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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 been a few weeks since our last deal alert for Hawaii-bound flights, but low rates are back today for flights originating across the US. You’ll find these fares on American and United, with prices starting at $488 from most other origin cities.

Two of the lowest priced fares we found to Honolulu (HNL) originate in Portland (PDX) and Seattle (SEA), and start at $398 nonstop on Hawaiian Airlines. United is offering most of the discounted flights from other parts of the country, including Dallas (DFW), Miami (MIA) and Philadelphia (PHL). These flights start at about $488, and almost all of them include a short layover. American also has some deals for as low as $488, such as Chicago (ORD) to Honolulu (HNL). Note that these fares aren’t limited to the cities listed above — you should find similarly priced flights from several additional cities.

Airline(s): American, Hawaiian and United
Route(s): DFW, MIA, ORD, PHL, and more to HNL
Cost: $488+ round-trip in economy
Dates: Through summer 2016 (varies based on origin)
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 7,919 premier-qualifying miles or 8,657 elite-qualifying miles
Fare Class: K or O
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Honolulu (HNL) for $488 on United (earns 10,150 PQMs):

Philadelphia (PHL) to Honolulu (HNL) for $488 on United.

Dallas (DFW) to Honolulu (HNL) for $488 on United (earns 7,919 PQMs):

Dallas (DFW) to Honolulu for $488 in on United.

Miami (MIA) to Honolulu (HNL) for $488 on United (earns 9,941 PQMs):

Miami (MIA) to Honolulu (HNL) for $488 on United.

Chicago (ORD) to Honolulu (HNL) for $488 on American (earns 8,657 EQMs):

Chicago (ORD) to Honolulu (HNL) for $488 on American.

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.

H/T: The Flight Deal

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