Delta recently changed the award search function since our last Hawaii video. Here's an updated post about how to book a trip to Hawaii using credit card transfer partners.
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Transfer points from Chase or SPG to Korean Airlines to book an award redemption. Chase points transfer at a 1:1 rate, so you'll need to transfer 25,000 Ultimate Rewards. SPG is interesting because they award a 5,000 bonus when you transfer 20,000 SPG points to an airline.
If you want to book business or first class, then it'll be 45,000 points roundtrip. You'll need to transfer 45,000 Ultimate Rewards points or transfer two sets of 20,000 SPG points (don't transfer the 40,000 at once or you won't get the 10,000 point bonus).
Before transferring the points, be sure to check if there's availability for the flights you want. In the past, you would have to use Delta's site to check availability, but that method doesn't work anymore.
The updated method is to create an account on Air France and go to "purchase a ticket" and select "user miles." For destinations, pick where you're flying from and select where you're going to. In this example, we're going to select Honolulu, Hawaii. We're going to mark it as roundtrip and select dates to where we want to fly.
Let's assume we're flying at the beginning of December. For this example, we'll look for economy flights. Business flights would be the same idea.
If no results show up, that means there's no award availability. Edit the dates and try again.
In our new search, we entered dates in January and found available dates.
The goal is to book the lowest fare for 15,000 miles + $5.60 USD. Next, we need to book our return flight. Again, go for the lowest fare.
If we run the same search from a different departure city like ATL, then availability is limited.
Keep in mind that sweet spot redemptions to Hawaii are in high demand, so you have to put in work and be flexible with your travel dates.