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This morning, Virgin America launched nonstop service from San Francisco to Honolulu (HNL). On December 3, Virgin plans to add another route, flying from San Francisco to Maui (OGG). Virgin is currently offering discounted fares on its new flight to Maui for $199 or 8,558 Elevate points each way. Of course it’s also possible to book flights connecting from other Virgin America cities, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, though you’ll need to spend a bit more.

Plenty of airlines currently fly from the US mainland to Hawaii, including American, Delta, United, Alaska and of course Hawaiian, but most airlines typically operate their oldest, least appealing aircraft on Hawaii flights, which are less often filled with business travelers than other routes. Virgin, however, offers newer planes, in-flight entertainment at every seat and will be adding Wi-Fi to Hawaii routes beginning in 2016.

San Francisco to Honolulu for $169 one-way.
San Francisco to Honolulu for $169 one-way.

For a limited time, the airline is offering one-way fares to Honolulu starting at $169 or 7,297 Elevate points each way. If you’re short on Elevate points, you can transfer from American Express Membership Rewards (earned with cards like the The Platinum from American Express or Premier Rewards Gold from American Express) or Citi ThankYou (earned with cards like Citi Prestige or ThankYou Premier). Through the end of the year, you can also earn Gold status with Virgin America when you transfer 80,000 Membership Rewards points, giving you lounge access, free upgrades to Main Cabin Select and a 100% bonus on the Elevate points you’ll earn for paid tickets.

If you’re flying Virgin America before November 19, be sure to register to earn double Elevate points!

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
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