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Very good Hawaii business class fares are back – with huge BA tier point potential

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For the first time in a while, there are some exceptionally good business class fares on oneworld alliance airlines to Hawaii out there.

One reason for mentioning these is that they are exceptionally good for British Airways tier point earning.

The current fares are available from starting points across Europe, but not the UK. It is part of a broader oneworld alliance sale to North America.

EDIT: This fare seems to have died at around 7pm on Tuesday. If you are reading this via email on Wednesday, it’s too late – sorry. The article was posted at 11am on Tuesday.

Very good Hawaii business class fares are back

You may be able to book some of these flights on but (not the US site) seems to be easier.

You need to travel from September until the end of the booking window. A stay of a week seems necessary.

Here is an example from Amsterdam to Hawaii. This is a 3-stop routing which maximises tier points (click to enlarge):

You’ve got:

  • Amsterdam to Heathrow (BA) – 40 tier points
  • Heathrow to New York JFK (AA) – 140 tier points
  • New York JFK to Pheonix (AA) – 140 tier points
  • Pheonix to Honolulu (AA) – 140 tier points
  • Honolulu to San Francisco (Alaska) – 140 tier points
  • San Francisco to Dallas Fort Worth (AA) – 40 tier points
  • Dallas Fort Worth to Heathrow (AA) – 140 tier points
  • Heathrow to Amsterdam (BA) – 40 tier points

That’s a total of 820 British Airways Executive Club tier points and a big stash of Avios for £1,871 (plus the cost of getting to Amsterdam) – oh yes, and you get a business class holiday in Hawaii too!

If you can find an option to route back via Phoenix and not Dallas Fort Worth, it would trigger an extra 100 tier points taking the routing above to 920 tier points.

It may be possible to find a European starting point where the connection to Heathrow triggers 80 tier points each way and not 40, such as Athens or Helsinki. This would get you to 1,000 tier points.

Have a dig around if interested. Lots of mainland US destinations are reduced as well. Rhys and I are both away this week, hence the relative lack of detailed analysis on this one.


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Comments (99)

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  • Steve says:

    Twice in a week, “dead” emails for those who haven’t got time to visit the the website all day. Cannot be beyond HfP to get an extra email sent out can it?

    • Rob says:

      Rhys and I are both away. In normal circumstances one of us may have written something else late evening to replace the offer.

      We may, to be fair, also have left it because a) it’s an interesting concept which is worth knowing about and b) if it makes a few of the 17,000 on the daily email list pop into the site more often that’s a win for us.

      • Mark says:

        Hi Rob. How about having push notifications set up on the website?

        • Rob says:

          They are generally seen as very naff 🙂

          • Tom says:

            They are very naff! Very grateful HfP isn’t covered in pop ups also.

        • Nick M says:

          Mark – you can set these up for the Twitter posts (although with the changes over the last year, I appreciate this needs a bit more manual involvement from the HfP team)

          • Rob says:

            Yes, Twitter posting is now manual and so gets done when we remember!

    • Nancy says:

      Worth realizing that HfP is not a deal finder, so you really shouldn’t rely on them (and then complain) to alert you. There are dedicated sites and forums for these kind of purposes (with alerting in place). I booked this fare on Monday night already as that’s when it stared making rounds. There’s bunch of other fares which never even get reported on HfP. So worth setting up your expectations properly…

      • Rob says:

        Indeed. Skip will happily sell you a sub to the Luxury Flight Club newsletter we draw from (with permission!).

        Flyertalk Premium Fare deals forum is worth a look too.

    • Will says:

      Twitter notifications for HfP work well

    • Track says:

      A very strange complaint.

      HfP is a not paid service fishing error fares for you. These things can exist for 2-3 hours at a time. Then gone.

  • Paul says:

    While the fare is gone my personal advice on getting to and from the islands, assuming an EU starting point is to route

    XXX – LHR – DFW night stop then flat bed to HNL (NB) AA previously flew flat beds to KOA and OGG Maui from Dallas.

    It’s comfortable and avoids both LAX immigration and the now awful AA ShortHaul aircraft they use on the route.

    The return now has two options

    Lunch time from HNL to LAX then AA’s 11:30pm service to LHR. I believe this is the fastest route back.


    Lunchtime departure from KOA LIH or OGG to LAX followed by LAX to JFK on overnight followed by daytime AA 10am to LHR arriving in time to go to bed. The final flights to starting point being done the next day.

    The BA metal options requires an early start from HNL and longish layover in LAX. As does the route via DFW.

    Word of warning re bags
    I have been going to Hawaii for more than a decade and checking my bags only to LHR on the return was never an issue, even when I had a connecting flight to Europe after a night stop in LHR. However in April this year I stopped in LAX and took the late night AA service to LHR the following day. I would then stay in LHR and before returning to BUD.
    While I have always been treated well by AA, the staff at LAX that night were immovable on bags going to BUD despite my night stop. The agent was a jobsworth and when I asked him not to send bags to BUD he did not engage, but simply stomped off to get a supervisor. She was one of the worst members of airline staff I have ever encountered and told me without preamble, that the only way the bags would be tagged to LHR would be if I bought a new ticket. The bags went to BUD.
    In LHR I was amazed both at the level of service and attitude when I asked to get my bag back. It took 15 minutes!

    • Peter says:

      Thank you for that insightful post.

    • dougzz99 says:

      It’s the only leverage they have to make people fly the final leg. You were very lucky to get your bag back in 15 mins, as compared to most other reports.
      I was checking in at Tampa for a TPA-MIA-LHR / LCY-DUB and the agent was getting really stressed she couldn’t check the bag to Dublin. I explained the airport change in London but that didn’t stop her trying, and then calling over a colleague to see if she could do it. Colleague explained and she checked to LHR, but she was clearly unhappy at what she considered short checking.

      • Track says:

        — It’s the only leverage they have to make people fly the final leg.

        But they are trying to make you hostage in an unlawful way. Yes there are Conditions of Carriage but as European courts now established: customers have no legal obligation to travel full itineraries.

    • Andy says:

      I’ve done the Hawaii a couple of times in the last year, once via Dallas and once via LAX

      Dallas route out is undoubtedly more relaxed if you’ve got the time and want to spend a night in an airport hotel

      I didn’t find the LAX layover too bad – four hours gave me enough of a chance to shower, get a bite to eat and relax. Then the AA flight got me into HNL at a time where I could go straight to bed

    • Track says:

      They all do that. BA, AA, and Iberia

      Long before Covid, I had an Iberia supervisor at JFK/NYC annotating ticket right in front of me ‘prohibiting’ bag release for an overnight stopover. Very nasty, and whatever that means — LHR ground staff (or MAD for that matter) would have no idea/no access to those Resiber annotations.

      Needless to say I always complete the last leg — it’s free TPs which one normally needs.
      One can get EU – LHR return flight next day on the cheap at any season, due to low taxes and YQ from near each EU city.

  • Damien says:

    Was tempted to reroute an upcoming Japan trip via this, but the HNL to Japan leg was just mental. Plus there wasn’t any redemption option.

  • AlanC says:

    9.25am Wed.
    HNL in November from BUD with 3 stops showing at £2128. Bit more but maybe of interest to some.

  • Phil G says:

    Thanks Rob
    Booked DUB to Las Vegas via ORD May Bank Holiday – £1510 pp

  • Vague Badger says:

    Probably a good time to change the now rather unfortunate intro to this article…

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