SEA-HNL 25K Avios?

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  1. rodeojones

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    I have read in blogs and message board posts that the best rates from the west coast to Hawaii are based out of the Bay area and LAX. Yet when I use the BA Avios calculator, is shows 25k Avios SEA-HNL.

    I am planning a trip from SEA-HNL and would love to book a flight on AA utilizing Avios but wanted to clarify I am not missing something when using this calculator.
     
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    It would be 25K return on the AS non-stop flight. If you are flying on AA metal you'll have to connect via LAX and it will be 40K points return.
     
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    What if I used AS to fly both legs out of Seattle. Could I get the 25k r/t rate? I guess I am confused on why the BA site says SEA-HNL is 25k Avios.
     
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    They do!! They also fly SEA-LIH which is still under 3000 miles which in my very limited knowledge, keeps the Avios rate at 25k. I'm actually spending a week in Kauai and most interested in the SEA-LIH route.
     
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    I just looked and it says 12.5 ... so RT is 25k.

    But I think you have to call in to book A/S Flights as AS is not bookable online even though there is space.
     
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    I had heard the same, thanks for confirming!
     
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    From http://www.wandr.me/Avios-Calculator.aspx:

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    From	 To	 via	 Ptnr?	 F	 C	 W	 Y
    SEA	 HNL	 ---	 Yes	 37500	 25000		 12500
    SEA	 HNL	 LAX	 Yes	 60000	 40000		 20000
    SEA	 HNL	 OAK	 Yes	 60000	 40000		 20000
    SEA	 HNL	 SAN	 Yes	 60000	 40000		 20000
    SEA	 HNL	 SJC	 Yes	 60000	 40000		 20000
    SEA	 HNL	 ANC	 Yes	 67500	 45000		 22500
    SEA	 HNL	 DFW	 Yes	 90000	 60000		 30000
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    From	 To	 via	 Ptnr?	 F	 C	 W	 Y
    SEA	 LIH	 ---	 Yes	 37500	 25000		 12500
    SEA	 LIH	 LAX	 Yes	 60000	 40000		 20000
    SEA	 LIH	 OAK	 Yes	 60000	 40000		 20000
    SEA	 LIH	 SJC	 Yes	 60000	 40000		 20000
    SEA	 LIH	 ???	 Multi	 105000	 70000		 35000
    
    All rates are one-way.
     
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    Awesome....

    If I am doing my math correctly, by flying AS SEA-LIH (vs using AA to HNL), I am saving 30,000 UR points and the roughly $250.00 for two tix on HA from HNL-LIH. AS has much more award availability then AA does as an added bonus. The only draw back is all the Y seats on AS require at least one over night stay on one of the legs which most being on the return trip home.

    This is my prep for my first award booking ever. Much of this is probably common sense but to a noob like me it's fun learning all this stuff!

    Am I missing anything here? I'm getting ready to transfer the 50K UR points to BA and call them to book the AS flight.
     
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    A couple things:
    1) The BA Executive Club is offline this weekend AFAIK so you might not be able to do it today.
    2) If you have a connection then you pay more miles. So if you're not flying on the AS non-stop flight expect to pay more.
    3) I'm pretty sure that the Chase->BA transfer is instant when the systems are online so I'd make sure that BA sees the award seats before making the transfer. You should be able to just push the points in to the account while on the phone with them.
     
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    I see what your talking about via your graph...good to know.
     
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    Most people ignore us up in SEA, so the fact you came across it and it wasn't mentioned is just an omission on the part of other people. But Wandering Aramean is right, you have to make sure it's nonstop. Fortunately, SEA is the AS hub, and it operates lots of direct flights to every major Hawaiian Island, not just HNL.
     
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    When looking at AS flights, I see two types under "Coach". 1. Super Saver, 40,000 points which have stop overs and 2. Choice, 55,000 points and direct. Am I understanding that I can book the direct "Choice" flights for 25k Avios? I have yet to find any direct "Super Saver" awards.

    Thanks.
     
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    Nope. You can only book the lowest tier awards on AS metal with Avios.
     
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    Thank you sir....
     
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    Another option is to book BLI-HNL (Bellingham, about a 100 mile bus ride north of SEA- BLI is essentially an LCC airport for Vancouver that saves a bunch of US and Canadian taxes out of flying out of YVR). BLI has significantly more Super Saver than SEA. It does not serve LIH, but it does serve HNL and OGG (seasonally).

    Another alternate is bussing/train down to Portland (PDX). This is 3-4 hours. PDX has HNL and LIH (seasonal) service.
     

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