Deal Alert: Flights to Hawaii From $291, or Fewer Than 20,000 Points Round-Trip

Jan 27, 2019

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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.

If you’re looking to head to Hawaii this winter, there are a slew of great ways to do so. Alaska has nonstop flights from the West Coast to Hawaii for just $291 round-trip, which you can book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal to pay just 19,400 points.

Also, Delta is running a flash sale, letting SkyMiles members book award flights to Hawaii. While the published routes cost no less than 28,000 miles round-trip, we found at least one that’s just 22,000 miles round-trip. At current TPG valuations, 22,000 SkyMiles are worth approximately $264. Adding in taxes and fees starting at $11, this is equivalent to scoring flights to Hawaii for just $275 round-trip.

Finally, American Airlines has some Economy Web Special routes to Hawaii that are currently starting at just 24,000 miles. At current TPG valuations, 24,000 AAdvantage miles are worth around $336. With taxes/fees of $11, this is like paying $347 round-trip.

If you’re looking to do some exploring, check out Get Your Guide for a list of the best activities in Hawaii.

Airline: Alaska, Delta, American Airlines
Routes: SAN/OAK/SEA/PDX/LAX/SEA to KOA/LIH/HNL
Cost: $291+, 19,400 points or 22,000 miles round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: February – May or August – December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® CardCiti Prestige (5x on airfare plus trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

San Diego (SAN) to Kona (KOA) for $291 or 19,413 Chase Ultimate Rewards points round-trip:

Oakland (OAK) to Kona (KOA) for $291 or 19,413 Chase Ultimate Rewards points round-trip:

Seattle (SEA) to Kona (KOA) for $299 or 19,946 Chase Ultimate Rewards points round-trip:

Portland (PDX) to Lihue (LIH) for $299 or 19,946 Chase Ultimate Rewards points round-trip:

San Diego (SAN) to Lihue (LIH) for 22,000 SkyMiles + $11 round-trip:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) for 24,000 AAdvantage miles + $11 round-trip nonstop:

Seattle (SEA) to Lihue (LIH) for 28,000 SkyMiles + $11 round-trip nonstop:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Lihue (LIH) for 29,000 SkyMiles + $11 round-trip nonstop:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Kona (KOA) for 30,000 SkyMiles + $11 round-trip nonstop:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), American Express® Gold CardChase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier, 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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