I am currently trying to book my first award ticket and finding nothing at this point for my destination of choice and airlines of choice. I am curious to know what is considered normal for award availibity not just for my time and destination but award travel in general. I am trying to take advantage of the value Avios offers if you travel from the west coast to Hawaii. From what I have learned, the value lies in non stop flights and if there are transfers, you don't really save much. I live in Seattle and it appears that the only airline that flys non stop to Hawaii is AS. AA advertises non stop flights but I have been unable to find any. Target dates for my wife and I are July 1 - August 31 and length of time would be one 5-7 days. Using the Expertflyer app, I have searched every date and have yet to find a direct flight with two seats available that has a return flight within a 5-7 day period. In that two month span, I may have only found 3-4 flights total with any available seats but none that I could put together for a trip. AS offers three direct flights daily to SEA-HNL and two (I think) from HNL-SEA. Is it normal for flights 7-8 months out to have to have no low level awards showing? Am I seeing little availabiltiy due to traveling to Hawaii during peak season or is this common and I can expect more seats to come available? I realize I am limiting myself by only non stop flights on AS and this is partly my problem. Bottom line, I am not sure if I should book via AA for approx 80,000 AA points now, or hold out for two direct flights on AS for a total of 50,000 Avios. I am trying to pay for the flights strictly with UR points except for the puddle jumper from HNL-LIH which I will pay cash for. What are your thoughts on my trip specifically but also low level award travel in general?