Deal Alert: East and West Coast to Hawaii for $374 Round-Trip
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Wow! The Hawaii flight deals continue. Last week, we saw sub-$300 flight deals from California and a few days ago we saw ~$400 round-trip deals from AA hubs. Now, we are seeing an "attack fare" by American Airlines targeting Delta hubs, offering fares as low as $374 round-trip.
Update: Delta has countered American Airlines' attack fare on its hubs by attacking AA hubs of Miami (MIA), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Phoenix (PHX) and Philadelphia (PHL)
The bad news is that the dates for this excellent deal are limited. I'm only seeing the $374 round-trip pricing on departures spanning between January 16 and March 7. For those looking for an early-year mileage run: there's no requirement for a Saturday night stay and there are even some same-day options. Start your search on Google Flights, and then you can book directly with the airline.
Airline: American Airlines, Delta
Routes: ATL/SLC/MSP/LAS/MIA/DFW/PHX/PHL to HNL/OGG
Cost: $374+ round-trip in economy
Dates: mid-January to early-March 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 (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Atlanta (ATL) to Honolulu (HNL) for $374 round-trip:
Minneapolis (MSP) to Honolulu (HNL) for $374 round-trip:
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Honolulu (HNL) for $374 round-trip:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Honolulu (HNL) for $374 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 (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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