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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.

Texans and New Yorkers, here’s your chance to get cheap tickets to Hawaii. Although there’s limited availability, you can fly from Newark (EWR) and Houston (IAH) to Honolulu (HNL) and Lihue (LIH) from $294 round-trip. Those on the West Coast have great options too, with low fares available from Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Portland (PDX) and San Diego (SAN) — starting at $275 round-trip.

Most fares are in basic economy, but keep in mind you can get around some of the restrictions by holding an airline’s co-branded credit card. Availability from Newark and Houston is scattered in late October and early November, while flights from other cities are available from November through February 2019.

Frustrated that there aren’t low fares from your city? Well, you might want to check out miles and points options to get to Hawaii instead. If you’re looking to do some exploring, check out Get Your Guide for a list of the best activities in Hawaii.

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airlines: American, Alaska, Delta, United
Cost: $275+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: October to November 2018
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: PricelineOrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Portland (PDX) to Honolulu (HNL) for $275 round-trip on Sun Country:

San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL) for $275 round-trip on United:

Seattle (SEA) to Honolulu (HNL) for $285 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) for $285 round-trip on Alaska:

Houston (IAH) to Honolulu (HNL) for $294 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy

Houston (IAH) to Lihue (LIH) for $294 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy

Newark (EWR) to Honolulu (HNL) for $298 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy

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 ReserveCiti Premier, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

H/T: The Flight Deal

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