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A new way to get to Hawaii for 25,000 points (or 45,000 for First Class)

by on Mon October 20, 2014 • 11 Comments

Getting to Hawaii for less just got easier.

Korean SkyPass, which is a 1:1 point transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, recently updated its award regions.

And you can now book flights to Hawaii on its SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines for just 25,000 miles roundtrip in Economy Class and only 45,000 points in Business Class.

How did this happen?

Korean used to define Hawaii as a separate award region for SkyTeam awards, charging 35,000 points for Economy Class and 75,000 miles for Business Class. That was a better deal than Delta which charges 45,000 points in Economy Class and 80,000 miles for First Class.


But as of September 21st it started offering a new award chart with one, cheap award zone that combines all of North America into one region, meaning Hawaii flights can be booked for just 25,000 miles in Economy Class and 45,000 miles in First Class, which is an incredible deal.


It seems like a mistake, but Korean’s new award region definition is crystal clear that Hawaii is part of this new, combined North America region.

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That means big savings are yours if you can find Delta flights with award seats. And you can even include a stopover in your plans.

The catch is you can’t mix and match carriers, so this award is only valid if you can find a trip entirely using Delta flights.

Where can you find awards?

Unfortunately Delta award availability to Hawaii isn’t great, especially in Business Class.

But that doesn’t mean this is useless.

In fact, Delta’s flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu is loaded with award space, as you can see here in green.


Delta also operates the following routes to Hawaii:

  • Atlanta – Honolulu
  • Seattle – Maui
  • Los Angeles – Maui
  • Los Angeles – Kona
  • Los Angeles – Kauai
  • Salt Lake City – Honolulu
  • Seattle – Honolulu

And unlike using Avios to Hawaii, which charge you based on the distance you fly, this 25,000 mile award is available at one low price no matter how far you fly.

So for example if you find a New York – Los Angeles – Kona award with Delta flights you’ll pay just 25,000 miles using Korean SkyPass.

Compare that to Avios which will set you back 50,000 points, since the New York – Los Angeles and Los Angeles – Hawaii flights are priced individually.

That makes this the cheapest way to get from the East Coast or Midwest to Hawaii.

You can call Korean on 1-800-438-5000 to check availability. Ask for a SkyTeam award redemption and specify the Delta flights you’re looking for.

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11 thoughts on A new way to get to Hawaii for 25,000 points (or 45,000 for First Class)

  1. Walt

    I’m now considering other destinations to use my 4 free Hyatt nights. Is it possible to use the strategy you discuss in this post to other destinations like Europe? I checked Milan at 20k points with Amer Air. If I use Avios to book, will I get a better deal on points? You have any destination suggestions for me now that I’m not restricted to Hawaii? I should have 150k points after I finish my min spend on British Airways CC. Thanks for all your help.


      @Walt – The holidays are just really tough. You could try Tokyo – it’s 50k Avios roundtrip and there are 4 seats on the way out the 22nd, but none yet coming back. Would suggest Los Cabos but so far no availability. Europe with Avios is tough because even the AA flights to Europe have big surcharges. The rest of the world is more reasonable on that front with Avios.

      Alternatively, why not plan a summer break now? You can fly June 11 to Kauai and return June 15 or 16 using the 25k Avios with 4 seats available on the nonstop LAX-LIH flight with AA. Flights those dates are over $800 so you’re saving big money going at a peak time by planning far ahead.

      1. Walt

        Thank you for all the tips. We’re in the process of applying for more CCs and I will certainly use your equally informative credit card page and links. Keep up the good work!

  2. Walt

    So I’ve hit awall trying too book Hawaii, Kawuai in particular, using Avios because there’s very little award flights on American Airlines. I followed your advise and now have 54,000 UR points and 50,000 MR points. I need to book 4 tickets for this coming Dec. Could you share some insight (specifics) on getting to Kawuai via Hawiian airlines using the above points. I apologize but I’m a total newbie and this is my first trip ever using points. I was successful booking the Grand Hyatt Kawuai using 4 free Hyatt nights but booking the flights is proving very challenging. I would really appreciate any help you can give me.


        @Walt – And what days can you travel – what flexibility do you have (the Hyatt dates for example should be flexible)? There is space on the AA nonstop LAX-LIH on December 7 and 10, then returning the 15 and 16.

        1. Walt

          So my problem may be that I’m flying during peak travel times. I plan on traveling 4 days between Dec 18 and Dec 29…that’s the only flexibility. Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated. I’m willing to fly out of nearby airports as far as San Diego. I’m also willing to fly any airline.


            @Walt – The peak timing is the issue. There are 3 seats from LIH – San Diego on Christmas Day on Alaska which you can book with Avios. So perhaps book those seats as a one way trip to lock them in. Then for the way out consider paying cash or waiting and seeing if an award opens up. Just be aware that there’s a nonstop from San Diego to LIH only 2 days a week, so you may want to fly out of LAX. If you’re more flexible and can travel around the 15th there are many more options, but schools aren’t so flexible.

  3. Walter

    Awesome article. I think the info is still relevant today. Could u recommend some mile award CCs that will help me earn enough points to fly 4 Fam members inc my self to Hawaii. Planning to go Spring 2016.


      @Walter – Glad it’s helpful. Easiest is to just load up on Chase Ultimate Rewards so you can play either Hawaiian via Korean or Alaska / american via BA Avios. 40k from the Sapphire Preferred and 50k from the Ink Plus intro should just about do it. It would be 100k for the 4 of you if flying from the West Coast or a Hawaiian Airlines route.

      If you want to add extra ‘security’ consider the 50k Amex Gold, which you can use for BA Avios.


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