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Last week, United began offering discounted economy awards to South America. This week, the airline rolled out yet another MileagePlus award sale; this time to Hawaii. United normally charges 22,500 miles each way for economy flights between the mainland US and Hawaii, but with this promo, you can save 20% and book round-trip economy awards for 36,000 miles. The details are as follows:

  • Saver Award discount applies for travel on Monday-Thursday only.
  • Book by 11:59 pm CST on April 19, 2015.
  • Offer is valid for travel beginning on or after April 14, 2015, and completed on or before May 19, 2015.
  • Discount only valid for round-trip travel in economy between the US or Canada and Hawaii.

One-way travel is still priced at regular levels, so you’ll only get the 20% discount if you fly round-trip. However, as long as your itinerary is round-trip, even if one segment prices out at a higher Standard level, the Saver level portion of your ticket will still be at the discounted rate. That’s good news if you’re thinking of booking one of these awards, but your entire trip doesn’t fall within the promotional dates. Existing award reservations may be reissued upon request at the lower levels, but will be subject to award change policies and fees.

I priced out a sample itinerary from Chicago to Maui in April, and sure enough, it’s going for 36,000 miles and $11.20 in taxes and fees round-trip.

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As promised, this United itinerary prices out at 36,000 miles and $11.20.

Even with the promo, United isn’t the cheapest option for getting to Hawaii. Both Singapore Airlines and Korean Air offer great transfer options that will get you to Hawaii with fewer points or miles than this United promo. Korean only requires 25,000 points round-trip, as do British Airways distance-based awards on Alaska Airlines if you’re flying from the West Coast.

If you don’t have enough points to reach Hawaii, check out Jason Steele’s post on credit card combos that can get you there faster than you might think.

Bottom Line

While I’m not blown away by a 20% discount on these awards, if you were thinking of booking a United economy award to Hawaii anyway, you might as well save the 9,000 miles.

Do you plan to take advantage of this discount?

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