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My family’s favorite vacation destination is Hawaii, and via their own version of a “Cyber Monday” offering, United is making it 20% cheaper to get there on miles if you book a roundtrip economy saver award by December 8th and travel between January 7 – March 10, 2018.
This means that instead of it costing 45,000 United miles per round trip, it will cost you just 36,000 miles to get to paradise and back from the Lower 48 + Alaska and Canada (though Canada is an off-label use as the terms don’t technically include Canada). For planning purposes, United heads nonstop to Honolulu, Maui, Lihue, Kona, and Hilo.
This discounted rate is only valid for roundtrip travel and cannot be combined with stopovers or segments operated by any airline other than United, so it is really only useful if you are flying to one spot in Hawaii and back.
Also keep in mind that even at 20% off, United doesn’t have the best award chart to Hawaii as you can fly United-operated flights (assuming saver award availability) via Singapore for just 30,000 KrisFlyer miles per round trip. You can also fly Delta operated flights booked via Korean Air for 25,000 miles per round trip, and American or Alaska operated flights booked via British Airways Avios from the West Coast starting at 12,500 Avios each way.
Still, there are situations when booking via United is the smartest choice either because you simply have United miles to burn or because you want to book awards that are only available to those who have United elite status or a United co-branded credit card.
If you are heading to Hawaii for less to spot some whales in early 2018, I’d love to hear about it and celebrate with you!
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