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This post is part of the series How To Redeem American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

It’s sort of easy to redeem American Airlines miles to Hawaii, but it’s not the cheapest way to get there. You can redeem flights to Hawaii on American or Alaska airlines.

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AAdvantage Hawaii Awards – Pricing

American Airlines charges the following rates for flights from the 48 Contiguous States to Hawaii: (One-way)

  • Economy: 22,500
  • Economy Off-Peak: 20,000
    • To Hawaii: December 29 – March 12, August 11 – November 18, November 24 – December 10
    • From Hawaii: January 7 – March 19, August 18 – November 27, December 3 – December 25
  • Business: 40,000 (Add 7,500 miles on 3 cabin aircraft)
  • First: 65,000

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You’re always going to be looking for the MileSAAVER prices, AAnytime prices are extremely high and not worth it.

American Airlines almost always flies 2 cabin aircraft within the states. Even though the front cabin is called “first” on a domestic flight, it will price at a business level (40,000) on a 2 cabin aircraft. I don’t understand why until now; there are no aircraft with lie flat seats flying to Hawaii. It’s a long flight just like transcontinental flights. You can fly American Airlines 3 cabin aircraft with lie flat seats in business (37,500 miles) and first class (50,000 miles) on transcontinental flights between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. I recently reviewed American Airlines First class from New York to Los Angeles.


AAdvantage Hawaii Awards – Searching for availability

  • Go to and click the “Redeem Miles” check-box
  • Enter your “From” and “To” airports and desired date of departure and click search
  • Results will show for 1 week around your selected departure date. You can click on “Show Calendar” to see more available dates


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Availability from the East Coast is terrible. There’s one day with Saver economy flights and there’s not a single day with Saver pricing for a premium cabin. I wouldn’t recommend booking flights to Hawaii with these AAnytime prices unless you have so many AAdvantage miles that you don’t know what else to do with them 🙂

Availability from the West Coast is a little bit better for economy seats but not business/first.redeem american airlines miles hawaii

AAdvantage Hawaii Awards Bottom Line:

American Airlines AAdvantage is not the best currency to book flights to Hawaii with. Availability is almost non existent and the prices are way too high compared to other options. I would recommend transferring Chase Ultimate rewards points to Korean Airlines and booking award flights on Delta for 25,000 miles roundtrip in economy. You can also transfer Citi ThankYou points to FlyingBlue and book award flights on Delta for 30,000 miles roundtrip in economy.

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