In all my years of flying to Hawaii and via Hawaii, I’ve never flown Hawaiian Airlines between the Mainland and Hawaii. That changes today.
I’m off to Hawaii for a very quick trip and chose Hawaiian for the outbound journey. Just like I tried Delta during my last Hawaiian trip, I always enjoy trying new products when I can.
While not as long as a flight between Honolulu and Asia or Australia, the six-hour flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu will give me a great introduction to Hawaiian’s relatively new A330 business class. I’m looking forward to warm Hawaiian hospitality, and of course a Mai Tai.
The ticket was $500, which equates to 50,000 American Express Membership Rewards points. But since I burned them via my Business Platinum account, I will receive a 35% rebate, meaning the trip will actually cost 32,500 miles. That’s not too bad for a six-hour flight that will also earn miles and elite credit. I don’t like spending cash unless I have to.
More and more I am seeing value in booking “cheap” business class tickets with American Express Business Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve directly versus transferring to a loyalty program. Hawaiian had the space available via its own HawaiianMiles loyalty program for 40,000 miles (saver), but being a redemption ticket would have meant no mileage earning. I also would have had to pay a federal excise tax on the mileage transfer and taxes on the ticket. It just made more sense to use AMEX points for this ticket.
I’ll have thoughts on the flight tomorrow…
Anything I should be looking out for when I fly Hawaiian? It really will be my first time.