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Hawaiian Airlines flies from Hawaii to 11 mainland U.S. cities, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.
Award space is decent, making it a great option for getting to Hawaii year round, but as of September 1st you can no longer search and find space for Hawaiian Airlines flights on the American Airlines website. That’s because American AAdvantage no longer allows using miles on Hawaiian Airlines to and from the U.S. mainland.
It’s a big loss for American AAdvantage members, but you can still book flights on Hawaiian Airlines via the following mileage programs with less competition for seats:
Transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest
This is one of the best deals in miles and points if you have Chase points, considering most airline miles charge 45,000 miles roundtrip to Hawaii in Economy Class. And unlike using British Airways Avios for flights from the West Coast for 25,000 points roundtrip, you can add on connecting flights in Hawaii like Honolulu to Kona without paying more miles.
Transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest
Virgin Flying Club
Virgin America Elevate
Transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards (not 1:1 transfer, 200 Amex points = 100 Virgin America points)
Know your routes
You can see Hawaiian’s current routes below (click here for a larger version of the route map). Routes in yellow are Hawaiian Airlines flights, as well as routes in white, which are seasonal Summer routes.
Where to find space
Now that the American Airlines website no longer shows Hawaiian award space to and from the mainland, you’ll have to rely on the Hawaiian Airlines site. It’s not hard, but you’ll need to set up a Hawaiian Miles account to be able to login to the award search, then use this link to reach the award search page.
You can’t mix awards on Hawaiian flights to and from the mainland U.S. with other airlines, so when you search, you’ll only get Hawaiian airlines results. Getting to a city that has Hawaiian Airlines flights is something you’ll have to pay for separately.
A one way search will get you started…
Hawaiian Airlines has 3 mileage price levels for each class of service, and only flights at the lowest price level are available for booking via partner miles and points.
So when you get results, keep an eye on flights that are 20,000 miles in Economy Class and 40,000 miles in Business Class.
Anything higher, like the below, won’t be bookable with partner miles like Korean SkyPass or Virgin Flying Club.
Once you’ve found flights that work, you’ll have to call your mileage program to book. Korean SkyPass will put an award on hold for you while you transfer, while Virgin Flying Club transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards are generally instant.
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