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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.

Fares to Hawaii flight continue to stay low even as Southwest struggles to launch flights and tourism returns after volcano eruptions and hurricanes. Nonstop flight prices to the 50th state have dropped to just $237 round-trip! You can fly from West Coast airports like San Francisco (SFO), San Diego (SAN), Oakland (OAK), Portland (PDX), Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle (SEA) to the Hawaiian destinations of Honolulu (HNL), Maui (OGG), Kauaʻi (LIH) and Kona (KOA).

 

Even better, the cheapest Alaska fares are booking into standard economy instead of the airline’s new “saver” basic economy-style fares.

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, Sun Country, American Airlines, Hawaiian, Delta
Routes: SFO/SAN/OAK/PDX/LAX/SEA to OGG/KOA/LIH/HNL
Cost: $237+ round-trip
Travel Dates: January-March 2019 for the cheapest fares
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire Reserve CardAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

San Francisco (SFO) to Kahului (OGG) for $237 round-trip nonstop on Alaska:

San Diego (SAN) to Kahului (OGG) for $237 round-trip nonstop on Alaska:

San Diego (SAN) to Kona (KOA) for $237 round-trip nonstop on Alaska:

Oakland (OAK) to Lihue (LIH) for $237 round-trip nonstop on Alaska:

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

Los Angeles (LAX) to Kahului (OGG) for $337 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines Main Cabin (non-basic economy):

Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) for $337 round-trip nonstop on Hawaiian Airlines:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Kahului (OGG) for $337 round-trip nonstop in Delta Basic Economy:

Seattle (SEA) to Lihue (LIH) for $337 round-trip nonstop in Delta Basic Economy:

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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve CardAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

H/T: Scott’s Cheap Flights

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The Platinum Card® from American Express

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.

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  • 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.
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  • $550 annual fee.
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