Deal Alert: Flights to Hawaii From $284 — or Fewer Than 19,000 Points — 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 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.
Looking for a last-minute getaway to Hawaii? If you live in a United hub, you're in luck. American Airlines is continuing its attack fares on competitor home bases today with sub-$300 fares from Houston, Denver, San Francisco and Newark. And, Alaska has a solid fare from Salt Lake City to Kona that's worth adding to the round-up. The only problem: these fares are only good through mid-December, so you're going to have to plan a trip quickly!
If you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 1.5 cents per point to score these flights for fewer than 19,000 points round-trip through the new Expedia-powered travel portal. If you're using Chase points, find a cheap flight through Google Flights, log into the Ultimate Rewards portal travel landing page and book the flights you found.
Otherwise, 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. If you're paying with cash, click through to the airline or online travel agency (OTA) to book the deal. These fares aren't showing up when I search them directly on AA's website; you must click through Google Flights to have the fare populate on AA's website.
Airlines: American Airlines, Alaska
Routes: IAH/DEN/SFO/EWR/SLC to HNL/LIH/KOA
Cost: $284+ round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: October - December 2018
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Expedia, Priceline or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to Honolulu (HNL) for $284 — or 18,920 Chase Ultimate Rewards points — round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Denver (DEN) to Lihue (LIH) for $284 — or 18,920 Chase Ultimate Rewards points — round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
San Francisco (SFO) to Lihue (LIH) for $284 — or 18,920 Chase Ultimate Rewards points — round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Newark (EWR) to Lihue (LIH) for $292 — or 19,466 Chase Ultimate Rewards points — round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Kona (KOA) for $302 — or 20,120 Chase Ultimate Rewards points — round-trip on Alaska Airlines:
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® Gold Card, Citi Premier, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.