Aloha! The nation’s longest home flight is again, and you may book with miles

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The nation’s longest domestic route is about to make a comeback.

This will be done courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines, which announced on Wednesday October 21st that it would resume non-stop service from its hub in Honolulu to Boston and New York-JFK.

Flights to Boston begin on December 18th. Hawaiian offers two flights per week on an Airbus A330 wide-body jet. This will bring Hawaiian back the title of longest domestic flight in the United States. The route is 5,095 miles and the flight time is 11 hours, 35 minutes to the west and 9 hours, 30 minutes to the east.

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After New York, Hawaiian will resume service on December 15th. The airline will fly three flights a week, also with an Airbus A330. The non-stop travel from Honolulu-JFK is 4,983 miles and is scheduled for 11 hours and 20 minutes on the route to Hawaii.

Hawaiian service resumes on time for Christmas and the winter travel season, giving pent-up vacation seekers more options to get to Hawaii once winter hits the US

The move also comes as Hawaii slowly reopens to tourists. The state introduced a pre-travel test option as an alternative to a 14-day quarantine from October 15 for arriving travelers.

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This has helped Hawaii resume a flow of visitors that is vital to its tourism-heavy economy.

Until flights to New York and Boston resume, Hawaiian will resume flights to all 13 mainland US destinations on December 15 following flights to Long Beach, California.

“We’re excited about the increased demand for travel to Hawaii and we’re excited to once again offer our east coast guests the convenience of our non-stop flights as we welcome them to the islands with new health and safety measures,” said Brent Overbeek, Hawaiians Senior Vice president for revenue management and network planning said in a statement.

Travelers who wish to book a seat on the resumed routes have several miles options.

Flights can be booked on Hawaiian Airlines flights through the airline’s HawaiianMiles program. The program is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, so you can easily earn miles this way. However, the program uses dynamic pricing, so you can expect to pay 17,500 to 130,000 miles each way in the main cabin and 40,000 to 130,000 miles each way in first class. Fortunately, you can also redeem miles with several partner airlines to fly Hawaiian Airlines, including Korean Air SkyPass, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, and JetBlue TrueBlue.

There is currently sufficient rewards availability when booking with HawaiianMiles. A spot check on Wednesday night showed nonstop flights from Boston and New York JFK to Honolulu in January and found plenty of availability. For most of the dates, there were 30,000 one-way awards for Hawaii in the main cabin and 130,000 one-way awards for first class.

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TPG writer Katie Genter contributed to this story.

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