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Cheap Flights from NYC To Hawaii: From $365 Total Roundtrip!

by on February 15, 2013 · 9 comments

in American, Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, Mileage Runs, United

I love Hawaii and know few people who haven’t had amazing times visiting. Growing up on the east coast we always opted for the Caribbean for tropical vacations and I never understood why east coasters would trek all the way to the Pacific until I went to Kauai for the first time and fell in love with the Island. Since, I’ve been to Maui, but plan to visit many more times in the future since each island has it’s own unique character.

I love a fare war- to a destination that I actually want to visit!

I love a fare war- to a destination that I actually want to visit!

If you live in the NYC area and want to see what Hawaii is all about, there’s currently an airfare war going on, bringing prices below $400 total roundtrip- including taxes. Hawaiian Airlines, who started flying JFK- Honolulu last year on their A330 aircraft, seems to be leading the charge with fares to Honolulu as low as $375 roundtrip and Maui and Kauai for as low as $388. American and United aren’t far behind, but their fares seem to be in the low 400′s depending on the date and route. Sadly, Hawaiian is partners with Delta, but Delta does not allow mileage accrual for flights from the mainland US to Hawaii. You can bank to partners like Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Korean, ANA and others- but just double check that the fare class you purchase earns full mileage.

$365 total roundtrip JFK-HNL on Hawaiian this March.. Spring break anyone?

$365 total roundtrip JFK-HNL on Hawaiian this March.. Spring break anyone?

You can play around with dates on the airline websites, but I prefer to use the ITA Matrix search engine that allows month-long searches of all airlines so you can better compare options on different carriers.
http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ -> Enter NYC and then whatever island you want to search for and the number of days and hit search.

NYC- Kauai monthlong results

NYC- Kauai monthlong results

You’ll see a list of dates and you can also filter by carrier. Note: This isn’t 100% accurate and you can’t book through ITA- you need to find cheap fare dates and then book through the airline or your preferred online travel agency. Check out this post for maximizing airfare purchases through credit cards and portals.

I don’t imagine these fares will last long, so I’d recommend booking sooner than later. Most airline and online travel agencies will either let you hold (American) or refund your purchase within 24 hours. On American and United you can route through out of the way hubs, like Houston and Dallas to maximize your miles (and upgrade potential). The lowest fares I’ve seen are from NYC, but if you notice any other good deals from other cities, please share in the comments!

Hat tip Flyertalk

Related posts to help plan your trip:
Travel Tuesday Top 10 Hotels to Stretch Your Points in Hawaii
Destination of the Week: The Big Island
Destination of the Week: Oahu
Destination of the Week: Maui
Destination of the Week: Kauai

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  • http://twitter.com/jesuisxtc x†c

    just wondering how much are these fares usually?

  • thepointsguy

    If you look at the delta fares they are $800s! $500 is usually a pretty decent peak fare but can go over $1000 based on season

  • Heather

    I wonder if they have 1st class tickets that are at reduced prices? ;)

  • Chris

    “Sadly, Hawaiian is partners with Delta, but Delta does not allow mileage accrual for flights from the mainland US to Hawaii”

    –I assume this refers to flights on Hawaiian Air–not Delta metal, correct?

  • monster

    Why wouldn’t you credit the flight directly to HawaiianMiles? If you don’t have any use for them directly (like for inter-island flights), you can always transfer them at a 1:2 ratio to Hilton HHonors.

  • Moj

    these are the lowest fares i’ve ever seen (HNL-JFK) anf i live in Hawaii. We cant even get to LasVegas for these prices. In fact, this is even cheaper than when Hawaiian Airlines started up HNL-JFK service and hads their obligatory introductory offer (those were in the low $400′s). Jump on it- its a stone cold bargain. Agree with TPG… Kauai is THE (imho) BEST island, laid back with some ol Hawaiian charm. Oahu, where i’m from is just another metropolis (but at least its a metropolis in Paradise!)

  • JRL

    Just fare-locked LGA-IAH-HNL-DEN-IAH-LGA. 1 night in paradise for $396.
    3.6 cents/mile sans premier bonus. Finally the return of the mileage run…

  • Richie Rich

    JRL, can you explain what LGA-IAH-HNL-DEN-IAH-LGA represents? Did you just find continuos 1 way flights?

  • EGW

    When is the best time to buy Chicago to Hawaii? Do you see a similar bidding war coming for those fares? I am going on my honeymoon from July 1st – July 10th and have been waiting for a good fare…

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