Hawaiian announced yesterday that they will be adding “three weekly flights to the existing daily flight schedule for travel between Honolulu and Sydney in April and May 2013 to accommodate increased travel demand. In total, there will be 26 extra flights from April 3 to June 1, 2013 using 294-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft.”
Remember, you can redeem both AA and DL miles for transpacific travel on Hawaiian. As we all know, AA’s website is of course a lot more accurate in terms of availability and makes booking with HA much simpler than with Delta’s broken award calendar.
Each partner has different HA redemption rules, AA allows you to redeem your entire trip on Hawaiian (including the domestic US portion), whereas DL only allows for specific routes (not inclusive of domestic US). UA & US allow redemptions on inter-island flights only.
1) Award travel is not allowable from Hawaii to North Asia or North America, meaning the following routes are excluded for DL redemptions:
HNL-N. America (JFK/LAX/LAS/SAN/etc.)
2) Award travel allowable routes from Hawaii include:
Use AAdvantage miles to book award travel on all Hawaiian Airlines flights (including travel between the U.S. and Hawaii) with the AAdvantage participating airline awards. These awards allow travel on any combination of AAdvantage participating carriers.
Also, remember to include Brisbane (BNE) in your searches as there tends to be more award availability on the HNL-BNE route.