Get one-way flights to Hawaii for just 13,000 miles with Delta and United offers

While it’s always best to book your flights before the holiday rush, you can still use miles to book a last-minute bargain trip to Hawaii. Both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are currently offering last minute travel deals.

With these offers, you can spend as little as 32,800 miles or $397 on round-trip flights to Hawaii; This is a bargain as flights to Hawaii can cost thousands of dollars during the holiday season.

Remember, access to the best mileage offers at United requires Premier Elite status or a co-branded credit card. Delta does not require status to access its mileage redemption discounts.

Deal Basics

Airlines: Delta and United.
Routes: Denver, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and other Delta and United hubs offer discounted routes based on awards if you are a United Premier member or hold a United co-branded card. You don’t need to be in award status to access the Delta offer.
How to book: Directly on or websites.
Travel data: The week of December 26th

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To maximize rewards, you need to play around with United and Delta dates and times. We found the days after Christmas to have some of the best deals on miles; Delta offers one-way flights for just 13,000 miles and United for just 20,400 miles one-way.

One of the flights we found with the lowest mileage was a round-trip Delta flight from Los Angeles to Kahului, Hawaii. It was a total of 35,000 miles for a trip from December 27th to January 5th. A December 27 flight from Los Angeles to Kahului, Hawaii cost 13,000 Delta SkyMiles, and a January 5 return flight from Kahului, Hawaii cost 22,000 miles.


You can book each flight individually as either a one-way trip or a round trip, as the miles add up to 35,000 whether you book it as a round trip or as two round trips. A 35,000 mile flight is a relative bargain as cash prices for Delta flights to Kahului, Hawaii on the same dates start at $654.


Best offers on United miles only apply if you have Premier status or a co-branded credit card. When booking with United, we recommend researching one-way flights to get a better idea of ​​your options.

For a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu, United is offering flights for just 18,500 miles on December 30th and 31st. If you want to spend as few miles as possible, the best date to fly back to San Francisco would be January 11th when flights are only 14,300 miles.

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This round trip totals 32,800 miles. If you booked with cash you would spend at least $406 for a round trip.

United also has other one-way options to maximize your miles. For example, you can get one-way flights to Honolulu from Newark and Seattle for as little as 24,200 miles.


Maximize your purchase

Make sure you use cards that earn bonus points when purchasing airline tickets, such as The American Express Platinum Card® (5 points per dollar off airfare purchased directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year, Citi Prestige® card (5 points per dollar off airfare), Citi Premier® cardChase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on airfare), American Express® Gold card (3 points per dollar off airfare when booking direct with the airline or through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on trips). Learn more about maximizing fare purchases in this post.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card was independently collected by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been verified or provided by the card issuer.

bottom line

If you’re looking to fit into a last-minute vacation, this offer is for you—especially if you have United status or Delta SkyMiles you want to use. When you book your travel with miles, you get a slight discount on the fare compared to booking with cash.

Delta offers a far heftier discount on its miles compared to United, but both are still worth booking — especially given that flights to Hawaii are expensive at this time of year.

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