Hawaii Fare War: Fly From $390 or 25,000 Miles Round Trip!
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There is no place like Hawaii, and right now you can get there for some seriously low prices from cities all over the country! There are currently round trip prices available for under $400 round trip, which is very solid for Hawaii. To give one of many examples, you can fly from Houston or Newark to Maui on a regular economy United ticket for $393 round trip. It is very rare that these extra low Hawaii prices are valid from airline hub cities on their own hub airline, so that is a noteworthy deal.
If you wanted to use points instead of cash, in this case, you could use 26,253 Ultimate Reward points from your Sapphire Reserve to book the ticket via Chase and keep the cash in your pocket! To give some perspective, if you tried to book this ticket to Hawaii by transferring your points to United to book as an economy saver award, it would cost 45,000 miles, assuming you could find saver award availability. Learn more.
American Airlines is also offering low fares to the various Hawaiian Islands from around $400 - $450 via Delta hubs such as Atlanta, Salt Lake City, and Detroit, and United's Denver hub. Delta is offering flights from around $450 round trip from Phoenix. I'm sure there are other lower than normal offerings out there I haven't spotted yet, but it is safe to say this is a real Hawaii fare war.
I recommend using Google Flights flexible dates to quickly spot the cheapest dates to fly and then book immediately if you see something you like. These Hawaii fare wars rarely last more than a day or so before prices return to normal. In general, these low prices are available in Fall 2018, but I did see some availability stretching into February 2019.
Were you able to snag a $400 round trip ticket to paradise using your cash or points?