Fly to Hawaii from the West Coast for less than $300

From stunning beaches and vibrant wildlife to perfect weather, Hawaii has a lot to offer. Now, if you happen to live on the west coast, you can travel to the Aloha State at a hefty discount.

Round-trip economy flights from several West Coast cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle to Hawaiian cities like Honolulu, Hilo, and Lihue cost less than $300. Typically, a flight to Hawaii costs between $600 and $700, so this is definitely a bargain.

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These discounted flights to Hawaii are offered from October through March, with some exceptions for holidays like Thanksgiving.

Iolani Palace in Honolulu. GREGOBAGEL/GETTY PICTURES

However, keep in mind that Hawaii has experienced a bout of overtourism as the state recovers from the pandemic. Overtourism can adversely affect the environment and deplete natural resources, harming not only the state but also residents. If you do decide to go, make well-informed decisions and travel as sustainably as possible. Visit the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawaii website to ensure you are planning a mindful trip.

Deal Basics

Airlines: United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
Routes: Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento; San Francisco; San Jose, California; Seattle; Las Vegas and other cities along the west coast to Hawaii.
How to book: Find your ideal dates through Google Flights, then book directly with the airline.
Travel data: Generally October 2022 to March 2023, with some itineraries on holidays such as Thanksgiving but not Christmas or New Years.
book by: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Many thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for scouting this offer. Scott’s Cheap Flights offers discounts of up to 90% with the premium membership, which includes a 14-day trial and costs $49 per year. The site’s elite membership costs $199 per year to get premium deals and premium economy, business class, and first class deals.

example flights

If you live on the west coast, this offer offers a lot of flexibility. You can fly to various tourist destinations in Hawaii from several West Coast cities — and fares are currently in the $200 range.

Here are some standout options:

  • United: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), from $237.
  • Hawaiian: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) to Hilo International Airport (ITO) from $238.
  • Hawaiian: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) to ITO from $238 (including stopover).
  • Hawaiian: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to ITO from $246 (including stopover).
  • American: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to HNL from $257.
  • United and Hawaiian: Portland International Airport (PDX) to Lihue Airport (LIH) from $287 (including stopover).
  • United: Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) to LIH, from $297 (including stopover).

For a flight on January 12 from Los Angeles to Honolulu, an American flight departs at 4:50 p.m. The flight is non-stop and lasts nearly six hours, landing in Honolulu at 8:44 p.m

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

American offers two return options priced at $257. A flight leaves around midnight and the more convenient option departs at 2:07 p.m. The red-eye flight would land you in Los Angeles at 7:35 a.m., while the afternoon flight would reach LAX at 9:45 p.m

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Even though Google Flights says American Airlines’ $257 airfare to the Hawaiian capital is typical, keep in mind that airfares to Hawaii can cost upwards of $600, which still makes the $257 price tag a significant discount .

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

We also recommend only using Google Flights to find the best dates with the airline of your choice. Then book the tickets directly through the airline’s website. Airlines are usually more reliable if your flight is delayed, canceled or rebooked.

Google Flights may also display different prices compared to airline websites due to third-party booking options.

This offer applies to Economy fares only. When booking on American’s website, the only option is Main Cabin, which includes free seat selection and a carry-on bag. A checked bag is $30, and additional fees apply for extra legroom seats and priority boarding.

AA.COM

Because Main Cabin fares include seat selection, you can snag a decent seat on the flight at no additional cost. However, if you want something closer to an exit or to the front of the plane, these seats can range from $40 to $83.

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Maximize your purchase

Make sure you use a card that gives you bonus points when buying airline tickets, e.g The American Express Platinum Card® (5 points per dollar off airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, up to $500,000 on those purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar off airfare), Citi Premier® cardChase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on airfare), American Express® Gold card (3 points per dollar off airfare when booking direct with the airline or through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on trips). Learn more about maximizing fare purchases in this post.

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bottom line

This deal offers a lot of flexibility at a relatively low price. Round-trip tickets to Hawaii can cost around $600, so the option to purchase tickets at 60% off is hard to beat.

Act fast to enjoy the many beaches and natural beauty that Hawaii has to offer—seats are sure to be taken if you don’t plan ahead.