Hawaii. Why go?

If you fly British Airways with some regularity, as a lot of UK based readers will do, plus are at all interested in the Executive Club (their frequent flier programme), then Hawaii seems to pop up as a popular destination.

It’s one of the most frequently travelled mileage runs for getting status relatively inexpensively with British Airways, and also it’s a pretty amazing place to go visit.  Over the past few years I’ve been there on a number of occasions, both to help top up my tier points and also to go visit one of the most beautiful places in the world.  My Grindr profile image was taken when I was on Maui, for example.

I’m not going to go into how to build status with British Airways.  Rob from Head for Points has some really outstanding articles on how the Executive Club works and beginner’s guides to Avios.

If you’re a UK based traveller, then getting to Hawaii in a premium cabin, can be had for anywhere between £1400 to £1800 return.  However the key thing about deals like this is that they will start somewhere in Europe.  Depending on where you’re going, if there’s a sale on and the time of year, means that the starting point could well be different.  For Hawaii, Dublin is one of the most common origins for starting out.

This means if you’re UK based, you will need to buy one ticket to get out to Dublin, and then you will have to buy an entirely separate ticket from Dublin over to Hawaii.  For those of you that read other blogs, or sites such as Flyertalk, these are commonly referred to as ex-EU tickets.

They come with inherent dangers that are important to understand:

  • You must fly the first segment.  If you’re doing DUB-LHR-NYC (for example) then don’t rock-up at Heathrow expecting to fly just LHR-NYC.  When you didn’t turn up for the first flight, the airline would have cancelled the rest of your itinerary.
  • You can not check bags across multiple, separate tickets.  If you’re travelling with bags, you’ll need to book a flight over to Dublin (for example), reclaim your bags, and leave enough time to check in for your flight back over to London and recheck your bags.

There are a lot more details on this thread on Flyertalk which has a lot of useful hints and tips.

Once you’ve decided that one of these trips is for you, what’s the best routing?  How do you find out the cost?  How do you book it?

Over the next few days I’ll be writing a series of articles with some tips and tricks on how to do exactly that.

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