It is possible to book on one ticket, but the price will be the sum of the individual MEL-AKL and AKL-HNL legs.I found when attempting booking MEL-AKL-HNL, I could not get a booking on VA for MEL-AKL and then on to HNL. No matter what the operator(s) did, it would not find the HA availability if going from MEL. Did add in the HNL-KOA leg without issue, which I feel is more important to us as that way were protectedif delayed into HNL.
I understand what youryo saying, but half an hour with the agent failed to produce a result. HUACA attempts also failed. VA availaibilit existed for MEL-AKL, and HA existed AKL-HNL, but no way the two would marry up. Once the VA flight was selected, the HA availiaavail disappeared.It is possible to book on one ticket, but the price will be the sum of the individual MEL-AKL and AKL-HNL legs.
You need to get the operator to search for AKL-HNL availability on HA. Then, find a separate VA flight from MEL to AKL that connects. HA does not fly out of MEL so no wonder the operator could not find HA availability from there.
I know this is a virgin thread, but if you have Qantas points, they recently announced they are flying their 747’s to HNL until end of August 2019. I recently booked 3 J seats on the 747’s, and there was a lot of availability as of ~20 Dec.Right, I'm planning early a year in advance, I want to be in Hawaii for thanksgiving 2019. Don't mind if I have to fly out of Brisbane or Sydney (I'm in Melbourne so I'll need a domestic connection regardless). To confirm, do you search for J availability via aa.com and then call Virgin to confirm and make the booking?
I'd much rather connect intl-intl in AKL than dom-intl in SYD, and I reckon the additional flight time to AKL is worth the easier transit. But, if you were forced into an overnight in AKL, certainly SYD is a better option.A reminder that its worth checking your dates often as HA release awards all over the place. Originally I found and booked 2 x J HNL-AKL-MEL with HA/QF back in July 2018 flying in April 2019 using AA Miles. Nothing via SYD/BNE
Today changed it to 2 x J HNL-SYD-MEL, flying on the same date in April 2019 but it avoids an overnight layover in AKL on our way home, and puts us on a QF A330 which we've never flown in.
Yes, but seats to the US mainland from HNL are also limited. You probably won't find any availability on HNL-LAX (but might to other US destinations).I've read through this thread, but it looks like most people were just redeeming to HNL. Is it possible to book reward seats onwards to the US mainland, e.g. SYD-xHNL-LAX?
I think they are on different award charts so can't be combined for Velocity redemptions.If you are interested in continuing on to the US mainland with VA points, it's also worth looking at DL availability. I don't know from experience that DL and HA awards can be combined in one award, but I'm presuming it is possible.
In some cases this could be fairly efficient, for example BNE-HNL-ATL is 9187 miles, and BNE-LAX-ATL is 9107.
Indeed they are on different award charts. DL would offer a lower points redemption vs. HA.I think they are on different award charts so can't be combined for Velocity redemptions.
Jobeki111, how'd you go on this trip to LAX with 2 little ones in PE & J?? The transit & long flight time?MooTime...We travelled that exact route with our 2yo and 6mo recently. The 2yo had a seat, the 6mo was a lap infant. If you are travelling with a partner as well the 2/2/2 layout can actually work well as if you get a window you can kind of trap them by extending the aisle seat. Easier with a non-walking 6mo than a 1y old tho. On the way over it was kind of a non- event though as they slept for about 6h due to the late departure. People dreaded us when they saw us and The first 30-45 min was a bit angsty until they turned the lights off when we breathed a sigh of relief . Eat prior if you can as the food is ok but nothing special and it frees up time to deal with the little terrors. We did have one couple compliment us getting off the plane which was nice. The return journey was a day flight and proved a bit more problematic but nothing major!
Hawaiian crew were great with the kids! Service was pretty good... their are mixed reports on that front however but I didn’t have any complaints. The seats themselves were reasonable and as mentioned I felt were actually better than 1-2-1 for a family with a child. If your child doesn’t have troubles with their ears I and they are a good sleeper OR love IPads (HA provide iPad Pro as IFE) think they’ll be fine. We are going to see how we go in Aug. with the 2 kids in VA PE and then J on return to LAX so I can do a true comparison then with 1-2-1. That scares me a bit as we will spend nearly 24h in transit and the VA departure from Bris is mid-morning. Time will tell!!!