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Hainan Airlines awards now available with Alaska miles & the prices are good

by on Wed March 30, 2016 • 2 Comments
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Want to use miles to travel on Hainan Airlines?

Alaska Mileage Plan and Hainan Airlines, which calls itself China’s “only 5 star airline,” partnered up last year to let you earn Alaska miles on Hainan flights.

After a while of saying being able to actually use miles on Hainan flights would come in”early 2016,” you can book Hainan awards as of today, with booking available on AlaskaAir.com.

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According to Mileage Plan phone agents, the award price for a North America to Asia award is:

  • Economy: 30,000 miles one way / 60,000 roundtrip
  • Business: 50,000 miles one way / 100,000 roundtrip

That matches the rate for Cathay Pacific awards with Alaska miles, which are the most favorably priced on the Alaska award chart, which is good news.

  • American: 70,000 Economy / 110,000 Business
  • Cathay: 60,000 Economy / 100,000 Business
  • Delta: 80,000 Economy / 140,000 Business
  • Emirates: 105,000 Economy / 150,000 Business (though there are no nonstop flights to Asia, so this is a bit of an outlier)
  • Korean: 70,000 Economy / 105,000 Business

But searches online show the taxes and fees are higher than typical Cathay awards, at around $200 one way.

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Hainan has a lot of destinations within China, but there are a few interesting destinations outside of China like Phuket and Bangkok.

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But it’s not nearly as useful as Alaska’s partner Cathay Pacific which serves Africa and Australia via its Hong Kong hub.

Award availability is pretty wide open though, like this search for two people from San Jose to Beijing.

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Hainan does serve a few cities that don’t normally get much nonstop service to Asia like San Jose and Boston, and it flies a mix of 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A330s with lie flat seats in Business Class, though they’re in a crowded 2x2x2 configuration which isn’t the most 5 Star worthy.

So while the cash charges on top of the mile price aren’t great, the overall value and convenience is pretty good and a nice addition to Mileage Plan.

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2 thoughts on Hainan Airlines awards now available with Alaska miles & the prices are good

  1. Michael

    Hi!

    Is there a way to book with alaska points SJC/PEK/HKG on biz? I plan on using the stop over on PEK for about one month. I’ve tried looking at the alaska website, but I don’t see any routing to HKG with Hainan.

    Thank you!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Michael – The issue is Hainan itself doesn’t fly to Hong Kong – it uses a partner Hong Kong Airlines. Try flying into Shenzhen, which is a Hainan destination.

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