Today Only: United Awards to Hawaii From Just 25k Round-Trip

Aug 27, 2019

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Planning a trip to Hawaii this fall? If not, it might be time to reconsider! United just launched its latest award flash sale, and it’s pretty exceptional.

Today only, August 27, (through 11:59pm local time at your originating airport), MileagePlus members can book United economy flights between the US mainland and Canada and the following airports at a significantly discounted rate:

  • Hilo (ITO)
  • Honolulu (HNL)
  • Kona (KOA)
  • Lihue-Kauai (LIH)
  • Maui (OGG)

Travel must begin on or after September 9, 2019 and be completed on or before December 15, 2019. You need to book a round-trip ticket, but you can combine saver and Everyday Awards, in which case a pro-rated discount will apply to the saver portion of your itinerary.

Just as in the past, flyers are eligible for a variable discount, depending on both status level and whether or not you hold a co-branded credit card, such as United Explorer Card. This time around, rates start at just 25,000 miles round-trip — worth about $325 based on our valuations — and go up to 37k, down from the usual 45,000-mile round-trip rate:

I’m a Premier 1K member and I have a United Explorer Card attached to my account, so I’m eligible for the full discount — reflected when I searched both on and via the airline’s app.

You need to find saver award space in order to be eligible for the discount, but there’s exceptional availability in the expanded “XN” fare class, accessible to all cardholders and elites.

Paid fares vary wildly depending on your origin and dates, but in the case of my nonstop Newark (EWR) flights, I’d be looking at $1,037 round-trip, making this sale one heck of a deal!

If you don’t have enough miles in your United account to book, keep in mind that you can transfer points instantly from Chase Ultimate Rewards, earned with cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve. Happy booking!

Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy.

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