Vancouver to Hawaii!

My old high school friend asked us to look up flights to Hawaii in November from Vancouver for him.

It’s good knowledge for us to have so we did some homework.

We based everything on arriving in Honolulu(update Maui too), but 2 different departures.

Best prices in November we could find

Vancouver – Honolulu – depart on a wed/thur – come back on a wed/thur (295 + 243 = 538 US = $600 or so CDN Air Canada Tango

Van – Maui – you can get 359 departures and 299 returns = 658 CDN this time Air Canada Tango

Seattle – Honolulu – depart on a mon/tues/wed -come back mon/tues/wed (259+259 = 528 US = $600 or so CDN Hawaiian Air.

Seattle – Maui – same departs, same returns (283 + 283 = 566US or about 650 CDN)

We had never checked that out before and it seems fair to us, but maybe they have flown for cheaper. I noticed Maui was about $50 more per round trip flight.

Then I checked airline rewards, because you CAN ALWAYS FLY FOR FREE!

Hawaiian miles = 40,000 total

American Airlines = 35,000 total

Avios  = 25,000 total, but way to hard to find reward space so good luck!

Aeroplan = 45,000 total

2 options I would consider with AMEX to get these flights

1. Get the AMEX Starwood Card

Sign up, get your 20,000 points after you spend $1000, so you have 21,000 points, refer your spouse for another 10,000 points and you have 31,000 which is worth 36,000 American Airlines points. Annual fee is $120.00 – Flight is $600.00 – you save $480.00

Your spouse will have 21,000 points after spend, they can refer someone and have enough points or get up to 30,000 points through spending on it regularly – may take a few months to get there either way. Annual fee is $120.00 – Flight is $600.00 – you save another $480.00

The other 2 flights need to be paid for – but that’s a savings of $960.00 through getting 1 credit card each. WHAAAATTTTT? Let me reread that. Yep you save about a thousand bucks by getting 1 card each.

2. Get the Amex Gold Rewards Card

Sign up, get your 25,000 points after you spend $500, refer your spouse and get another 10,000 points for a total of 35,500 points. Your spouse will have 25,500 after spend, they can refer someone for another 10,000 points for a total of 35,500 points.

In this scenario flying on Hawaiian Air is 40,000 points and AMEX MR points are worth the same as Hawaiian. You are both close to 40,000 points if spouse can refer someone, if not you have some spending to do. That may take a few months, maybe half a year, but you will get to 40,000 each eventually. There is no fee on this card. Your 2 flights worth $600 are free and you pay for the other 2. Savings is $1200.00 by getting 1 card each. WHAAAATT?? Yep, true again, but this way takes a little longer.

So if you know you have some bigger expenses coming up and you will spend that money quickly, go with option 2. If you don’t have big items to pay for coming up, go with option 1!

That was honestly fun!

*** As I drove home yesterday I was thinking how they could quickly get 2 more flights free. You could each get both cards, and do alot of spending on them and eventually have enough points. By November – 9 months from now there is a good chance you would both have enough ponts.

It’s not hard to do, I have an inventory of free hotels and flights waiting to be used by our family!


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