Tips, Tricks & Tactics: Travel Hacking an Interisland Flight on Hawaiian Airlines

T and I and the two kids had to go to Hilo for the day for a family commitment. Trip report to follow (maybe), but most of you guys have been interisland and know the drill.

Prices were a little over $100 each way in coach, so for 3 round trips (and one lap-riding kid) we’re talking $600+. So, obviously, we started looking into points and miles options. Continue reading “Tips, Tricks & Tactics: Travel Hacking an Interisland Flight on Hawaiian Airlines”

Tips, Tricks and Tactics: Eating Your Way to Points and Miles

First thing, I’m a real hardcore food snob (and T is getting there). So hardcore, I would rather eat Zippy’s or Jack in the Box or home lunch for 364 days just so I can go to a super awesome place on day 365. There, I admit it. Now the healing can begin (by sending me to Japan)!

Prelude aside, let me introduce you to Carval Cafe, located at Waterfront Plaza (née Restaurant Row). It’s convenient for me at lunch and they serve a decent plate lunch — maybe 2 or 3 notches above your regular one.

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For those of you with unlinked Alaska Airlines and Virgin America accounts…

UPDATE, 1/9/2017: The Points Guy and other outlets report that Alaska Airlines confirmed that people active in both Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and Virgin America Elevate, as of December 5, 2016, would receive a bonus 10,000 miles. Additionally, Elevate members who do not have Mileage Plan accounts will be offered either a 10,000 mile bonus or $100 credit as a welcome bonus to Alaska Airlines.

You might want to consider linking them. I logged into Award Wallet to check points and miles balances, and discovered that 10,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles were mysteriously posted to T’s and my account. The description of the activity: “SPECIAL SERVICES ELEVATE MEMBER OTO 10K BONUS.” Now, T and I have never flown Alaska Airlines or Virgin America before, but we do have loyalty accounts with a few miles in each (and a BoA Alaska Airlines VISA Signature Card). The only interaction I’ve done recently was link the two accounts. Even the discussion on Flyer Talk is unsure for the reason behind the bonus, but others have verified linking accounts and receiving the same bonus today.

If you haven’t already, link your Alaska Airlines and Virgin America frequent flyer accounts (or even create them first, then link them). Just in case. The bonus 10,000 Alaska Mileage Plan miles (a little wordy, no?) are worth 28.6% of the 35,000 miles required (minimum) for a round trip coach ticket from Hawaii to the mainland. Or 20% of the 50,000 required (minimum) for a round trip coach ticket from Hawaii to Japan. So, it’s not nothing.