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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – United MileagePlus Explorer Card

United is back with a new award sale, this time to Hawaii. You can fly the carrier from as little as 36,000 United miles round-trip from the mainland US to the Hawaiian Islands.

Right now, the sale is only open to United premier members and United MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card holders. It opens to everyone else Wednesday (March 14). You’ll have to act fast because tickets need to be booked by March 14 at 11:59pm CT.

Marked down award flights are available from April 8 through May 20, and you’ll have to book a round-trip itinerary to qualify for the discount.  Even better, there are no blackout dates so you’ll be able to grab a discounted ticket on any of the days — pending you can find availability (which we didn’t have a problem with in any of our searches).

Flights from the mainland US to Hawaii typically cost 22,500 miles one-way or 45,000 miles round-trip in economy. With the sale, you’ll pay 36,000 miles plus $11.20 in taxes for the round-trip economy flight. Only economy seats are on sale, so you won’t be able to save on business or first class.

We are seeing great availability (probably because I’m a United cardholder, which opens up expanded saver award space), even on nonstops from Newark (EWR) to Honolulu (HNL) — that’s a 10 hour flight, which is currently selling for $892 round-trip.   

On that flight, you’re getting about 2.5 cents per mile in value, which is a whole lot higher then the TPG valuations of 1.4 cents.

Here are a few other examples of what you can book:

Washington DC (IAD) to Honolulu (HNL):

Los Angles (LAX) to Kahului, Maui (OGG):

Chicago (ORD) to Lihue, Kauai (LIH): 

While you won’t have the miles before the sale is over, the United MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card is currently offering a 40,000-mile signup bonus after spending $2,000 in the first three months.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points into your United account, too. Both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Chase Sapphire Preferred are offering a 50,000-point signup bonus after spending $4,000 in the first three months.

If you don’t have United miles you can also book through Korean Air SkyPass, Virgin Atlantic or Flying Blue — some of which require less miles than United.

H/T: Live and Let’s Fly

Featured image by JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images.

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
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