Hainan Airlines is a new partner of Alaska Airlines, and their flights are now bookable on alaskaair.com. Their award chart is dirt cheap.
That’s right, 50,000 miles one way in a flat bed for over 13 hours, with connections all over Asia. The only other deal that can compare is using Alaska miles to book Cathay Pacific flights for the same amount of miles and a little less out of pocket expenses (Hainan charges mild fuel surcharges– about $140 per one way). But award space on Cathay Pacific can be scarce unless it’s eleven months out or a week before, and Hainan award space is wide open at the moment. If you wanna see the scope of what you can book for that price, look for the countries in Asia on Hainan Airlines destinations wikipedia page.
So there’s that.
And the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months. Just from the sign-up bonus, the spending it requires to meet it, and then spending $500 more you will accrue at least 80,000 Hilton HHonors points.
And there’s that.
Combine those two deals and you get a very cheap award to Asia (potentially in Business Class with a flat bed), and free accommodation while you’re there.
How to get to Asia in a flat bed for 50,000 miles and stay for free while you’re there…
- Step 1: Get the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
- Step 2: Research where you want to go in Asia where Hainan flies and there are Hilton Hotels
- Step 3: Meet the minimum spending requirement for the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
- Step 4: Accumulate Alaska Airlines miles by opening the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card as well as the Alaska Airlines Visa® Business Card
- Step 5: Book your Alaska Airlines award flying Hainan
- Step 6: Book your Hilton hotels
Step 1: Get the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card.
Step 2: Research the city in Asia you want to visit that Hainan flies to that also has Hiltons.
I did some of the research for you assuming you have 80,000 Hilton HHonors point to work with. These are some of the best deals I’ve found in cities where Hainan flies in Asia. There are probably more. Please let us know in the comments section if you find any.
Category 1 hotels – 5,000 points a night, but the fifth night free for Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Cardholders, so you could potentially book up to 20 nights for free
- Double Tree by Hilton Shenyang in Shenyang, China
Category 2 hotels – 10,000 points a night, but the fifth night free for Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Cardholders, so you could potentially book up to 10 nights for free.
- Double Tree by Hilton Beijing in Beijing, China
- Hilton Heifi in Heifi, China
- Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi in Hanoi, Vietnam
Category 3 hotels – cost 20,000 points a night, but the fifth night free for Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Cardholders, so you could potentially book up to 5 nights for free.
- Hilton Chongqing in Chongquing, China
- Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Chongqing Wanzhou in Chongquing, China
- Hilton Shijiazhuang in Shijiazhuang, China
- Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Xiamen Wuyuan Bay in Xiamen, China
- Hilton Haikou Meilan in Haikou, China
- Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Guangzhou in Guangzhou, China
- Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand
- While you might not want to stay out at the Narita airport in Tokyo for five nights, the Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport hotel is a Category 3 hotel and costs 20,000 points a night. It could be useful for an overnights after a flight or before a flight out of Tokyo Narita.
Category 5 hotel – 30,000 points per night. Pricey, but it could be used for two nights of a trip compounded with other cheaper hotels. It’s a beautiful property.
Step 3: Meet the Minimum Spending Requirement for the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card.
Spend $2,000 within three months of the account opening and you’ll get 75,000 bonus points. As you get at least two points per dollar on everyday spending (three points for every dollar spent at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations, and six points for every dollar spent at a Hilton) you’ll accrue at least another 4,000 points just from meeting the minimum spending requirement. The most you would have to spend to get to 80,000 points is $500 more, and then you would have enough points to book 20 free nights in a Hilton Category 1 hotel, 10 free nights in Category 2 Hiltons, or 5 free nights in Category 3 Hiltons.
Step 4: Accumulate Alaska Airlines miles by opening the Alaska Airlines Cards.
The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card earns 30,000 miles for spending $1,000 within three months of opening the account.
While I can not directly link to the current Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card offer, you may find it by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)
The Alaska Airlines Visa® Business Card also earns 30,000 miles for spending $1,000 within three months of opening the account.
You would earn 62,000 Alaska miles for signing up for both, which is enough for a roundtrip for one person in economy to everywhere Hainan flies in Asia. Or you could use 50,000 miles to fly one way in flat bed Business Class and use another type of miles to get home (like 80,000 Korean miles in Korean Airlines First Class).
Starpoints also transfer 1:1 to Alaska miles with 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.
Step 5: Book your Alaska Airlines Award flying Hainan.
Hainan’s award space is excellent for two passengers on many flights, but it’s still better to book airline awards before hotel awards since hotel awards aren’t as restrictive with availability. Airline awards are capacity controlled while hotel loyalty programs will you give you the last room available.
Step 6: Book your Hilton hotels with your Hilton HHonors Points.
And pat yourself on the back for being truly resourceful.
Hainan is a new redeemable partner of Alaska Airlines, whose miles are easy to collect since the cards that earn them have low minimum spending requirements (and are still churnable). You can fly from the United States to all over Asia for 60,000 Alaska Airlines miles roundtrip in Economy or 100,000 Alaska Airlines miles roundtrip in Business Class, with a flat bed.
If you open the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card you will get 80,000 points from meeting the sign-up bonus and spending $500 more, and then you can book 20 free nights in a Hilton Category 1 hotel, 10 free nights in Category 2 Hiltons, or 5 free nights in Category 3 Hiltons for your trip to Asia.------------------------------------------------------------
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