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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, 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, 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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With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees