Award Challenge: How to Get A Trip to Hawaii For Less Than $20
Welcome to another edition of travel award. I will be heading out to Oahu for a wedding and I will show you how I booked an award travel for 1 individual for less than $20. You can duplicate this for your own award trip and it can be done from other west coast airports to Hawaii.
Outbound route: SJC – HNL (Alaska Airlines)
Inbound route: HNL – SJC (Alaska Airlines)
Hotel: Hyatt Place Waikiki (4 nights)
Airfare: Alaska Airlines
Route: SJC – HNL
Retail Cost: $644 round-trip (Expensive since this was during mid march and a non-stop flight)
Out-of-Pocket Cost: 25,000 British Airways Avios + $19.20 (Round-trip)
Points Earning: British Airways Visa Card
- Sign up Bonus: 50,000 Avios points after meeting $2,000 within 3 months.
Points Earning: Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Sign up Bonus: 40,000 Chase UR points after meeting $4,000 within 3 months + 5,000 bonus for adding an authorize user.
Points Earning: Chase Ink Plus
- Sign up Bonus: 50,000 hase UR points after meeting $5,000 within 3 months.
By getting just the British Airways card. The sign up bonus is already good enough for two round-trip flights from the west coast region. I would like to remind you again that this route doesn’t necessarily have to originate in San Jose. Since the BA avios rewards chart is a distance-based chart. It can originate anywhere in West Coast region that falls in the tier of less than 3,000 flight distance miles. Additionally, this will need to be a hub for Oneworld airlines or Alaska Airlines and has a direct flight to Hawaiii. The reason why you can’t have a connecting route here is because you’ll have to pay per segment. Some great locations you can fly directly from the west coast are Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
You may notice when trying to book most of these flights that you don’t see availability on British Airways. The reason why is because a majority of them will need to fly on Alaska Airline. Which is a partner airline of British Airways. So you will need to search availability on Alaska Air website then call British Airways and book the flight over the phone.
Hotel: Hyatt Place Waikiki
Retail Cost: $940 ($235 per night)
Out-of-Pocket Cost: 48,000 Hyatt Points (12,000 per night)
Points Earning: Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP)
- Sign up Bonus: 40,000 sign-up bonus after meeting $4,000 within 3 months + 5,000 bonus for adding an authorize user
Points Earning: Chase Ink Plus
- Ink Plus – 50,000 sign-up bonus after meeting $5,000 within 3 months.
You don’t necessarily have to choose Hyatt Place. There are other hotels such as the Hyatt Regency Waikiki (20,000 points a night), JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa (40,000 points per night), Marriott Courtyard Waikiki Beach (35,000 points per night). However, the Hyatt Place you get to stretch your points so you can have more nights to stay. It all depends on your preference. I personally would rather stretch my points out since I rarely will be staying in the hotel anyways.
Grand Total Retail Cost: $1,584 ($644 Airfare, $940 Hotel)
Out-of-Pocket Cost: 25,000 BA Avios + 48,000 Chase UR Points + $19.20 cash
Savings: Over $1,564!
Let me know if you have a travel destination in mind and would like me to do an award challenge to see what is your best and cheapest options on getting there.