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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.

The fare war for flights to Hawaii continues to impress! We’re currently seeing flights from cities on both coasts to Kona (KOA) and Lihue (LIH) from $337 round-trip. The discounted fares are being offered by American, Hawaiian and United and are available for departures from October to December, depending on the route.

No tricks are needed to find these bargains — just find the dates that work best with you by searching with Google Flights, then book with the airline directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. As a reminder, Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders can redeem UR points at 1.5 cents each, meaning that some of these options are under 23,000 points round-trip.

Airline: American, Hawaiian, United
Routes: DTW/EWR/PDX/SAN/SEA/SFO to KOA/LIH
Cost: $337+ round-trip in economy
Dates: October – December 2018
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, 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) for $337 round-trip in November on United:

San Diego (SAN) to Kona (KOA) for $345 round-trip in November on Hawaiian via Expedia:

Detroit (DTW) to Lihue (LIH) for $354 round-trip in December on United:

Newark (EWR) to Kona (KOA) for $354 round-trip in October 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, American Express® Gold Card 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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