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Alaska Airline is offering a dirt cheap roundtrip economy fare to Hawaii, starting at $363 from Newark to Maui, Kona, Honolulu, and Lihue. Available travel dates span all the way from April 2018 through February of 2019. Flights have one stop on the west coast. This is a fantastic deal that won’t last, so act fast.
If you read my series on award space to Hawaii, you know that it’s often very difficult to find any First Class saver level award space to the islands. Flights from the west coast aren’t super long anyways, so buy a cheap economy cash ticket and save your rewards for when you can redeem them for a higher value.
- What city pairs are available?
- When are the cheap fares?
- Mileage Earning
- Baggage Allowance
- Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
Available City Pairs
You’ll find the cheap fares ($305+ roundtrip) between Newark and…
- Honolulu (HNL)
- Maui (OGG)
- Kona (KOA)
- Lihue (LIH)
When are the cheap fares?
The easiest way to see the cheap fares is on Google Flights. Available dates for the low price start in April and span through February of next year. The specific travel windows with the cheap fares are:
- Outbound to Hawaii:
- April 13 – June 7
- August 12 – November 15
- November 24 – December 11
- January 9 – February 14
- Return to Newark:
- March 21
- April 21 – June 11
- August 31 – November 23
- December 1 – December 11
- January 9 – February 17
Here are further fare rules:
I brought up this calendar of roundtrip prices between Newark and Honolulu on Google Flights.
You can’t purchase tickets directly on Google Flights, but after choosing an outbound and return flight you will be given links to follow to buy on Alaska’s website.
These tickets are in fare class R.
If you credit your butt-in-seat miles to Alaska, assuming you don’t have status, you’ll earn 100% of the actual miles flown, which you can find easily on gcmap.com. For example, on a roudntrip flight from Newark to San Francisco to Honolulu, you cover 9,928 miles. So you’d earn that many Alaska miles.
While crediting to Alaska is one of your most lucrative options, you don’t have to. You can credit to a partner airline’s program like Singapore and also get the same 9,928 miles. I value Singapore and Alaska miles equally–1.75 cents each–so it just depends which you value more/will use sooner.
To look at options crediting redeemable miles to other programs, check out wheretocredit.com.
Flying Alaska you’ll get a free personal item to fit under the seat in front of you and a free carry-on, but any checked luggage will cost you. The first checked bag is $25.
Best Way to Buy the Ticket
You should buy this ticket with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. The card comes with 40,000 Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense, so the bonus alone will more than cover this roundtrip to Hawaii. Learn How to Redeem Arrival Miles.
With the Arrival Plus, you don’t even have to wait to meet the minimum spending requirement before you spend the miles. Open an Arrival Plus, put whatever cash tickets on the card you want now to help you meet the minimum spending requirement, and then redeem Arrival miles within 120 days to offset the charges. Buy your ticket to Hawaii on the Arrival Plus to help meet your minimum spending requirement and you’ll get all your money back for it if you redeem your Arrival miles on the charges later (and still have Arrival miles leftover for more travel credits!)
Don’t have the Arrival Plus card? Put it on whatever card you have travel statement credits for, like the Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige. Don’t have any travel statements credits to earn? Check out the Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare if you’re concerned with earning more rewards. Check out our series on the travel protection benefits of popular rewards cards if you’re more concerned with travel insurance.
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