Shop the airline's partner carriers if you really want Hawaii
So you wanted to travel to a Pacific paradise on the cheap and find yourself dealing with a Latin-sounding fake currency administered by a British airline. Patience, young Skywalker. The hard part is over.
British Airways will allow you to spend Avios with partner carriers such as Alaska Airlines and American Airlines. The nuts-and-bolts of converting points is, naturally, boring. But for the purposes of this hack all you need to know is: rewards are distance-based, and 12,500 Avios convert to a free economy seat on any flight between 2,001 and 3,000 miles long.
So, at 12,500 Avios per leg, you can get four seats of 2,001-3,000 miles. Or two round-trip tickets from the Mainland to Hawaii.
On Alaska Airlines, you can fly from Anchorage, Alaska; Bellingham, Washington; Oakland; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; San Diego; San Jose, California; or Seattle.
On American Airlines, you can leave from Los Angeles or Phoenix. (American also operates flights from Dallas, albeit for 20,000 Avios a pop.)
Mind you, this works only on non-stop routes (connecting flights give less bang for your buck), and -- because of distance limitations -- converts to two round-trips only from the West. If you’re flying from the East Coast, you’ll have to get to one of those hubs or just pick somewhere else to go.
Alas, that place will not be as rad as Hawaii.