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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel.
It’s rare that we see fares from New York to Hawaii for less than $800 round-trip, so if you’re looking to book a trip to the Aloha state, now’s the time to do it. Per The Flight Deal, you can fly from Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD) or Houston (IAH) to Honolulu (HNL), Kauai (LIH), Maui (OGG) or Kona (KOA) for $541 or $551 round-trip. These flights are on American (most are operated by US Air) and are available from August through the end of the schedule in May 2016.
And as The Flight Deal points out, these fares book into W class, which earns 100% elite-qualifying points on AA. If you participate in a status challenge for $250 and fly from New York, you can earn AAdvantage Platinum status after completing just one of these round-trips.
Route(s): EWR, ORD, IAH to HNL, LIH, OGG, KOA
Booking Link: Orbitz
Some deals we found:
Newark (EWR) – Honolulu (HNL) for $541 on AA (earns 10,080 EQPs):
Newark (EWR) – Kauai (LIH) for $551 on AA (earns 10,200 EQPs):
Chicago (ORD) – Maui (OGG) for $551 on AA (earns 8,440 EQPs):
Houston (IAH) – Kona (KOA) for $551 on AA (earns 7,720 EQPs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.