Deal Alert: East Coast to Hawaii From $325 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 Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11:00pm 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 Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Just a few days ago we shared a Hawaii deal round-up from Phoenix, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle and Atlanta to Hawaii from just $316 round-trip. Now, airlines are adding even more cities to the incredible deal. In addition to the previous fares still available, we are seeing Houston (IAH), Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) to Hawaii starting at $325 round-trip.
You can find the cheapest fares for travel from August through early December. There are no tricks needed to find these fares — just head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. After finding the dates that work best for you, book with the airline directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal.
As with the other Hawaii deals we've come across, if you're looking to pay as little out of pocket as possible, you may be best off booking these flights by redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards points (opposed to converting them into airline miles). As a reminder, Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders can redeem UR points at 1.5 cents each, meaning that some of these options can be booked from around 21,700 points round-trip. Plus, if you’re flying with American Airlines, you can earn extra award miles and AAdvantge Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) by booking Special Fares through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.
Airline: United, Hawaiian, American
Routes: EWR/IAH/SFO to KOA/LIH
Cost: $325+ round-trip in economy
Dates: August to early-December
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia, Chase travel portal or directly with the airline.
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Kona (KOA) for $325 round-trip on United/Hawaiian:
Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to Kona (KOA) for $325 round-trip on United/Hawaiian:
Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to Lihue (LIH) for $329 round-trip on United:
Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to Lihue (LIH) for $334 round-trip on American:
San Francisco (SFO) to Lihue (LIH) for $334 round-trip on American:
Newark (EWR) to Lihue (LIH) for $342 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 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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