Until today United has always charged 6K miles per Hawaii interisland leg.
The meant that if you booked an award from Newark to Maui via Honolulu you would pay:
-22.5K miles coach or 40K miles first from Newark to Honolulu
-6K miles coach from Honolulu to Maui
-6K miles coach from Maui to Honolulu
-22.5K miles coach or 40K miles first from Honolulu to Newark.
The round-trip award would be 57K miles in coach or 92K miles in first.
Singapore Airlines only charges 17.5K miles in coach or 30K miles in first to fly one-way on United between the US49 and Hawaii.
With the ability to transfer AMEX, Chase, Citi and Starwood points to Singapore, that was the way to go unless United only offered expanded XN saver award availability to Hawaii on your desired flights, which requires having a United credit card and using United miles.
However Singapore can’t redeem for travel on interisland flights, and separate tickets typically meant having to recheck baggage in Honolulu. That’s not much fun as Honolulu is a horrendous airport for rechecking baggage as you need to bring your bags to the interisland terminal to do that. Still, it was worthwhile to do the price differential.
However United has stopped charging extra for interisland legs! This makes the value proposition of using United miles to Hawaii much greater.
Plus you can even tag on a 3rd interisland leg as a free excursionist perk!
Just use the multi-city award search on United.com to piece it together. For example:
And you can visit 2 Hawaiian Islands on one trip with 3 interisland flights for just 45K miles in coach:
Or visit 2 Hawaiian Islands on one trip with 3 interisland flights for just 80K miles in first:
Now that’s the Aloha spirit!
If only we could get United to bring back their Halfway to Hawaii in-flight contest…