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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.
While there’s almost never a bad time to go to Hawaii, escaping the winter cold is an especially great time to visit our 50th state. And now you don’t have to pay a premium to fly there from November through March. In fact, there are at least 11 routes that are available for under $300 round-trip.
You can score flights for slightly cheaper ($255 round-trip) on Sun Country. However, these fares don’t include a free carry-on bag. So, we’re focusing on fares that include a carry-on bag with carriers like Hawaiian and American.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Discounted flights are available from Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), Seattle (SEA), Bellingham (BLI), San Francisco (SFO) and San Diego (SAN). Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Then, click through to the airline or online travel agency (OTA) to book the deal.
Airlines: Hawaiian, American Airlines, Alaska, United
Routes: PHX/PDX/SEA/BLI/SFO/SAN to HNL/KOA/LIH/OGG/ITO
Cost: $265+ round-trip
Travel Dates: November-March 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, 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:
Portland (PDX) to Honolulu (HNL) for $265 round-trip nonstop on Hawaiian:
Phoenix (PHX) to Kona (KOA) for $289 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Phoenix (PHX) to Kahului (OGG) for $289 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Portland (PDX) to Kona (KOA) for $293 round-trip on Hawaiian Airlines:
Seattle (SEA) to Lihue (LIH) for $297 round-trip on Hawaiian:
Bellingham (BLI) to Kahului (OGG) for $297 round-trip nonstop on Alaska:
Phoenix (PHX) to Lihue (LIH) for $297 round-trip on Hawaiian:
San Francisco (SFO) to Hilo (ITO) for $297 round-trip on United/Hawaiian:
Portland (PDX) to Lihue (LIH) for $299 round-trip on Hawaiian:
San Diego (SAN) to Kona (KOA) for $299 round-trip on Hawaiian:
San Diego (SAN) to Lihue (LIH) for $299 round-trip on Hawaiian:
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, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, 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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The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
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- $550 annual fee.
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