American Airlines award space to Hawaii right now is ridiculously good for up to as many as 6 passengers! If you were contemplating a trip to Hawaii and have some AA miles to burn, now might be the time to book it.
Award space availability is something that is truly difficult to predict on most airlines with any semblance of reliability. That holds true for American Airlines, an airline that utilizes a complex algorithm to determine when to release award seats. For some reason, every once and a while the skies part and the sun shines down upon us for a brief period of time where award availability is exceptionally good to a given destination. Take for example a few months ago when AA released a ton of premium cabin award space to Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) for seemingly no reason at all.
Well, it looks like the skies have parted once again as AA has a released a TON of economy award availability to Hawaii between now and August!
As a reminder, one-way award tickets between the Continental United States and Hawaii will cost you 22,500 miles in economy and 40,000 miles in business/first class.
The searches I did and will show availability for were for 4 passengers. The best availability seems to be out of Los Angeles (LAX), which American has been battling to make into a mini-hub. The best availability on the return seemed to be out of Kahului (OGG), though availability out of Honolulu (HNL) was quite good as well. Let’s take a look!
Los Angeles (LAX) – Kahului (OGG)
Except for a few random days, for flights out of Los Angeles (LAX) to Kahului (OGG), economy saver level award space is currently wide open.
Unfortunately, premium cabin space for 4 on that route is not nearly as good right now.
Los Angeles (LAX) – Honolulu (HNL)
For flights out of Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL), economy saver level award space is currently not as good as to Kahului (OGG), but there are still some decent options for 4.
Premium cabin award space on that route though is actually better than to Kahului (OGG) for 4.
Kahului (OGG) – Los Angeles (LAX)
Usually when you have excellent award space in one direction, the award space in the opposite direction is lacking substantially. Thankfully that is not the case at all here as saver level economy award space from Kahului (OGG) to Los Angeles (LAX) is currently excellent! If you can avoid flying on Saturdays, your options are almost every single date from now through July!
Premium cabin award space for 4 on the route is not as good at the moment, but there are still some options.
Honolulu (HNL) – Los Angeles (LAX)
Saver level economy award space for 4 between Honolulu (HNL) and Los Angeles (LAX) is not quite as good as from Kahului (OGG), but the options are still exceptionally good for a route that usually has limited to no saver availability.
As with all the routes I have focused on here, premium cabin award space for 4 is not nearly as good, but there are still several dates with availability.
To/From Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and/or Phoenix (PHX)
Award space was not as good out of Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) or Phoenix (PHX) as it was out of Los Angeles (LAX), but there were sporadic segments of dates where there was excellent availability out of, or to, both airports. Since Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix are both AA hubs, your chances of finding award availability from your home airport are exponentially better.
While all of the award searches I did were for space for 4, there were many dates where there was space for as many as 6! If you were only looking for 2 award seats to either Honolulu (HNL) or Kahului (OGG), then premium cabin availability was much better as well. I really would not wait on this as I have a feeling this award space will get snatched up quickly once word gets out!
Also remember that if you hold the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card or the Barclays Aviator Red card, you will receive 10% of your redeemed miles back, up to 10,000 total miles per year. That means that 4 round trip economy class tickets to Hawaii will cost you 170,000 miles instead 180,000 miles. You could save ever more if you were drawing from 2 AAdvantage accounts which each had one of those cards attached to it.
Who knows how long this award space availability is going to be this wide open, so if you have been contemplating a trip to Hawaii, I would book sooner rather than later. I really cannot remember the last time I saw this much award space available to Hawaii, so who knows how long it may be before we see something like this again.
Credit for the find: Reddit u/evarga.
Will you be redeeming your AA miles for a trip to Hawaii with this much space open?
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