Update: Tomorrow is the last day to use AA miles to book travel on Hawaiian between the US48 and Hawaii.
Originally posted on 06/22:
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American announced over the weekend that 08/31 will be the last day to use American miles to book award on Hawaiian Airlines between the US mainland and Hawaii.
That was always USAirways’ policy and it brings the new USAirways’ run AA into their old policy. Other airlines like Delta and United have the same policy of allowing redemptions for Hawaiian intra-island flights, but not for flights between the US mainland and Hawaii.
You’ll still be able to fly on American or Alaska between the US mainland and Hawaii.
And you’ll still be able to use 5K AA miles for intra-Hawaii flights on Hawaiian.
But it hurts as Hawaiian has good award availability to Hawaii and they have nonstop flights from JFK to Honolulu.
Nonstop award availability on Hawaiian nonstop from JFK to Honolulu:
And on the return as well:
American charges 17.5K miles to fly in coach to Hawaii during off-peak travel dates (01/12-03/08 and 08/22-12/15) and 22.5K during peak season.
2 ironic things about that.
1. JFK to Honolulu is a longer flight than Philadelphia to Tel Aviv. Yet it costs 61% less than it in miles:
45K miles for PHL-TLV on a 10:55 flight:
17.5K miles for JFK-HNL off-peak on a 11:15 flight:
2. Hawaii off-peak isn’t aligned with the off peak dates for other regions (South America Region 2: March 1 – May 31, August 16 – November 30. Europe: October – May 15. Asia Region 1: October – April 30) and other regions overrule the peak Hawaii dates.
Which leads to situations where Honolulu-JFK costs 22.5K:
But Honolulu-Paris (via JFK…) costs just 20K:
Same goes for travel to South American and Asia. That was far more useful before American stealthily eliminated stopovers on awards, but there are still some uses for that.
Luckily for those looking to travel on Hawaiian there’s another way. Korean charges just 30K miles in coach or 60K miles in first class to fly round-trip on Hawaiian Airlines between the US mainland and Hawaii.
Korean charges the same rate to fly on Alaska Airlines to Hawaii and they charge even less to fly on Delta to Hawaii, just 25K in coach or 45K in first round-trip, though Delta availability is tough to come by.
You can transfer Chase points instantly to Korean at a 1:1 ratio or Starwood Starpoints to Korean at a 20K:25K ratio.
If you’re based on the west coast, the best value to Hawaii is with BA Avios at just 12.5K Avios each way on American or Alaska, though you need to call BA to book travel on Alaska to Hawaii.
Perhaps the biggest loss here is that we’ll lose AA.com’s excellent calendar award search to find Hawaiian award flights, which corresponded to what Korean phone agents are able to book.
At any rate, if you are wanting to use AA miles on Hawaiian you’ll have until 08/31/15 to book travel through 07/26/16.