Reminder of Change Coming to AAdvantage on 9/1

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In the craziness of the summer it is easy to forget a few changes coming to miles and points programs this fall, but since I know many families are busy planning next year’s summer vacations I wanted to share one change that kicks in on September 1st that is absolutely worth a reminder.

On September 1st American Airlines will no longer permit you to redeem AAdvantage miles for travel on their partner Hawaiian Airlines between the continental United States and Hawaii.  You will still be able to use them to connect between Hawaiian Islands on AAdvantage awards, but you won’t be able to use them for the long over-water segment to get to Hawaii from the US.

Redeem AA miles on Hawaiian

This is a bummer because their availability historically was decent on many routes, and you could actually book these awards on the American Airlines website (unlike many of American’s other partners).  You could also do as I showed below and have one segment of your award on Hawaiian and the other on American or similar in order to get the availability you wanted.

Hawaiian Airlines Award

You will still be able to use American Airlines miles to fly to Hawaii on American, US Airways, and Alaska operated flights, but losing Hawaiian as an option between the US mainland and Hawaii is a real blow – especially when you are booking for a whole family and need as many options as possible.

Here is a post on airline award options to Hawaii if you want a more complete view of options. 

You can currently book AAdvantage awards through the middle of July 2016.  After September 1, you will continue to be able to use your AAdvantage miles for Hawaiian operated flights between the Hawaiian islands and also on to places like Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Tahiti from Hawaii, but not from the US mainland to Hawaii.

Hawaiian Airlines Route Network

If you want to fly on Hawaiian Airlines operated flights between the Continental US and Hawaii you can of course use Hawaiian Airlines miles with round trip prices starting at 40,000 miles or economy seats.  You can also use Virgin Atlantic miles “starting” at 40,000 miles round trip or Virgin America miles starting at 20,000 miles round trip.

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  1. Hello! My husband and I are expecting some AA points to post within the next week and we’re planning a January trip to Hawaii. Do you think if we put an AA with Hawaiian flight on hold that it would still be honored if it were past 09/01? I’m hoping our points post before that but say we put a flight on hold August 30th which used Hawaiian if AA would honor it? Hopefully this makes sense. Thank you!

  2. Right now, AAdvantage is not allowing bookings on a single award combining Hawaiian flights from HNL to international destinations with flights on other carriers from US mainland-HNL. For example, on March 28, 2016, AS is available in first SJC-HNL, and Hawaiian is available in business HNL-AKL with a legal connection, but the Web site is not offering SJC-AKL as a single award. Not sure whether this is a glitch, or is a stricter change in policy than expected.

    (I had put SJC-AKL on hold a few days ago, good through September 2, and, when I went to purchase it this evening, couldn’t do it on the Web site. Was able to get it done with a very knowledgeable and helpful phone res agent.)

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