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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.
Flight deals to Hawaii are back this week. Travelers can find discounted airfare from a few cities around the US for travel dates this winter and spring. A trip to Hawaii is a great way to escape the cold, and there are plenty of opportunities to both earn and redeem points and miles for flights if the deal isn’t available from your city.
The cheapest fare we found from the East Coast is for flights between Philadelphia (PHL) and Kona, Hawaii (KOA), priced at $521. There are also deals from Dallas (DFW) and St. Louis (STL) to Kona for $491 and $501, respectively. Depending on the origin, travel dates are available between December 2015 and May 2016, although you might be able to find some dates outside of this window.
Routes: DFW, PHL, STL and more to Kona, Hawaii
Cost: $491+ round-trip in economy
Dates: December 2015 through May 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 7,713 premier-qualifying miles
Fare Class: K
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:
Dallas (DFW) to Kona, Hawaii (KOA) for $491 on United (earns 7,713 PQMs):
St. Louis (STL) to Kona, Hawaii (KOA) for $501 on United (earns 8,202 PQMs):
Philadelphia (PHL) to Kona, Hawaii (KOA) for $521 on United (earns 9,782 PQMs):
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
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.