Destinations Marathons

American Airlines Off-Peak Awards – Hawaii

Off-peak awards are great – it gives you a chance to stretch your miles and be able to experience more places for less. Unfortunately, not every airline publishes off-peak awards. The good news is that American Airlines is one that does have these special awards. We will break down each of the zones that American Airlines uses for their off-peak awards, starting with Hawaii.

American Airlines Off-Peak Awards – Hawaii

American Airlines offers several off-peak awards and they actually have a couple of ways that their off-peak awards are better than US Airways. For example, the awards themselves do not only need to be on AA flights (US Airway off-peak awards must only be on US Airway flights) and you can book one-way awards with AA (US Airway awards must be round-trip). Given the amount of flights that these advantages give us at a decreased level, the American Airline off-peak awards should definitely not be missed.

North America, Central America, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela to Hawaii


  • Regular award rate in coach – 22,500 miles one-way
  • Off-peak award rate in coach – 17,500 miles one way (with some pricing at 15,000 one-way)
  • Off-peak dates – January 12 – March 13, August 22 – December 15

South America to Hawaii (some countries)

This is actually pretty wide ranging since it involves South American countries in the travel to Hawaii. So, not only can you fly from anywhere in North America to Hawaii roundtrip for 35,000 miles, but you could also fly from, for example, Peru to Hawaii roundtrip for 35,000 miles!

This is much better than other airlines as United charges 50,000 miles for that roundtrip and Delta charges 55,000 miles for that roundtrip. Using American Airlines and their off-peak awards can save you 15,000 – 20,000 miles for that route!

I understand that it is not a route that everyone is likely to fly, but it is nice to have it as an option, especially if you wanted to have a longer vacation and hit more countries on your trip. You can mix and match the zones as well as one-ways (we will put all of that together below).

American Airlines off-peak

15,000 miles for a one-way from Lima, Peru to Hawaii!

To make it even more interesting, some times the AA award for such an itinerary will actually price out at 15,000 miles for a one-way instead of 17,500! Sure, it is only a 2,500 mile difference, but that is one incredible deal to get to go from South America to Hawaii for only 15,000 miles! That same exact itinerary actually costs over $1,100, meaning you can get a value of 7.3 cents per mile flying in coach! That is a pretty stellar redemption, but again, not everyone will be flying from Peru to Hawaii! 🙂

North America to Hawaii

Availability to Hawaii during AA’s off-peak schedule is pretty decent. Yes, you may have to go through a couple of layovers depending on your departure airport, but it is still ok. One of the great things about AA’s off-peak calendar is that it encompasses 4 of the big Hawaii marathons! That means, you can mix vacation with racing and take advantage of this off-peak pricing to swing over to Hawaii for a race while only paying 10,000 more miles than you would for a domestic ticket!

American Airlines off-peak

Perfect flight for one of Hawaii’s marathons!

Of course, the reason these are off-peak times is because it is not the best of times to visit Hawaii, but that does not mean that weather will be bad! In fact, it could be the best time to visit for the budget traveler as even hotels will be cheaper and AA’s schedule covers 176 days out of the year with off-peak pricing! Not bad!


To book these tickets, there is nothing special you need to do. The off-peak schedule is already in the award engine so you just search for your ticket and pick your flights to go! AA offers a hold option so you can hold the ticket before actually ticketing it if you are unsure but don’t want to lose the ticket. Other than that, just book it and get ready to go!

One of the great things about AA and their off-peak pricing is the fact that one-ways are half price of a roundtrip. This enables you to assemble several interesting options that we will look at as we break down some of the other off-peak destinations. For an example to show you what is possible, let’s say that you want to go on a big trip so you hit Hawaii first (17,500 miles) and then want to go to Europe for a few days (20,000 miles). Even counting your return (20,000 miles), you are looking at a pretty great trip to many places for less than what other airlines just charge to go to Europe and back!

Off-peak awards are a great use for your AA miles. They are also some of the awards that are most likely merger-proof since they are only available in coach. So, if you do not have enough miles right now, you should have plenty of time to rack them up.

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • Really annoying about the Lima thing. I booked a DFW-HNL flight at 17,500 one-way but you can apparently go much further on fewer points? Seems silly to me that LIM-HNL via DFW is 15K and DFW-HNL direct is 17.5K

    Makes me wonder if you could book at LIM-HNL flight and just skip the first leg.

    • I know – sometimes award charts just don’t make sense! Unfortunately, you can never skip the first part of an itinerary. Once a leg is skipped, the rest of the itinerary is cancelled. The only leg that can be skipped is the final leg – just make sure you don’t have baggage checked! 🙂

  • Pardon me but I don’t understand how to skip the final leg, in your example of itinerary from Lima to Kahului, it will go like this: LIM – DFW(layover) – LAX(layover) – OGG.
    So I can skip the final leg which is LAX-OGG? then how to get to OGG from DFW? as far as I know, AA online system engine will decide the routing automatically when you enter your origin which is LIM and destination which is OGG. Or is there any workaround to make the routing according your preferences?

    • You can skip the final leg of any trip, as long as you do not have a return segment. In other words, a final leg is the last leg of a trip whether it is a one-way or roundtrip. You can skip the LAX-OGG, but now you are in LAX. You would have to have a separate ticket to go somewhere else. As for selecting the DFW – OGG flight, that has to have award availability. If the availability is there, it will show up in the results. The AA engine does not pick for you but it does offer up all various options at the saver award level. If it is not available, that means there is no saver inventory (right then).