Winter is the low season in Hawaii, and I think it is the best time to visit because:
- there is more award space
- lodging is cheaper
- it’s cold where you live but still 80 degrees in Hawaii
Normally one drawback is that it is rainier in the winter months in Hawaii, but this winter should be drier because El Niño is disrupting weather patterns in the Pacific.
I took a look at United award space from several cities in the center and east of the continental United States to the four major Hawaiian Islands. This award space can be booked very cheaply with Singapore miles, only 17,500 Singapore miles each way in economy and 30,000 Singapore miles each way in First Class. (Why didn’t I look from the Western US? Because it is better to use Avios from there.)
You can get both eight days apart, meet both minimum spending requirements and have 106,000 ThankYou Points, which transfer 1:1 to Singapore miles.
Search for United award space on united.com. Do NOT sign in before searching. If you sign in, you may be shown extra award space set aside for United elites and credit card holders that Singapore cannot book. If you don’t sign in, you can book all the United Saver award space on united.com with Singapore miles.
New York to Honolulu
The exact same flights would cost 70,000 Singapore miles for two people.
Unfortunately there is almost no First Class award space. Even the days that the calendar says will have First Class award space often have “Mixed cabin” awards.
You pay the First Class price with United or Singapore miles, but only some of the flights are in First Class. That may or may not be worth booking for you. There is some legit First Class award space like this day with two First Class seats from Newark to Honolulu on a direct flight with a flat bed (which I reviewed here), but that is very rare.
Chicago to Maui
Richmond to Kauai
Houston to Kona
Some of the award space on the calendar includes interisland segments on Hawaiian Airlines. These are an extra 6,000 United miles one way.
They are not bookable at any price with Singapore miles because Singapore doesn’t partner with Hawaiian.
There is plenty of United economy award space to Hawaii this winter, which is supposed to be an exceptionally dry one.
Search for the space on united.com; note the date, cabin, and flight number of the space; transfer ThankYou Points to Singapore miles; and call Singapore to book the awards for 35,000 Singapore miles + $11 roundtrip per person. See the Guide to Booking United Flights to Hawaii with Singapore Miles for more detail on the process.
You can get both eight days apart, meet both minimum spending requirements and have 106,000 ThankYou Points, which transfer 1:1 to Singapore miles.------------------------------------------------------------
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