Deal Alert: Midwest, East Coast to Hawaii From $417 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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 (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). 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 deals from the West Coast to Hawaii abound — indeed, there are currently options from $300 round-trip — deals from the rest of the country have been few and far between. But today we are seeing fares from 8+ East Coast and Midwest airports to Hawaii for less than $500 round-trip.
Unfortunately, many of these fares are in basic economy. The United basic economy fares are especially problematic as United still doesn't allow basic economy passengers to bring a free carry-on bag. However, having a co-branded credit card can help defeat some aspects of basic economy.
Airline: Alaska, American Airlines, United
Routes: DAL/PIT/BNA/ORD/RDU/ATL/JFK/LGA to KOA/LIH
Cost: $417+ in economy
Travel Dates: February - May
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Dallas Love Field (DAL) to Kona (KOA) for $417 round-trip on Alaska:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Kona (KOA) for $437 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Nashville (BNA) to Kona (KOA) for $443 round-trip in United Basic Economy:
Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Lihue (LIH) for $457 round-trip in United Basic Economy:
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Kona (KOA) for $467 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Atlanta (ATL) to Kona (KOA) for $467 round-trip on Alaska "Saver" fares:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Lihue (LIH) for $489 round-trip on American Airlines:
New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Lihue (LIH) for $489 round-trip in United Basic Economy:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), American Express® Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier, 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.