FARE ALERT: Los Angeles – Honolulu – $381 Round Trip

$381 round trip is a good deal between Los Angeles (LAX) and Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL).

Several airlines are competing right now – United, Delta, American, and Hawaiin.

Not a good fare for mileage runners (7.5CPM), but just a good fare to Hawaii!

  • Fare is good through May 16, 2014
  • No advance purchase required
  • No minimum stay required
  • Maximum stay is 60 days

How To Find The Fares

I found these flights using ITA Matrix monthly search.

Once you have your dates, enter them into Hipmunk and it will link you to usairways.com where you can finish booking. You can always go directly to each airline’s web site but I always find Hipmunk easier to work with.

Hat tip to qmiles321 on Flyer Talk.

LAX-HNL Feb

LAX-HNL Feb

LAX-HNL March

LAX-HNL March

LAX-HNL April

LAX-HNL April

LAX-HNL May

LAX-HNL May

 

The New Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard

Happy new year to Hawaiian Airlines & Barclaycard! Thanks to lapointsguy on this Flyer Talk thread for pointing out some brand new Hawaiian Airlines credit card offers.

The New Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard

  • 35,000 miles when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days.
  • Earn 2X miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn 1X miles on all other purchases
  • Discounted award travel
  • ShareMiles allows you to receive HawaiianMiles from family and friends online
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 50% off companion coach full fare between Hawaii & North America
  • Complimentary checked bag on Hawaiian Airlines
  • $100 companion discount every card anniversary
  • 5,000 bonus miles every year you spend $10,000 or more
  • $89 annual fee

Note, there is also a Business version of this card. The main differences are as follows:

  • 35,000 bonus miles with first purchase
  • You’ll earn 20,000 bonus miles on your account anniversary with $50K-$99K in annual spend, or 40,000 bonus miles with $100K or more in annual spend.

Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard

I’ve bolded what I consider the most important benefits of the card. The signup mileage bonus, anniversary bonus when hitting $10K spend, and no foreign transaction fees are self-explanatory and great.

Also, from the picture above, it seems to be an EMV-enabled card which will be very handy for Europe and other destinations. No word on if it’s the better Chip & PIN or the Chip & Signature like the recent Chase Sapphire Preferred.

I’m more interested in the less obvious benefits.

Discounted Flight Awards

From the Terms & Conditions, they don’t make it very clear:

  • You are eligible to receive a discount on flight awards for travel on Hawaiian Airlines
  • Discounted flight awards are only accessible through the Primary Cardmember’s HawaiianMiles account online at HawaiianAirlines.com.

I’ll update this post once further clarification is made, but any discount on award travel is always welcome.

HawaiianMiles ShareMiles

This is perhaps the most intriguing part of these new HA credit cards. Here are the terms listed under ShareMiles in the T&C:

  • You must have a current email address on file within your HawaiianMiles account to receive Miles transferred with the ShareMiles program.
  • Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard Cardmembers may receive miles transferred from friends and family up to a maximum of ten (10) times per calendar year.
  • The Miles transferer must be a current HawaiianMiles account holder and may perform an unlimited amount of transfer transactions using the ShareMiles program.
  • There are no transaction fees for Miles transfers, no charges per mile, or no minimum or maximum number of Miles transferred for cardmembers.
  • Full terms and conditions for the sharing of HawaiianMiles are available at HawaiianAirlines.com/HawaiianMiles/terms-and-conditions/.

From what I’ve made bold above, the primary Hawaiian Airlines MasterCard cardmember can effectively be a free pool for all “friends & family.” HA has not yet clarified what they will consider friends & family.

This is obviously limited to 10 transfers a year but consider this example:

Your family of four takes a yearly trip to Hawaii from New York. That’s about 10K miles earned from flying for each family member.

If you are the cardmember, the other three can transfer their 10K miles to you. You (and your family) now have 40K miles in your one account instead of 10K miles spread across four accounts.

According to the HA award chart, 40K is enough for a round trip coach award between North America and Hawaii.

Essentially, your initial family trip just earned one free flight. You now only have to buy three tickets the next time you fly to Hawaii!

I think that’s an amazing perk and it’s really drawing me to the card.

In fact, Joann and I might apply for both the personal & business versions of this card on our next round of credit card applications. That would really bump up our balances, combining to over 140,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles!

Hawaiian Airlines logo

Hawaiian Mileage Run: Conclusion

TRIP INDEX

As we drove home, we couldn’t help but wish the rest of our #questforEXP would be just as fun and easy. If all it took were mileage runs to Hawaii, we could do this every week!

