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Deal alert: Book tickets to Hawaii this fall for 10,000 Amex points with widespread availability

April 13, 2022
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With the end of the Hawaii Safe Travels COVID-19 QR code system, travel to Hawaii has become much easier. And if you've got American Express Membership Rewards points burning a hole in your pocket, getting there will be less costly.

With the current 40% bonus on transferring American Express points to British Airways Executive Club, you can use just 10,000 Membership Rewards points and $5.60 to book a nonstop flight from the West Coast to Hawaii on American Airlines or Alaska Airlines. Depending on your itinerary, you can get as much as 2.9 cents in value per Amex point, which is well above what TPG values them at.

There's currently fairly widespread award space for travel this fall out of major airports like Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) to and from Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport (OGG), Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) and Lihue Airport (LIH).

Let’s take a closer look at the availability and how to book it.

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You can use BA Avios on Oneworld partner airlines like American and Alaska. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The deal

Airlines: American Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
Routes: Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Anchorage, Alaska; San Jose, California; Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego; and Phoenix to/from Honolulu; Kahului, Maui; Kailua-Kona, Big Island; and Lihue, Kauai.
Cost: 13,000 British Airways Avios in economy (or 10,000 Amex points transferred to British Airways).
Dates: August-December.
How to book: Through British Airways Executive Club.
Pay taxes and fees with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on air travel), American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel).

Related: On which airlines can I use Avios?

Sample itineraries

Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona on American Airlines: 2.5 cents per Membership Rewards point

Anchorage to Honolulu on Alaska Airlines: 2.9 cents per Membership Rewards point

Phoenix to Lihue on American Airlines: 2.3 cents per Membership Rewards point

San Diego to Kahului on Alaska Airlines: 2.3 cents per Membership Rewards point

How to book

As mentioned, American Express and British Airways are running a promotion where you can earn a 40% bonus when converting Amex points to British Airways Avios. There is widespread availability throughout the fall from West Coast cities on nonstop flights for 13,000 Avios in economy class on both American and Alaska.

To transfer your American Express points to British Airways, you will need to log in and go to the "Rewards & Benefits" tab. From there, select "Earn and Redeem" and then "Transfer Points."

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When you see the list of transfer partners, select "British Airways Executive Club," and you will see the transfer bonus offer and terms.

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You can then enter your British Airways Executive Club membership number at this stage. If you don't already have a membership number with BA, you can sign up for free here.

The one-way airfare to Hawaii is 13,000 Avios. When converting points to Avios, it has to be in increments of 1,000. So 9,000 Membership Rewards points with the 40% bonus equate to 12,600 Avios, while 10,000 Membership Rewards points equate to 14,000 Avios.

If you're booking a one-way flight to Hawaii, transfer 10,000 Membership Rewards points (14,000 Avios), and if you're booking a round-trip flight to Hawaii, transfer 19,000 Membership Rewards points (26,600 Avios).

Related: The ultimate guide to Amex Membership Rewards

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In theory, after selecting "Confirm & Transfer Points," you should receive your Avios immediately; however, when I transferred some Amex points to BA last week, it took about five hours to receive my points in my BA account.

Once you receive your points, you can book your flight with Avios on the BA website by going to this webpage.

Related: Book this, not that: Getting the most from your hotel points in Maui

Maximize your purchase

Make sure to pay award taxes and fees with a card that earns bonus points on airfare and offers travel protections. Some cards that fit the bill include The Platinum Card from American Express, Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

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  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
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    The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.

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  • Annual Fee

    $695
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Good, Excellent

Why We Chose It

It's hard to find a card that competes with the mile-long list of benefits that come with the Amex Business Platinum. While it's certainly not the card for the average consumer, a business owner with tons of expenses -- especially related to travel -- will find this card incredibly valuable. This card is similar to the consumer version that Amex offers, but with more business-oriented perks around statement credits and earning rates that are a better fit for business owners.

Pros

  • An up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee every four to five years
  • Up to $400 annual credit for eligible U.S. Dell purchases (enrollment required)
  • Gold status at Marriott and Hilton hotels (enrollment required)
  • Access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Hotel Collection
  • Extended warranty protection
  • International Airline Program and Cruise Privileges Program

Cons

  • Steep annual fee
  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
  • Unlock over $1,000 in annual statement credits on a curation of business purchases, including select purchases made with Dell Technologies, Indeed, Adobe, and U.S. wireless service providers.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year for checked baggage fees, lounge day passes, and more at one selected airline.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at more than 50 U.S. airports and stadiums.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more lounge location options than any other credit card on the market as of 9/2021.
  • $695 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.