Deal Alert: Airlines Respond to Southwest With Flights to Hawaii From $197 Round-Trip

Mar 4, 2019

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This morning, Southwest put flights to Hawaii on sale for as little as $49 one-way or $98 round-trip. And now other airlines are responding with flight deals to Hawaii of their own.

The discounts depend on your route, so if you’re agnostic about which Hawaiian island to visit, I’d recommend plugging in your preferred departure city and then all major Hawaiian airports (HNL/LIH/OGG/KOA/ITO) into Google Flights to find the absolute cheapest price.

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: Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Sun Country
Routes: SJC/PHX/LAX/PDX/LAS/SAN/DFW/ORD to OGG/KOA/HNL
Cost: $197+ round-trip
Travel Dates: March-June and August-September
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Here are a few examples of what you can book:

San Jose (SJC) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $197 round-trip nonstop on Alaska Saver Fares:

Oakland (OAK) to Honolulu (HNL) for $197 round-trip nonstop on Alaska Saver Fares:

Oakland (OAK) to Kahului, Maui (OGG) for $197 round-trip nonstop on Alaska Saver Fares:

Phoenix (PHX) to Kona (KOA) for $257 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines Main Cabin:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Kahului (OGG) for $257 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy or $317 in Main Cabin:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Kona (KOA) for $257 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy or $317 in Main Cabin:

Phoenix (PHX) to Kahului (OGG) for $266 round-trip in American Airlines Main Cabin:

Seattle (SEA) to Kahului (OGG) for $275 round-trip in American Airlines Main Cabin:

Portland (PDX) to Kahului (OGG) for $275 round-trip in American Airlines Main Cabin:

Las Vegas (LAS) to Kona (KOA) for $275 round-trip 1-stop in American Airlines Main Cabin:

San Diego (SAN) to Kahului (OGG) for $275 round-trip 1-stop on American Airlines:

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Kahului (OGG) for $277 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines Main Cabin:

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Kona (KOA) for $277 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines Main Cabin:

Portland (PDX) to Honolulu (HNL) for $277 round-trip nonstop on Sun Country:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) for $285 round-trip nonstop in Delta basic economy:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Kona (KOA) for $285 round-trip nonstop in Delta basic economy:

Chicago (ORD) to Kona (KOA) for $325 round-trip 1-stop in American Airlines basic economy or $415 in Main Cabin:

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H/T: Scott’s Cheap Flights

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