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If you have time in your schedule to squeeze in a spring trip to Hawaii from April 8 – May 20, 2018, then know that there is a two-day-only sale on award flights to Hawaii using your United miles! Those with a United credit card or United elite status can begin booking at the reduced rate today, and everyone else can book tomorrow, March 14, 2018. With this sale, you can save 9,000 miles over the regular United round trip saver award rate. Normally, it costs 22,500 United miles in each direction to fly to Hawaii on an economy saver award, but if you book these discounted spring travel dates by March 14, 2018, you can go for just 36,000 United miles per round trip in economy!
United is not the lowest priced redemption option to get to Hawaii under their normal mileage pricing model, and it isn’t even the cheapest with the reduced prices, but it becomes a much more viable option at just 36,000 miles per round trip.
For comparison, Singapore Airlines is 35,000 miles round trip in economy to Hawaii (60k in business), and you can transfer in points 1:1 from Chase Ultimate Reward cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Amex Membership Reward points. With Singapore Airlines you can still fly United operated award flights to the islands and availability should be the same as United has access to (without the extra availability for United elites or credit cardholders).
Via Korean Airlines, also a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, you can fly for just 25,000 miles round trip on Delta (though be aware their booking process is not the most straight-forward). If you live on the West Coast or as far east as Phoenix, you may be able to fly to Hawaii for as little as 25,000 British Airways Avios on Alaska or American Airlines via their distance based chart. Of course, paid tickets to Hawaii have been available off and on for much lower than normal prices, too.
In other words, even with this sale United miles may not be your best bet for using miles to get to Hawaii, but it becomes a pretty solid option. With this sale, there are no blackout dates for discounted saver awards, but stopovers are not allowed and you must travel on United or United Express operated flights.
If you want to fly to Hawaii for just 18,000 United miles each way, remember to move quickly as this sale ends tomorrow, March 14th!
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