Deal Alert: Flights to Hawaii From $342 Round-Trip

Jul 12, 2018

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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.

American Airlines and United are teaming up to attack Delta hubs, offering excellent prices to multiple Hawaiian destinations. Just beware that the United flights are in basic economy with about a $50 price difference if you want to avoid the restrictive fare rules. American Airlines options’ are all in standard economy, so you’ll get to carry on a bag. Remember that airline co-branded cards can be your friend when trying to combat some of the tenets of basic economy.

Use Google Flights to search for your preferred departure and destination and then book through Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline.

Airline: American Airlines, United
Routes: CVG/DTW/ATL/MSP/SLC to HNL/LIH/OGG/KOA
Cost: $342+ round-trip
Dates: August-November
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The American Express Platinum Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Cincinnati (CVG) to Honolulu (HNL) for $342 round-trip on American via Orbitz: 

Detroit (DTW) to Lihue (LIH) for $342 round-trip in United basic economy via Orbitz: 

Cincinnati (CVG) to Maui (OGG) for $342 round-trip in United basic economy via Orbitz: 

Atlanta (ATL) to Honolulu (HNL) for $342 round-trip on American via Orbitz: 

Minneapolis (MSP) to Honolulu (HNL) for $342 round-trip on American via Orbitz: 

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, 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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