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There’s little I love more than a good old-fashioned Hawaii airfare war, and one has been heating up today. Of course, those on the West Coast see the cheapest sub-$300 fares, but I see $400-something round trip fares from Texas and $500-something fares from as far East as New York City. If you want to use cold hard cash or fixed value credit card points to book your flights and not worry about award availability, this could be a good day to do it.
Additionally, if you want to travel with a companion and utilize your Alaska Discounted Companion Ticket from their co-branded credit card to fly on an Alaska or Virgin America operated flight, this is an excellent time to do that. You can lock in one of the low fares for the first ticket and then pay very little for the second ticket thanks to the Companion discount that varies a bit depending on the details for your Companion Pass ticket.
Some of the Alaska Companion Discount tickets are $0 other than taxes and fees, but even if you have the $99 version like I do, that means you and your companion can fly from Dallas to Maui from about $624 total dollars (aka an average of $312 each) or from Los Angeles to Maui from about $481 (aka $240 each). Obviously, if you have the $0 Companion Ticket then your deals will be even better!
The discounted fares are available from many mainland cities to virtually all of Hawaii from January through early March. The quickest way to spot the cheapest fares is via Google Flights using their flexible date search. You can then book directly with Alaska, American, or a site like Skyscanner.
Hawaii fare wars rarely last more than a few hours, so I’d lock something in if you find what you want. On the flip side, occasionally these things hit fever pitch and lots of airlines jump in on the action. Right now it is predominately Alaska, Virgin, and American, but I’ll update if anyone else throws their hat in the ring.
Thanks to The Flight Deal for spotting these lower than normal fares this morning.
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