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Deal alert: West Coasters can get away to Honolulu for less than $350 round-trip

June 28, 2022
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West Coast travelers looking to fly to Hawaii are in luck: Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines are offering competitive rates for routes from airports on the West Coast to Honolulu.

Round-trip flights from select West Coast cities to Hawaiian airports, including Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kailua-Kona International Airport (KOA), Kahului Airport (OGG) and Lihue Airport (LIH), are available for less than $300. Flights depart from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Portland International Airport (PDX), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), San Diego International Airport (SAN), Oakland International Airport (OAK), Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) and San Jose International Airport (SJC). This deal varies based on the locations but is available from August to November and January to March.

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Deal basics

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Airlines: Hawaiian, United and American.
Routes: Departures from LA; Portland, Oregon; Seattle; San Diego; Oakland, California; Las Vegas; and San Jose, California, to Honolulu, Kailua-Kona, Kahului and Lihue in Hawaii.
How to book: Search Google Flights but book through the airline's website directly.
Travel dates: August-November 2022 and January-March 2023; exact availability depends on the route.
Book by: One to two days.

Scott’s Cheap Flights was the first to point out this deal to us. Premium members get tipoffs to flight deals up to 90% off. You can try out Premium for free for 14 days, and maintain access for $49 per year. If you’d like even more deals, Elite members pay $199 per year to access deals with premium economy, business-class and first-class alerts.

Related: How to earn a free night in Hawaii by giving back to the community

Sample flights

This deal includes flights from a variety of West Coast airports, including:

  • LA to Honolulu, starting at $258.
  • Seattle to Honolulu, starting at $335.
  • Portland to Honolulu, starting at $351.
  • San Jose to Lihue, starting at $237.
  • San Diego to Kalaoa, starting at $230.
  • Las Vegas to Kahului, starting at $256.

To book this deal, start by searching Google Flights. Make sure to check the prices on the booking calendar to see when the best prices are offered and if they work for your desired trip dates.

Searching Google Flights will ensure you get the best rates available for your specific dates and origin point. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals that we’ve spotted.

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You could book a flight from LA to Honolulu in early November for $257 round-trip on Hawaiian Air.

(Screenshot from google.com)

These flights are under the carrier's economy fare type, which includes one free carry-on, but charges $60 for a checked bag. Hawaiian only has economy and first-class fares, with first class starting at $1,108 for the same flight. So if you will be checking a bag, it might be worth making sure no other airline has a fare that includes a checked bag for less.

Once you have chosen your dates and the flight, you will see the various booking platforms through which the tickets are available. We recommend booking with the airline directly in case anything goes awry with the flight.

(Screenshot from hawaiianairlines.com)

Continue with your purchase by going to the website that you want to book through and proceeding with the purchase. Don’t forget to sign in as a member to earn miles for your trip.

Related: Battle of the credit card travel portals: What’s the best for booking flights?

Maximize your purchase

Double-down and maximize what you get out of booking this trip by using the right credit cards. The Platinum Card® from American Express will earn you 5 points per dollar on travel booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 per calendar year. The Citi Premier® Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve are both also great cards for booking airfare, earning you 3 points per dollar on airfare. The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is another travel companion to bring with you, as it will get you 2 points per dollar on travel expenses. Or try the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel.

Bottom line

We'd love to get away to Hawaii. With some travel expenses looking daunting this summer, this deal is begging for attention. Exploring Hawaii's beaches, mountains, culture and food are all just a flight away. Who said Europe was the only place to spend a well-rounded vacation?

At less than $350, these round-trip flights from the West Coast to various Hawaiian destinations are well below the typical price point.

Featured photo by Sreejith Kurup/Getty Images.

Featured image by Getty Images/EyeEm
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Why We Chose It

Sometimes it's worth a large investment to reap the benefits of a great credit card. That's exactly the case with the Amex Platinum card. In exchange for the annual fee, you'll unlock access to the Amex Membership Rewards program that let you access airline and hotel transfer partners, along with new lifestyle and travel credits. This card is also incredibly rewarding for travel purchases, helping you rack up a ton of Membership Rewards points for your next award trip.

Pros

  • The current welcome offer on this card is quite lucrative. TPG values it at $1,600.
  • This card comes with a long list of benefits, including access to Centurion Lounges, complimentary elite status with Hilton and Marriott, at least $500 in assorted annual statement credits and so much more. (Enrollment required for select benefits.)
  • The Amex Platinum comes with access to a premium concierge service that can help you with everything from booking hard-to-get reservations to finding destination guides to help you plan out your next getaway.

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  • The high annual fee is only worth it if you’re taking full advantage of the card’s benefits. Seldom travelers may not get enough value to warrant the cost.
  • Outside of the current welcome bonus, you’re only earning higher rewards on specific airfare and hotel purchases, so it’s not a great card for other spending categories.
  • The annual airline fee statement credit can be complicated to take advantage of compared to the broader travel credits offered by competing premium cards.
  • Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. Plus Ups are excluded.
  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees