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Hawaii fare sales from the West Coast happen with some regularity, but once you head East of Nevada the chance to score a good fare to Hawaii becomes about as likely as hitting a royal flush on video poker. I’ve done both, but only very, very rarely. However, for those looking to fly on Alaska or Virgin America to Hawaii, today could be the day you put together a trip to Hawaii for a very good price.
Using a flexible date search on Google Flights and searching directly on the airlines’ websites, I am seeing fares on Virgin America and Alaska from many points in the middle of the country to Maui and some other Hawaii destinations in the $500 – $560 range per round trip.
To give a specific example, on several dates in January and February 2018, flying from Dallas (Love) to Maui is about $536 round trip. You West Coasters may roll your eyes at that being a deal, but it really is, as $800+ per round trip is much more common for those of us in the middle of the country. However, this deal doesn’t stop at this, but it can be stacked with the Alaska Airlines $99 Companion Certificate that many of us have from the Alaska co-branded credit card. In fact, some folks will have access to a Companion Certificate with a $0 additional base fare!
These discounts can be used on Alaska or Virgin America operated flights to get two people to Hawaii and back for an even better overall deal!
Using the $99 Companion Certificate, here is an example of a $700 all-in price to fly two people from Dallas – San Francisco – Maui and back. A per traveler cost of $350 to go round trip from Texas to Maui and back gets a big thumbs up from me. Obviously, with the $0 version of the certificate, you could do even better!
Once you get to Maui you could use your points to stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui, Hyatt Residence Club Maui, Andaz Maui, and beyond. There really aren’t any bad choices on Maui!
For what it is worth, I am also seeing early 2018 $500+ one-stop flights to Hawaii out of Austin on Alaska, and $550+ Hawaii round trips from Houston, Kansas City, Wichita, and beyond on similar dates, though the cheapest itineraries out of some cities seem to be two stop routings on Alaska. I mean, you still end up in Hawaii, and you can still use your Alaska Companion Certificates, but two stops are slightly more painful than one.
Hawaii fare sales sometimes heat up for a bit, but usually don’t last too long, so I would move quickly if you like what you see.
Thanks to The Flight Deal for spotting these Hawaii fares!
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