The Racing Winds Blog isn’t a usual on the whole airline point redemption scene (we leave that up to our friends at One Mile at a Time and The Points Guy), but today we got wind of a deal that is really too good to pass up.
Because of a nice little partnership with Alaska Airlines, a favorable Icelandic Krona to United States Dollar exchange rate, the ability to buy Saga Club Points, it is possible to fly to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines for as little as $328 roundrip. No, this isn’t a joke.
All the details can be found over at Online Travel Reviews, but, in a nutshell, here’s how it works. Icelandair, Iceland’s flag carrier, has a partnership with Alaska Airlines that allows first class redemptions to Hawaii from anywhere in the mainland US, Canada, or Mexico, for as little as 30,000 Saga Points roundtrip. Because Icelandair is currently running a promotion on points purchases, a that number of points can be had for as little as 39,500 krona, which translates to about $328.
This isn’t a 4 miles to Hong Kong deal. In fact, it appears that Icelandair is actually doing everything they can to enable passengers to get on this awesome deal. We did a little legwork ourselves, and here’s what we found.
- Super Saver Award space on Alaska Airlines (fare bucket A) is widely available from most West Coast cities, namely San Jose (SJC) and San Diego (SAN) to Honolulu. We haven’t looked at any other Hawaiian cities.
- If your dates are flexible enough, you can also find Super Saver Award space from many East Coast cities to Honolulu, with a connection on the West Coast. For example, we priced an Orland0 – San Diego – Honolulu – San Diego – Orlando itinerary for 75,000 miles, plus $10 in taxes. Note: 75,000 miles is the cost roundtrip if you were using Alaska Airlines miles. This promotion uses Icelandair’s Saga Points, which book into the same fare bucket at a cost of 30,000 Saga Points roundtrip. Follow?
This is a fantastic value, especially if you are flying from an East Coast origin, effectively paying $328 for four 5+ hour flights in First Class. Revenue flights in coach easily run $350+ from the West Coast in coach, so paying less than that for double the flight time in First really is unbeatable.
Before purchasing any points, though, you should verify availability for your dates. First, use AlaskaAir.com to check for availability using their Award Finder calendar. You’re looking for 37,500 mile one-way availability, denoted in green, for a total of 75,000 miles roundtrip. After you’ve identified a set of dates and city pairs that have that availability, call Icelandair and give them that information. Make sure that they also show availability for your dates and city pairs. After that, you can pull the trigger and buy Saga Points. After they’ve deposited, call Icelandair back and book your flights! Simple as that, and well worth both the money and the effort to snag a deal of this magnitude.
Remember though, Alaska controls award availability, not Icelandair, so take advantage of this deal quickly. Even though Icelandair is more than willing to help customers take advantage of this deal, Alaska might not be so pleased once they catch on. It’s advisable to book as soon as you’ve identified dates and availability. This deal could very well be gone tomorrow ….