Hawaii: €1,553 Oneworld Business Class from Paris + Oneworld Sapphire Tier

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Oneworld carriers British Airways and American Airlines bring you good offers for business class trips from France to Hawaii. Flights from Paris to Honolulu start as low as €1,553. These fares show good availability from March through August 2021.

As a cherry on top, these flights earn you enough flight segments and tier points to grant you British Airways Executive Club Silver tier. This is equal to Oneworld Sapphire, granting perks like alliance wide lounge access for you and another person.

Info

Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.

A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.

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Further, you can find discounted tickets to other Hawaiian islands like Kahului (OGG), Kona (KOA) or Kauai (LIH) as well.

British Airways operates inner European flights from Paris airports to London-Heathrow. These flights are followed by transatlantic crossings to either Dallas, Los Angeles or Phoenix. Both AA and BA operate flights on these routes with varying aircraft. Onwards, an American Airlines plane will host you to the Hawaiian destination of your choice.

Warning

If you want to gain Oneworld Sapphire, you must ensure that at least four flight segments are handled by British Airways or Iberia. As these airlines won’t fly you from the US mainland to Hawaii, both inner European legs and transatlantic flights have to be on BA or IB metal.

Search & Book

According to fare rules, this offer will be online until December 21, 2020. It is valid for weekday departures from Europe with a minimum stay of one night from Saturday to Sunday in Hawaii. Availability is fairly good, with multiple possible departures each week in March and Mid-August 2021.

You can use Google Flights to find suiting flight dates. While online travel agencies might offer cheaper tickets (you can find them via our flight search), we recommend booking directly with an Oneworld carrier like British Airways or Iberia.

Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?

More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:

  1. The Covid-19 Pandemic
    During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.

    Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
  2. Better Customer Service
    In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.

    If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.

    This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
  3. Baggage Fees
    Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.

Mileage

British Airways issues short haul tickets in booking class J and long haul tickets in booking class I. Inner American flights with American Airlines are booking class I, as well. If you decide to credit your flights in a different frequent flyer program than British Airways Executive Club, you can expect the following harvest (for a routing over London and Los Angeles):

  • 38,376 Award Miles + 26,490 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 33,042 Points on Finnair Plus
  • 25,212 Avios + 640 TP on British Airways Executive Club
  • 25,212 Avios + 1,600 TP on Iberia Plus
  • 22,024 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
  • 21,808 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
  • 21,808 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 21,808 Award Miles + 230 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
  • 20,532 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 20,532 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 20,532 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 19,254 Qmiles + 116 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
  • 19,254 Award Miles + 34,984 EQMs on American AAdvantage
  • 17,830 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
  • 14,150 Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 12,324 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 7,658 Miles on Etihad Guest
  • 6,382 Miles on GOL AΓ©reos Smiles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

If you credit your flight in British Airways Executive Club you’ll receive 140 tier points for each segment to and within America as well as 40 tier points for each flight between London and Paris. That sums up to 640 tier points, forty more than needed to reach Oneworld Sapphire status.

You can get the additional four flight segments on either British Airways or Iberia on this ticket, too by selecting your flights carefully.

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, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA)Β  for about €12, you don’t need a visa for entry.

The 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.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

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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  1. Sam says:

    Does flying with Finnair also grants you the Oneworld Sapphire status?

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