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Round-trip flights to Hawaii from the West Coast for $300

Jan. 13, 2023
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Residents of Seattle and Los Angeles are in luck: Discounted round-trip flights from the two cities to Hawaii are now available on multiple airlines.

Fly round-trip from either city to the Hawaiian destinations of Honolulu, Kona, Kahului, Hilo and Lihue for less than $300. Discounted tickets last through May.

Deal basics

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Airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines.
Routes: From Los Angeles and Seattle to Honolulu, Kona, Kahului, Hilo and Lihue.
How to book: Browse Google Flights and book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: Generally January-May; exact availability depends on the route.
Book by: One to two days.

This deal was originally sent out by Going, formerly known as Scott’s Cheap Flights. Sign up for Going to get deals up to 90% off via its Premium membership, which users can try for free for 14 days and then $49 per year. You can also upgrade to the Elite tier for $199 per year and receive all the Premium deals plus premium economy, business-class and first-class alerts.

Sample flights

At the time of publication, the following round-trip flights were available as priced:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Kahului Airport (OGG), starting at $219.
  • LAX to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), starting at $237.
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to OGG, starting at $238.
  • SEA to Hilo International Airport (ITO), starting at $247.
  • LAX to Kona International Airport (KOA), starting at $259.
  • LAX to Lihue Airport (LIH) and SEA to HNL, starting at $297.
  • LAX to ITO, starting at $300.
  • SEA to KOA, starting at $316.
  • SEA to LIH, starting at $338.

To book this deal, search for your route on Google Flights before booking directly with the carrier. For example, you could book this round-trip Hawaiian Airlines flight from LAX to HNL for $237.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

As is usually the case with deals, these tickets will be for the carrier's most restrictive class, likely known as basic economy. For Hawaiian Airlines specifically, the Main Cabin Basic fare is nonrefundable and it doesn't include ticket changes or seat selection. However, some basic economy fares, including this one, allow for one free full-size carry-on item.

Related: Hawaii cruise packing list: What to pack for a tropical sailing

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

If you choose to fly another carrier, note that American, Delta and Alaska basic economy fares permit travelers a full-size carry-on item, but United does not. Checked bags on all airlines cost between $30 and $35 each way.

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Bottom line

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With normal prices for these routes exceeding $650, this deal speaks for itself. Book soon though, as prices won't last.

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