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Award Redemption LAX to LIH Award Options - AA

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by JCA, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. JCA

    JCA Reader

    Hi All,

    I'm wondering how best to pay for an American Airlines flight from LAX to LIH (Kauai) in late August. I'm new to points transfers so I wanted to make sure I'm going with the best choice. Here are my options (listed as per person costs, but will be paying for 2 people incl. me):

    1) Pay $205 for each ticket in Main Cabin ($410 total) - receive free checked bags (two total, so I would save $60) through Platinum AA status

    2) Redeem 12K AA award miles + $5.60 for each Main Cabin ticket (24K total), but my balance on AA is currently 5,000 miles so I would need to transfer 60K Marriott points (3:1 transfer ratio) to cover - receive free checked bags (two total, so I would save $60) through Platinum AA status

    3) Redeem 13K Avios for each Main Cabin ticket (26K total), transferring AmEx rewards points to cover and pay additional $60 for checked bags as AA elite status does not apply to Avios award flights.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. rickyw

    rickyw Well-Known Member

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    I’d probably do option 1 or option 3. To me, $400 out of pocket to get to Hawaii is a pretty solid deal. As a Platinum AA member - you’d also have the option to use 500 mile upgrades, no?
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  3. Gaurav

    Gaurav Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure you won't get your benefits with option 3 if you switch your FF number on file to your AA number?