Monthly Archives: May 2012

Flying to Hawaii from the Pacific Northwest

It’s been almost a full year since Mrs. Points Honeymooner moved to Seattle and it’s become clear to me that to keep her as happy as possible, I have to whisk her away to a warmer, sunnier place at least a couple of times during the winter months.

One of the places we’ve been meaning to go ever since we first met has been Hawaii. Despite its relative proximity, its been a destination that’s been constantly put-off in favor of more distant locations like the Maldives and Bali, given the general paradigm that the best value of miles often comes from flying further.

The advent of Avios points by British Airways last November, however, turned that notion on its head. The new distance (rather than region) based mileage redemption chart meant that one could redeem a round trip from the West Coast to Hawaii for 25,000 Avios points + taxes and booking fees of under $50 per person. Compare that to most US based Airline loyalty programs which require around 40,000 miles for a round trip, regardless of whether you are flying from the East Coast or West Coast.

With the current 50% transfer bonus that American Express is running for Membership Rewards points to Avios transfers, a round trip from the West coast to Hawaii would cost only 17,000 Membership Rewards points per ticket – a phenomenal deal. That deal expires on May 31st, so if you are planning to take advantage of that, act quick.

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