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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Wednesday night, we wrote about how American began attacking fares from Delta hubs. Thursday morning, Delta responded with an attack on AA hubs. Now, we have an all-out fare war for flights to Hawaii. Right now, we’re seeing 22 US cities with tickets available to Hawaii for under $400 round-trip, with even more cities added each time we look.
Dates vary by departure city. Most of the outstanding deals are limited to departures from January through March 2018, but make sure to look at the calendar on Google Flights to see which dates work from your city. Then you can complete booking directly with the airline.
Airline: Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Hawaii
Routes: The lowest price, route and airline are listed. However, there may be other routes from some cities for under $400 round-trip.
Lower 48 Hawaii Price Airline ATL HNL $354 American BLI OGG $357 Alaska CVG HNL $354 American DAL HNL $374 Delta DEN KOA $362 Delta DFW HNL/OGG $374 Delta DTW HNL/OGG $354 American LAS HNL $354 American LAX LIH $377 Hawaiian MEM HNL $359 American MIA HNL $374 Delta MSP HNL/OGG $354 American OAK HNL/KOA $357 Alaska/Hawaiian PDX OGG/HNL/KOA $372 United/Alaska/Hawaiian PHL HNL $374 Delta PHX HNL $374 Delta SAN LIH $335 Hawaiian SEA KOA $344 Delta SFO KOA $353 Hawaiian SJC OGG $336 Alaska/Hawaiian SLC HNL $354 American SMF OGG $355 Hawaiian
Cost: $335+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January to May 2018
Booking Link: Expedia or with the airline directly
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
San Diego (SAN) to Lihue (LIH) for $335 round-trip:
San Jose (SJC) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $336 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Kona (KOA) for $344 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:
Atlanta (ATL) to Honolulu (HNL) for $354 round-trip:
Minneapolis (MSP) to Honolulu (HNL) for $354 round-trip:
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Honolulu (HNL) for $354 round-trip:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Honolulu (HNL) for $354 round-trip:
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Kahului (OGG) for $374 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:
Miami (MIA) to Honolulu (HNL) for $374 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Honolulu (HNL) for $374 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:
Phoenix (PHX) to Honolulu (HNL) for $374 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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: Thrifty Traveler Premium for the original deal, Scott’s Cheap Flights for the expansions.
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