I’m hoping someone can sanity check my logic, and tell me if there’s a better way to approach a trip I am planning for my partner and I in June/July 2018.
At this stage, we want to visit Hawaii, Canada (West Coast) and New York. We’re flexible in which order we visit, providing we’re not back tracking.
We have approx 300,000 Velocity points. We figure we’ll use this for one way travel in business. We’re then happy to buy a cash ticket, or buy miles, to use the other way.
My plan was:
PER-HNL via SYD/BNE: redeem Hawaiian Airlines business flight, as either a cash ticket (Virgin $2100ea) or buying AAdvantage miles (65k miles each) if there is a decent buy miles promo at the time. Availability seems very good.
After a few days in HNL we’ll visit a couple of other islands, and ultimately fly out of OGG to YVR. This will probably have to be a cash ticket. We would be open to flying somewhere else on the west coast of USA (e.g. SEA) if there was a reasonably priced award flight, but I’ve not come across anything decent.
Our trip in Canada is mostly driving. We’ll then book a cash ticket from YYC to JFK.
JFK-PER: we’d planned to transfer Velocity points to Krisflyer and redeem 2x business flights with Singapore Airlines (110k miles each). Availability seems pretty good when booking a year in advance, though it seems near impossible to find a Thursday or Friday departure flight - the latest I can find in the week is a Wednesday flight, arriving back in to Perth on a Friday. I figure we’d be best to throw our points on Singapore Airlines, as we’ve not flown business with them before and by all accounts it’s a great experience.
That said, if I’m missing a golden opportunity to maximise our miles/$$ then I’d love to hear it.