• Can I upgrade my economy flight to first class using miles?

    Posted by Taryn on October 26, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    I’d like to fly from Honolulu to Boston on Hawaiian Airlines.

    Economy tickets are 50K per person one way. The first-class tickets are 130K per person one way. The one-way cash price of economy is $335-$475 depending on fare class (main basic, main, main refundable).

    The upgrade from a revenue fare from Hawaii to North America is listed as 25K-50K one way.

    Does anyone know if there are restrictions/capacity controls on these upgrades? And what main cabin fare is upgradeable?

    The page does not specify, just that the ticket must be a revenue ticket.

    Basically, if I book an economy ticket on a flight that has seats in first class, am I guaranteed the ability to upgrade for 25K-50K miles?

    May be an image of text that says 'One Way Flight Awards Neighbo Island Upgrade North America Hawaii Jpgrade Samoa Tahiti, Rarotonga Hawaii First/Business Saver 7,500 Business Class* Australia Hawaii Upgrade Business Class* 25,000 First/Business Flex 15,000 New Zealand -Hawaii Upgrade Business Class* 30,000 50,000 Japan Hawaii Upgrade Business Class* 45,000 60,000 Korea Hawaii Upgrade Business Class* 45,000 90,000 45,000 90,000 45,000 90,000 *Stopovers not permitted. Award levels based on redemption from single account. U.S. citizens traveling must present return ticket time check-in. 90,000 an international destination'

    Scottie replied 1 month, 1 week ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Jackie

    October 26, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    As long as there are seats available at the 130K price, then you call in and upgrade for 50K with a main fare.

  • Leonard

    October 26, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    Use expert flyer. A space is 25k upgrade. If you see a bookable 130k it can be saver or flex. I pay cash regular economy all the time then upgrade with points.

  • Scottie

    October 26, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    I did this with a trip from ICN to HNL. Hawaiian Airlines support is in the Philippines and here in Hawaii, their call center has a reputation for being not great so YMMV

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