I've purchased Star class tix SYD-HNL-SYD. I also plan to go to mainland USA from Hawaii, but there isn't much in the way of good fares, comfortable aircraft, decent airline etc.
Also the JQ flight from Syd to HNL is partially overnight (yuk)..
Now I have found i can redeem 2 tix in PE on QF from BNE to LAX.. the flight is only 13 hrs, plus mostly during day so no deprived sleep dramas... it wastes 72,000 points...but then I get $1000 per person back from refunding one leg of the Star class journey..plus it saves whatever the HNL-SFO oneway so maybe another $250 or so..
I am in two minds.. is PE worth wasting 72,000 points ? Could I better use those points to get in and out of hnl and just stick with my original tickets..