Deal Alert: West Coast to Hawaii From $352 Round-Trip, $532 From East Coast
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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 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 Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Last weekend, we saw some great Hawaii flight deals pop up from California, Texas and as far east as Atlanta. Many of those routes still have availability at those prices, and now we’re seeing Hawaii deals spread to even more cities — particularly United deals out of American Airlines hubs. Just make sure to avoid the recent volcano eruption and don’t bring banned sunscreens.
To book, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. After finding the dates that work best for you, book with the airline directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline. If you want to avoid basic economy, you’ll want to use Google Flights’ newest feature that allows you to filter out the fare.
Airline: United, Hawaiian
Routes: SEA/PDX/SAN/DFW/PHX/CLT/PHX/MIA to KOA/OGG/HNL
Cost: $352+ round-trip in economy
Dates: May 2018 to March 2019, depending on the route
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Seattle (SEA) to Kona (KOA) on United for $352 round-trip:
Portland (PDX) to Kahului (OGG) nonstop on Hawaiian for $367 round-trip:
San Diego (SAN) to Kahului (OGG) nonstop on Hawaiian for $357 round-trip:
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Kona (KOA) on United for $434 round-trip:
Phoenix (PHX) to Kona (KOA) on United for $434 round-trip:
Charlotte (CLT) to Honolulu (HNL) on United for $532 round-trip:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Kona (KOA) on United for $534 round-trip:
Miami (MIA) to Honolulu (HNL) on United for $534 round-trip:
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, 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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