Hawaii: €473 From Amsterdam With Star Alliance (Only Carry-on)

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Currently, you can book economy class flights from Amsterdam to Kahului in Maui County, Hawaii, for only €473. This deal seems to be what is called a Tour Operator Fare and is only available through select OTAs. If you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can also book via Lufthansa’s website.

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Great price for flights from Amsterdam to Hawaii

The availability for this offer is good from November through summer 2020. But you will find most of the cheap flights until April next year. Unfortunately, no checked luggage is included in this deal.

There are several possible routings that could take you to Hawaii. If you choose to book via an OTA, it’s mostly the United-operated connections that will be offered. Lufthansa is also selling tickets for flights with Swiss or Air Canada.

Search & Book

There’s plenty of availability from November until June 2020, and some more cheap seats are sold for flights in November 2020. There seems to be a minimum stay requirement of 6 days. Alternatively, you could also spend one night from Saturday to Sunday in Hawaii.

In order to find the cheapest flights, we recommend using Google Flights (instructions). Once you’ve found the dates you’ve been looking for, you can book your discounted ticket via Skyscanner. Even if it might raise the price, we still think it is better to book via Lufthansa.com, though.

Info

This is a Star Alliance fare that does not include check-in luggage. Additionally, some other disadvantages may apply, especially when flying with United:

Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian

Lufthansa Group airlines call this fare Economy Light. You can select your seats during the check-in process. While these airlines still allow Star-Alliance-Gold customers to bring one 23kg bag, it is said that this benefit will soon be eliminated without much warning.

United Airlines

The long-haul United Basic Economy allows Star-Alliance-Gold customers to fly with 2 x 23 kg luggage, or even 3 x 32 kg if you’re a MileagePlus frequent flyer. Nevertheless, there are other restrictions:

  • You cannot reserve your seats. Even at the time of check-in, you’ll be automatically assigned a seat, which you cannot change.
  • You’ll be the last one to board the plane (except if you’re a frequent flyer).
  • Additionally, if you’re a MileagePlus-customer:
    • No free Economy-Plus upgrades
    • Only 50% PQM instead of 100%, and only 0.5 PQS per flight
    • No modifications (e.g. Same Day-Changes) possible
    • Upgrades are not permitted
Air Canada

On flights with Air Canada, there is also a Basic Economy, but it is not quite as restrictive as United’s. If you have a Star-Alliance-Gold-Status, you can give up a 23 kg luggage, and Air-Canada-Altitude status holders can even be allowed up to 3 x 32 kg.

Other restrictions include:

  • You can reserve seats, but at a higher price than usual for Economy.
  • For Air Canada Altitude customers:
    • 25% miles for transatlantic flights, none for domestic.
    • Upgrades are not permitted.
    • From Prestige 25K onwards you can select your seats.

If you feel that these restrictions are unbearable, you should book over Lufthansa.com or United.com and select the rate that includes luggage for roughly €80 more.

Mileage

All tickets will be issued in booking class K. The earning rate on most Star Alliance frequent flyer programs lies between 25% and 50%. If United operates your trip, here’s what you could earn:

  • 8,580 on Azul TudoAzul
  • 8,580 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 8,580 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 8,580 on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 8,580 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 8,580 on Asiana Club
  • 8,580 on TAP Miles & Go
  • 8,580 on Air India Flying Returns
  • 8,580 on South African Voyager
  • 8,580 on Aer Lingus AerClub
  • 8,580 on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 8,580 on EgyptAir Plus
  • 8,580 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 8,580 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 8,580 on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 8,580 on SAS EuroBonus
  • 6,900 on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 5,140 on ANA Mileage Club
  • 4,290 on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 4,290 on Miles & More
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.
Information & Tips for USA

The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.

Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements

The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA)  for about 12€, you don’t need a visa for entry.

Best Time to Visit

Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.

Currency

The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.

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