Deal Alert: West Coast to Hawaii from $337 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 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 Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Thinking of flying away from the winter chills to a warm tropical paradise? Then today’s a good day to look at flights to the Hawaiian Islands. Right now we’re seeing low prices 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 $337 round-trip.
Depending on your departure city, these airfares are available as early as January and as late as November, with the exception of the summer months. You don’t need any tricks to find these flights, so just use Google Flights to search for the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. All these itineraries are either nonstop or have a short connection in San Francisco (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX).
Most of these flights are regular main cabin fares, but a handful of them are in Basic Economy, mostly on Delta. Therefore, we’ve shown regular fares on other airlines whenever available, but if you book a Basic Economy fare, make sure you have the right co-branded credit card to defeat the restrictions on carry ons and boarding priority.
Airline: Hawaiian, Delta, United
Routes: SJC/SFO/SEA/PDX/DEN/SMF/SAN/OAK/LAX to OGG/KOA/HNL/LIH
Cost: $337+ 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 (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
San Jose (SJC) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $337 round-trip via Orbitz:
Seattle (SEA) to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (KOA) for $353 round-trip via Orbitz:
San Francisco (SFO) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $353 round-trip via Hawaiian:
Oakland (OAK) to Honolulu, Oahu (HNL) for $357 round-trip via Orbitz:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Lihue, Kauai (LIH) for $367 round-trip via Orbitz:
Denver (DEN) to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (KOA) for $362 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy via Orbitz:
San Diego (SAN) to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (KOA) for $372 round-trip via Orbitz:
Sacramento (SMF) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $372 round-trip via Orbitz:
Portland (PDX) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $372 round-trip via Orbitz:
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.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler
Featured image of the Koʻolau mountain range in Hawaii by gangliu10 / Getty Images.
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