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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.
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 Citi Premier Card). 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!