Here’s how we did it:
Step One: Meet Your New Friend Avios
Here’s a little known fact I absolutely love: British Airway has a miles program called Avios that uses distance instead of price to set flight mileage fairs.
Why does that matter? Because a round trip to Hawaii from LA, SF, Portland, Seattle, or San Diego is usually super expensive, costing well over $600 or 40,000 miles with many airlines.
But with Avios, a West Coast to Hawaii round trip simply falls within their 2,000-3,000 miles bracket, and only costs you 25,000 miles!
So when you’re laying out on the beach, you and your wallet will be able to relax.
Step Two: Determine How You’ll Stack Those Avios
If you don’t have any of those points, Chase currently offers 50,000 points to anyone opening a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve credit card, which, if you’re doing the math, is enough for two round trip flights to Hawaii! British Airways also has their own rewards card and there are a plethora of Amex cards to choose from.
A couple quick caveats on following this credit card path:
If you’re all set with those caveats, proceed towards your getaway!
Step Three: Choose Your Flight
There are two types of flights you can book to Hawaii for just 12,500 Avios each way (25,000 round trip):
So jump onto American Airlines’ website, and figure out the best flight for you!
Step Four: Make it Rain with Your Avios
Stay on the lookout for transfer bonuses as well. Typically Chase or Amex points will transfer 1:1 to Avios, but we landed a 40% transfer bonus, which meant we only needed to 18,000 Amex points per round trip!! These aren’t always available, but when they show up on the Chase/Amex portal, and you’ll know it’s an especially great time to book!