California flyers — now is a great time to book a winter trip to Hawaii using your Alaska Airlines miles. With many dates from the Bay Area and Los Angeles at 12,500 miles one-way, you can’t go wrong.
Various dates available from January to early March. I would book ASAP since Alaska Airlines allows tickets to be cancelled with no penalty more than 60 days before departure. If you book a late February flight, you’ll have until late December to cancel!
Here is the text from Alaska: “Change/cancellation fees are waived for when change/cancellation is made at least 60 days before travel.”
San Jose, CA
There are plenty of dates JAN – MAR to Maui (OGG) and Kona (KOA)
Availability is better in January and February, but a Friday in March is amazing at this rate! If you book the flight on March 2nd, you’ll be able to cancel without penalty before New Years. That gives you plenty of time to make other plans and find the best return flight. You can also use 7,000 United miles to catch flights between the islands on Hawaiian Air.
You can find Virgin America availability out of Los Angeles. As you may have heard, Alaska and Virgin America have merged, that means you can use your Alaska miles for either carrier.
Book these while you can, they don’t get any cheaper than this if you are redeeming miles. Oddly enough, I was searching for Hawaii award flights from San Francisco and didn’t see any of the 12.5k mile deals, just 15k. When searching again I accidentally selected “Bay Area” instead of “SFO” which yielded results for Oakland and San Jose. That showed me some of the 12.5k flights. These are typically 17,500 miles one-way meaning you’ll save nearly 30% of your miles!