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Old May 7, 19, 1:07 pm
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(1) $1600 R/T in J from South America to Hawaii doesn't exactly sound like an awful fare to me. It's one of those routes where there's probably not a ton of regular travelers, but we're not talking $5k or something. Granted, every one of those three segments will be a narrowbody and not really a spectacular premium cabin experience. But at least it's a comfier way to Hawaii.

(2) If the goal is simply "an American beach", Florida or California will be somewhat less expensive. Everybody has personal preferences, but there are great beaches and a variety of different vibes to choose from in either state.

(3) If you go all the way to Hawaii, each of the four islands kind of has its own scene and style. (All of them obviously have beaches.) You might check them all out and check fares to the ones you are interested in. If you prefer a non-Oahu island, you might not need an HNL connection. There are lots of flights directly to the other islands.

If the AV miles get you to MIA, I might be tempted to just stop right there and enjoy South Beach.
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