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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.
Hawaii’s on sale from all over the US, with tickets starting as low as $317 round-trip from Phoenix (PHX)! Both American and United are attacking Delta hubs at Atlanta (ATL) and Detroit (DTW) — and Delta jumped in to defend its hubs. So, you have your choice of any of the three, and you can even fly right on to Maui at Kahului airport (OGG) in some cases — no need to purchase a separate intra-island flight from Honolulu. Tickets are generally available from February through May and then again from August through December, though exact availability will depend on the route, of course. You don’t need any tricks to get these airfares. Just find the dates you want by searching with Google Flights, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself.
Airline: American, Delta, United, Alaska
Routes: PHX/TUS/SAN/ABQ/SJC/AUS/ATL/DTW to HNL/OGG
Cost: $317+ round-trip in economy class
Dates: February-May and August-December, depending on the route
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Phoenix (PHX) to Kahului (OGG) for $317 round-trip on American:
Tuscon (TUS) to Kahului (OGG) for $334 round-trip on United:
San Diego (SAN) to Kahului (OGG) for $334 round-trip on United:
San Jose (SJC) to Honolulu (HNL) for $347 round-trip on Alaska:
Albuquerque (ABQ) to Kahului (OGG) for $348 round-trip on United:
Austin (AUS) to Honolulu (HNL) for $394 round-trip on Delta Basic Economy:
Atlanta (ATL) to Honolulu (HNL) for $440 round-trip on Delta Basic Economy:
Atlanta (ATL) to Honolulu (HNL) for $444 round-trip on American Airlines:
Detroit (DTW) to Honolulu (HNL) for $505 round-trip on Delta Basic Economy:
Detroit (DTW) to Honolulu (HNL) for $514 round-trip on United:
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.
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The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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