Man Uses Points to Fly 33 Family Members to Hawaii

Most of us don’t have 33 people we like enough to use all our
hard-earned points on, let alone 33 family members. The same
can’t be said for Sam Pratt, who
recently
treated himself and 33 of his closest relatives to a
weeklong vacation in Hawaii, courtesy of a million Southwest
points.

We’ve
written
before about Southwest’s new routings to Hawaii,
which
began
earlier this year and acted as a disrupter to decadeslong
strangleholds on flight prices. With round-trip tickets going for
under $200 (or
$49 each way, if you’re lucky
), Southwest has put some
serious pressure on competing airlines.

With such astonishingly low fares, it makes sense that Sam could
fly out his entire family: Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program is
revenue based, meaning the amount of points required to buy a
ticket is dependent on the fare cost itself. As a $49 ticket would
cost just 1,950 points (plus $5.60) in taxes, a million points is
going to get you a long way.

But if you don’t want to fly Southwest, or can’t find any
dates that work for you, don’t despair. There are tons
of different options you could use:

Option 1: Spend 12,500 Citi ThankYou Points For First Class, Each
Way

As we wrote
about a couple months ago, Turkish Airways has recently re-classed
Hawaii as part of North America instead of Oceania. As Turkish
charges just 7,500 miles for a one-way economy ticket
anywhere within a single country, this means you can fly from New
York to Honolulu on a flight for 15,000 miles round-trip in
economy, or 25,000 round-trip in first class. Citi is a transfer
partner of Turkish Airways at a 1:1 ratio, making this
an incredible use of Citi ThankYou points.

TPG staffer Richard Kerr
tested
this, successfully booking his flight by calling Turkish
direct and putting a hold on his award flight. In comparison,
United charges 40,000 miles for this same flight:

Option 2: Redeem 25,000 Points Roundtrip With Singapore Krisflyer

Singapore Airlines is a transfer partner of American Express,
Chase, Citi, and Marriott, so it’s easy to stack up on points.
Interestingly, Singapore is partnered with Alaska to offer some of
the
cheapest flights
west of the Mississippi (sorry, East Coast) on
miles:

West Coast to Hawaii (Alaska Airlines):

  • Economy: 24,000 miles
  • First Class: 89,000 miles

Rocky Mountain states to Hawaii (Alaska
Airlines):

  • Economy: 23,000 miles
  • First Class: 84,000 miles

Midwest to Hawaii (Alaska Airlines):

  • Economy: 25,000 miles
  • First Class: 93,000 miles

Note that while economy seats are cheap, first class will run
you an absolute fortune, so stick with coach.

Option 3: Use 25,000 Korean SKYPASS Points For Roundtrip Economy

A part of SkyTeam, Korean Airlines will let you book seats on
its partner, Delta,
for just 25,000 miles round-trip. This is consistently one of the
cheapest ways to get to Hawaii, as it’ll cost you just 25k from
anywhere in the continental US.

Photo
by Melanie Lieberman/The Points Guy

You can also redeem 45,000 miles for first class tickets, which
is significantly better than the 89k Singapore will attempt to
charge you.

Unfortunately, it’s a bit difficult to acquire SKYPASS miles,
as Korean is only a transfer partner of Marriott. While you can
transfer both American Express Membership Rewards and Chase
Ultimate Rewards to Marriott, the ratio is 1:1, making this a
dismal use of points for either currency. Still, if you have a lot
of Marriott points hanging around, Marriott will
grant you
an extra 5,000 miles for every 60k points you
transfer, which is a pretty nice bonus.

Conclusion

Though you may not have a million Southwest points like Sam
sitting around, there are still plenty of ways you can get you and
(all) your family to Hawaii, with tons of great options to choose
from.

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Man Uses Points to Fly 33 Family Members to Hawaii