Deal Alert: West Coast to Hawaii from $336 Round-Trip
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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 Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express,, 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 Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
With low temperatures blanketing much of the US right now, your mind might be drifting to thoughts of blue skies and sandy beaches. Well, there's no better place to get away from the cold than the Hawaiian Islands, and today you can find flights to all four of the major Aloha State airports — Honolulu (HNL), Lihue (LIH), Maui (OGG) and Kailua-Kona (KOA) — from multiple cities on the west coast starting as low as $336 round-trip.
Depending on your departure city, these airfares are available as early as January and as late as November 2018, with the exception of the summer months. You don't need any tricks to get these prices, so just use Google Flights to pick the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Most itinerary options are either nonstop or have a short connection in San Francisco (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX).
A few of these flights are in Basic Economy, but most of them are regular main cabin fares, so on the majority of these itineraries you won't have to worry about bringing a bag into the cabin or getting an advance seat assignment.
Airline: Hawaiian, Delta, United
Routes: SJC/SFO/SEA/DEN/SMF/SAN/OAK/LAX to HNL/OGG/KOA/LIH
Cost: $336+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January-November 2018 (except the summer months)
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or with the airline directly
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
San Jose (SJC) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $336 round-trip via Hawaiian:
San Francisco (SFO) to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (KOA) for $353 round-trip via Orbitz:
Seattle (SEA) to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (KOA) for $353 round-trip via Orbitz:
Denver (DEN) to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (KOA) for $362 round-trip in Basic Economy via Orbitz:
San Diego (SAN) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $362 round-trip via Orbitz:
Portland (PDX) to Honolulu, Oahu (HNL) for $362 round-trip via Orbitz:
Sacramento (SMF) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $362 round-trip via Orbitz:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Lihue, Kauai (LIH) for $376 round-trip via Hawaiian:
Oakland (OAK) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $376 round-trip via Hawaiian:
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 (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler