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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 the 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.
Cheap flights to Hawaii continue to amaze! American Airlines, Alaska, Hawaiian and United are currently offering flights from tons of cities including Denver (DEN), Newark (EWR), Houston (IAH), Oakland (OAK), Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA), San Jose (SJC), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL), Kona (KOA), Lihue (LIH) and Maui (OGG) from $353 round-trip. Most flights are available in the fall and winter months. Although limited, there are scattered dates in September and October 2018 and late January 2019 for discounted fares from Newark to Honolulu and Maui from $365 round-trip.
To book, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. After finding the dates that work best for you, book with with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline or directly with the airline.
Airlines: American, Alaska, Hawaiian, United
Routes: DEN/EWR/IAH/LAX/OAK/PDX/SAN/SEA/SFO/SJC to HNL/KOA/LIH/OGG
Cost: $353+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2018 – February 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, 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:
San Francisco (SFO) to Kona (KOA) in December for $353 round-trip on Hawaiian:
Houston (IAH) to Honolulu (HNL) in September for $354 round-trip on American:
Oakland (OAK) to Lihue (LIH) in February 2019 for $357 round-trip on Hawaiian:
Seattle (SEA) to Honolulu (HNL) in October for $363 round-trip on Hawaiian:
Newark (EWR) to Maui (OGG) in October for $365 round-trip on United:
Newark (EWR) to Honolulu (HNL) in September for $384 round-trip on American:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold 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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This cash back card has a focus on dining and entertainment where you can earn unlimited 4% cash back in those spending categories. You can also earn 2% cash back at grocery stores and 1% cash back on all other purchases.
- Earn a one-time $500 cash bonus after you spend $3000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening
- Earn unlimited 4% cash back on dining and entertainment, 2% at grocery stores and 1% on all other purchases
- No rotating categories or sign-ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus cash back won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how much you can earn
- No foreign transaction fees
- Access to premium experiences in dining, entertainment and more
- $0 intro annual fee for the first year, $95 after that