So far, only L.A. and San Jose are booked mileage runs. I just hope Hawaiian Airlines makes fares interesting once again this winter and American will come to play.

Overall, the first 1/3 of our push to 30,000 miles went perfectly.

The flights were smooth. The food was delicious. And you can’t ask for better scenery or a better partner in hustle! 😀

As usual, just about all the photo credits go to Joann on this trip. Maybe I’ll get some shots on the next one – plane spotting at LAX In ‘N Out?

I hope you enjoyed the live trip report. I definitely enjoyed doing it for a trip this length and some readers already mentioned they liked it as well.

Stay tuned for the trip by checking out my Trip Reports page. It’s going to be a busy last quarter of the year for flying!

Aloha HNL

Hawaiian Mileage Run: Ono Grinds

TRIP INDEX

One of the best parts of Hawaii… fine, one of the best parts of ANY trip is the food, also known as ono grinds (“delicious food”). Since this was our fifth time to Oahu, we were pretty well versed in the food offerings on the island.

There are a few staples that we MUST have whenever we come to Oahu – L & L, Rainbow Drive In, Side Street Inn, the North Shore shrimp trucks. Simple food but classically Hawaiian stuff.

Everyone loves food pictures (well at least I do) so this is just a post of da grinds we had on our quick trip.

Joann and I happily recommend each one of the dishes/places that gets a post here!

Shio Ramen - Ramen Nakamura

Shio Ramen – Ramen Nakamura

Spam & Eggs - Eggs 'N Things

Spam & Eggs – Eggs ‘N Things

Macadamia Nut Pancakes - Eggs 'N Things

Macadamia Nut Pancakes – Eggs ‘N Things

Chili & Loco Moco Plate Lunch - Rainbow Drive In

Chili & Loco Moco Plate Lunch – Rainbow Drive In

Kalua Pork Plate - Kono's

Kalua Pork Plate – Kono’s

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

Romy's Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp!

Romy’s Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp!

Spicy Chicken - Side Street Inn

Spicy Chicken – Side Street Inn

Fried Rice - Side Street Inn

Fried Rice – Side Street Inn

Pork Chops - Side Street Inn

Pork Chops – Side Street Inn

Loco Moco / Tasty Chicken Plate - The Alley

Loco Moco / Tasty Chicken Plate – The Alley

Ox Tail Soup - The Alley

Ox Tail Soup – The Alley

Ted's Bakery

Ted’s Bakery

Lemon Crunch Cake - The Alley

Lemon Crunch Cake – The Alley

Hawaiian Mileage Run: American Airlines Economy Class HNL-DFW & DFW-LGA

TRIP INDEX

HNL (Honolulu) – DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth)
AA 102
9/14/13
Depart (Scheduled/Actual): 6:50p/6:57p
Arrive (Scheduled/Actual): 7:05a/6:58a
Economy Class
Boeing 767-300
Seats 41A, 41B

Well, here we were at the very back of this old plane. The upgrades hadn’t cleared and we were a bit saddened and a lot more cramped. Our seats in 41A & 41B, according to SeatGuru, weren’t great but we found them to be pretty good. No one behind us to worry about reclining into and the lavatory wasn’t bothersome at all.

The 7 hour flight was long but thanks to being prepared with movies, we managed. Movie, sleep. Rinse & repeat.

The flight attendant crew was very cheery during their drink service. We bought a roast beef sandwich from the Buy On Board menu. It was $10 but by using my Citi AA card, I’ll receive a 25% rebate.

Roast Beef Sandwich

Roast Beef Sandwich

Flight Attendant's Galaxy Note

Flight Attendant’s Galaxy Note

We landed a few minutes early and got off the plane within a few minutes. Not bad considering how many people were in front of us.

Joann and I went straight for the Skylink to transfer terminals and get in line for some Starbucks breakfast. After a 7 hour redeye and only a sandwich and some chips, I was starving.

DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) – LGA (New York)
AA 1110
9/15/13
Depart (Scheduled/Actual): 8:35a/8:37a
Arrive (Scheduled/Actual): 12:43p/12:45p
Economy Class
Boeing 767-300
Seats 20A, 20B

Boarding this flight was very quick because it wasn’t close to being full. I barely saw a middle seat occupied. I guess most Dallas-based business travelers don’t like traveling to NYC early Sunday morning. 

Our last leg was uneventful and I was fine with it. I caught up on this trip report and then caught some shuteye until we landed.

As soon as we landed, I called The Parking Spot at LGA and they sent the shuttle right away. It was waiting for us by the time we exited the baggage claim area. I highly recommend their service, but I’ll save it for another post.

From there, it was time to drive home through NYC, find some real grub, watch some football, and relax for the upcoming week.