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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 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.
We’ve seen some great fares to Hawaii over the past few months, but most of these have focused on west coast cities. Today though, there’s a widespread fare war between airlines, dropping rates to $355 from the West Coast and $414 from the East Coast. And while a majority of the Big Island remains unaffected by the volcanic eruption, we understand travelers concerns and are only listing deals to other Hawaiian destinations.
Airline: Sun Country, United, Hawaiian, Delta, American
Routes: LAX/SEA/SFO/PDX/ATL/PHX/IAH/DFW/SLC/DEN to HNL/KOA/OGG/LIH
Cost: $355+ round-trip in economy
Dates: May 2018 – 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)
Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) on Sun Country for $355 round-trip:
San Francisco (SFO) to Kona (KOA) on Hawaiian for $363 round-trip:
Portland (PDX) to Maui (OGG) nonstop on Hawaiian for $367 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Lihue (LIH), Honolulu (HNL) or Maui (OGG) on United for $372 round-trip:
Houston (IAH) to Lihue (LIH) or Maui (OGG) on American or United for $414 round-trip:
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Honolulu (HNL) or Maui (OGG) on United for $414 round-trip:
Salt Lake City (SLC) to Maui (OGG) on American for $414 round-trip:
Detroit (DTW) to Lihue (LIH) on American for $414 round-trip:
Denver (DEN) to Lihue (LIH) on American for $414 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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