned Service to Hawaii

Last October we learned that Southwest was going to begin service to Hawaii from California in 2018 on their new Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.

$363+ Roundtrips to Hawaii from Newark, April through February!

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Alaska Airline is offering a dirt cheap roundtrip economy fare to Hawaii, starting at $363 from Newark to Maui, Kona, Honolulu, and Lihue. Available travel dates span all the way from April 2018 through February of 2019.

All the 12,500 Avios Awards to Hawaii

British Airways Avios are fantastic for short, direct, economy flights on American Airlines and Alaska Airlines because the number of Avios needed for an award is determined only by the distance and cabin of each flight.

One sweet spot with Avios that I've noted over and over is that flights from the west coast to Hawaii are 12,500 Avios + $5.60 in taxes each way.

From where do American Airlines and Alaska Airlines fly to in Hawaii?
How can you book these flights with Avios?
How can you get Avios?

American and Alaska all fly to the four major

Southwest Will Fly to Hawaii in 2018

Aloha! A few days ago Southwest announced that they will begin service to Hawaii from the mainland United States some time in 2018. Specific routes and when they begin have not been announced as Southwest is still awaiting government approval.

This is fantastic news as the flight market to Hawaii can be quite expensive. The introduction of a low cost airline like Southwest will surely increase competition and drive prices down.

$362+ Roundtrips to Hawaii from the West Coast All Year

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United Airlines is offering roundtrip economy flights starting at $362 from various cities on the west coast to Honolulu, Maui, and Kona. Available travel dates span all the way from September through May of 2018.

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 alaskair.com 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.