I’ve been trying to book a trip to Maui for the 4 of us using United miles, and I wanted to share a little tip:
Hawaiian Airlines (a UA partner) doesn’t make 4 award seats available between Kahalui, Maui (OGG) and Honolulu. That was causing a problem for me getting back from Maui (I wanted to connect in Honolulu to the Newark or Washington nonstops rather than having a short overnight flight to the West Coast).
There is another option that I wanted to pass along: United also partners with Island Air, and Island Air has several flights a day from Kapalua (on the West Coast of Maui, close to the hotels at Kaanapali) to Honolulu, and there is wide open availability for award travel back to Honolulu (5k miles each way) and a good connection back to Honolulu for those East Coast long-hauls. If you’ve tried to book a family trip, you may have run into the issue with Hawaiian Airlines trying to grab 4 award seats. This is an easy way to avoid that.