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Fly to Hawaii, business class, earning Avios and 640 tier points for £970 return

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Some very, very low business class fares to Hawaii – and indeed the United States West Coast – have appeared today from Paris.

This is a very quick article so you will have to do a bit of digging yourself if you want to take advantage (I am on holiday, in theory), but here is an example from Paris to Honolulu for January 2022.

EDIT: As at 10.30pm, the deal appears to be almost dead, at least to Hawaii. It seems that it will work if you can get to show a routing via Helsinki, eg Paris – Helsinki – USA.

Here is an example from, where you can book this deal even if it doesn’t have a British Airways flight anywhere:

This is €1,131, so £970. Can’t say fairer than that ….

In terms of tier points, it would earn:

  • CDG-LHR – 40 tier points
  • LHR-LAX – 140 tier points
  • HNL-LAX – 140 tier points
  • LAX-SEA – 140 tier points
  • SEA-LHR – 140 tier points
  • LHR-CDG – 40 tier points

That’s a total of 640 tier points for £970, plus a holiday in Hawaii.

The ‘dream deal’ would be finding a way to book it as Paris – London – New York – West Coast – Hawaii. This would earn 920 tier points because you would have three business class flights of 2,000+ miles in each direction.

Take a look at this Flyertalk thread for more details. It implies that it is worth checking Amsterdam and Madrid as well as starting points.

Check carefully that ALL flights book into Business Class.

Have a play around and see what you can find …..

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Comments (63)

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  • Louise K says:

    I added a car to my booking thinking it would turn it into a holiday, but I don’t think it quite worked – to amend my car will the UK call centre deal with this or will I have to call France?

    Also, I’m sorry to say I didn’t read the fare rules – of course I know these are non-refundable but are they covered by BWC?

    • C says:

      You will need to call France if it has gone through as a holiday. They open at 8:30 U.K. time and I’ve managed to get through instantly every time and they are really helpful. The number is 0033157324975

  • Rivo says:

    If possible you should try to get out of Honolulu and across to another island such as Maui or Big Island.

    Honolulu is simply a US city in a tropical setting with an overabundance of designer shops and significant homelessness. In truth, it reminded me of a Marbella in a Benidorm setting and a tent city on the beach.

    Also, steer clear of the Waikiki Beach Marriott. Wrong end of the beach and incredibly dated

    • Will says:

      Rival couldn’t agree more. Waikiki is worth just ticking off the list for a day or two.

      Also totally agree on Marriott.

      • Ed says:

        Is this Will from the tier point runs a few years back?

        • will says:

          Yes that is I, well remembered!

          • Ed says:

            I really enjoyed the write up. Though seem to remember they came to a slightly abrupt end. Half inspired me, half scared me off. Probably give it a go one year.

          • Ed says:

            Just relocated your blog, can now catch up on the 2017 trips 🙂

          • Will says:

            I wish I’d kept on top of it at the time.

            Was running a relatively infant business At the time while blogging the TP run and unfortunately the blog suffered at the time.

            Very much got an appreciation for how time consuming it is to update half decent content daily online, so full credit to rob for this site continuing to thrive,

            Ref TP runs, I look back on those trips now with very fond memories. Took me to places I wouldn’t necessarily have been to and travelling alone is probably something I’d never have thought about but thoroughly enjoyed it.

            Such trips may well be frowned upon in the future, you can imagine if the press run negative stories about Flyertalk itineraries airlines might act to pull multi segment fares in the coming years.

  • Jonny Price says:

    Booked this deal last night – three of us are looking forward to a holiday in Hawaii next January and getting three shiny new Silver cards in the process! Thanks for the heads up.

    • Kevin D says:

      Are you Northern Ireland based Jonny?

      • Jonny Price says:

        UK based. Starting the journey in CDG so will have to book a cheap LHR-CDG-LHR in addition. Considering making the most of it and spending a day/night in Paris.

  • Andy Frew says:

    Is anyone having any further success with this deal? I’ve tried a few variations but no luck.

    Would be much appreciated if someone can provide any pointers! 🙂

    • Rob says:

      The Flyertalk thread will have the latest info but almost certainly dead now.

  • N says:

    Nabbed one of these last night – booked for March. Very happy having turned on my twitter notifications for any HfP tweets since missing out on the Qatar deal (£600?) to Japan a few years back.

    Assuming we need to cancel, these can go to an FTV – right?

  • Leon says:

    Has this deal gone

    • Rob says:

      The linked Flyertalk thread will have the latest situation.

  • Louise K says:

    I think the Hawaii routes have now gone but most west coast / ANC deals can still be had.

  • ChrisC says:

    Still some approx €1k deals to SFO for next March / April. Flight routes not the optimal for TP earning but I’ve not tried the multi citi option yet

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