Yesterday I wrote about Hawaiian Airlines’ award chart devaluation (with no advance notice) for redemptions on Virgin Atlantic. Previously they charged 100,000 miles for Upper Class between the US and Europe, and 140,000 miles for Upper Class between the US and anywhere else in the world, both of which were amazing deals given that there were no fuel surcharges on such redemptions.
Their updated chart looks as follows:
However, that chart really wasn’t clear since it only specified the redemption costs by destination and not by origin. So they’ve updated the award chart yet again, and it looks as follows:
This is horrible news. This means that an Upper Class award ticket between the west coast of the US and the Middle East/Asia/Africa/Australia costs 285,000-320,000 miles roundtrip. Given that you could previously go anywhere in the world for 140,000 miles, this represents a 100%+ increase in the number of miles required.
Horrible, horrible, horrible. Especially without any notice. This was by far the best airline redemption using Hawaiian miles, and it’s yet another reason that I’m a firm believer in the “earn and burn” philosophy. The person who dies with the fewest miles wins.
Hawaiian Airlines has a Twitter, so I think it may be worth tweeting them to express your displeasure about this massive devaluation without notice. You can tweet them at @HawaiianAir. If anyone prefers just to retweet, I tweeted them here.