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Hawaii award using Kris miles for United flight

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by the maximizer, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. the maximizer

    the maximizer New Member

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    Hey All,

    I'm helping some friends book their honeymoon to Hawaii. Looking to go to nonstop roundtrip from ORD to HNL on United's daily 777-200 in Business class flight (because of lay flat seats). However, United doesn't show any Saver Award availability in April 2020, only First Everyday Awards. Does this mean Kris miles redemptions aren't possible? Do they have alternatives?

    My friends have about 350K Ultimate rewards points, 50K Bank of America Points, and 30K United points. I'd really like to get them on that flight, but if that won't work, what else can I do?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. the maximizer

    the maximizer New Member

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    also, my friends have 220K Marriott points which I suppose could be used for an Alaska redemption.
     
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  3. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Use the URs to buy cash tickets? I'm planning a trip to Hawaii for next year myself and anecdotally, I'm not finding any lie-flat seat space to either ORD or DEN, both of which would work for me. I think they just don't release much space. I've pretty much decided I'll shop through a portal for my tickets.
     
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  4. the maximizer

    the maximizer New Member

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    good point MidSouth. They have a Sapphire Reserve card, so can lock in 1.5cent per point right?

    was i correct that KrisFlyer awards on United are only bookable with Saver availability?

    will shopping through a portal for the tickets yield a big savings over the price on United website?
     
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    the maximizer New Member

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    Is UR points to BA Avios for American flight feasible?
     
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  6. the maximizer

    the maximizer New Member

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    Thanks for your help Mid South!
     
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  7. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Yes, with the CSR they can get 1.5 cents per ticket.

    Using Kris Flyer miles they must find saver space on United.

    Transferring to BA is also an option though you must find AA Saver award space for BA to be able to see the seat. Remember that with BA each segment is priced separately so if you can't find space on the non-stop the price will be higher. I imagine at this late date it may be hard to find award space except in economy.
     
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