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Cheap Flights to Hawaii Are Back Just in Time for Winter

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Attention Thrifty Traveler Premium members:

Attention Thrifty Traveler Premium members:

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Everyone wants to go to Hawaii and that means there's high demand for flights to the picture-perfect Pacific islands. But that demand is met – and often overmatched – by hundreds of daily flights that help drive down prices.

That's exactly what we're seeing right now, just in time for your winter trip.

Cheap flights to Hawaii have made a serious comeback. Trust us: We've found and sent Thrifty Traveler Premium several alerts in just the last few weeks, including:

  • Roundtrip fares from the West Coast as low as $188 (yes, that's roundtrip)
  • Nationwide fares under $498.
  • Points and miles deals to get to Hawaii nearly for free – as low as 12,000 Delta SkyMiles. 
  • Incredibly rare chances to fly lie-flat business class seats to the islands using points, too!


The cheap flights and great deals to Hawaii just keep coming, and they couldn't come at a better time. After Maui's devastating wildfires over the summer, state and local officials have been calling on visitors to return to the island. That means Hawaii is wide open, no matter which island you want to visit.

So, yes, you should put Hawaii travel back on your list for 2024 – and you might just as soon cross it off with a flight deal like one of these.


How & Where to Find Hawaii Flight Deals

Getting a cheap flight to Hawaii is never a sure thing. Paying $600 to more than $1,000 or more per ticket can be the norm, and travelers can go months without seeing even a halfway decent deal to the islands.

But that has changed in a big way: Fare wars are heating up as airlines compete for passengers to fill all their seats flying to the Hawaiian Islands by slashing prices, and that's led to a ton of good flight deals lately. In the last few weeks alone, we've found and sent Thrifty Traveler Premium members alerts about cheap flights from airports nationwide, most for under $500 roundtrip – and often far less!

Exhibit A: This nationwide flight deal for all four major Hawaiian islands through the winter and even into spring.


Hawaii flight deal


Get cheap flights to Hawaii like this one in your inbox with Thrifty Traveler Premium!

Now all you have to do is pick the best island to visit in Hawaii for your cheap trip!

For our lucky subscribers on the West Coast, cheap flights to Hawaii mean something different: Less than $200 roundtrip!


Cheap flights to Hawaii




Hawaii flight deal


Pick your island! These sizzling fares started many a Hawaii trip for our subscribers in California and Arizona.

And while the West Coasters have the best shot at a cheap roundtrip flight, they don't have a monopoly on it!


Cheap flights to Hawaii


Don't miss the next dirt-cheap flight deal to Hawaii – get it with Thrifty Traveler Premium!

This nonstop flight deal from Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK) featured Delta and Hawaiian Airlines flights for less than $554 roundtrip! That's a looong flight for that few dollars.

Your flights to Hawaii shouldn't be the most expensive part of your trip. We can help make that a reality.

Read next: Booked a Cheap Flight to Hawaii? Tips to Save on Your Lodging, Too


Use Points and Miles to Get to Hawaii

Why pay cash when you can use your points and miles to get to Hawaii instead?

On top of cheap cash flights, we've also been finding some exceptional award deals to these islands and instantly alerting our Thrifty Traveler Premium members about them. Yes, our members get award alerts to use their points and miles on top of all those cheap cash fares, too.


Hawaii Delta Virgin Atlantic award deal


Want to fly Delta out to the Hawaiian Islands, but don't want to burn all your SkyMiles to do so? There's a great workaround to spend fewer points on that Delta flight to Hawaii, and that's by booking through Virgin Atlantic instead.


Virgin points thrifty traveler


You can transfer credit card points to Virgin Atlantic from banks like American Express, Capital One, Chase, Citi, or even Bilt Rewards to book these Delta flights.

While Virgin recently increased award rates on most Delta routes, it's still a far cry from the sky-high Delta SkyMiles rates you'll see on these nonstop flights.

But don't write off SkyMiles completely…


SkyMiles flight deal to Hawaii


Now more than ever, you may see Delta cutting rates on some of these routes. When a great Delta SkyMiles flash sale like this comes around, you might be surprised to find you already have enough miles in your account for a flight to Hawaii and back!


Delta SkyMiles to Hawaii


Looking for another points and miles option? Learn how to do it for 15,000 miles roundtrip using miles from Turkish Airlines!

If you have some points stacked up anywhere, there's probably a comfortable and convenient way for you to fly to paradise this year.

Read more: 5 Ways to Book Flights to Hawaii with Points & Miles


Lie-Flat to Hawaii for Less

There's a best way to fly to Hawaii and it's in Hawaiian Airlines' new business class suites.


First Class to Hawaii


This fancy new Hawaiian Airlines suite is lie-flat and has fully enclosed doors. After Hawaiian put it on sale, it also made it bookable through Virgin Atlantic and the airline itself.


First Class to Hawaii


Make your (or someone you love's) day by booking this suite ride to Hawaii in 2024.


Bottom Line

Hawaii flights don't have to be expensive.

Airlines are slashing flight prices to Hawaii for 2024, just as the winter cold envelopes much of North America.

So feel confident booking one of these Thrifty Traveler Premium flight deals. It's the difference between paying $800-plus for your next trip to Hawaii … or less than half that.


FAQs About Finding Cheap Flights to Hawaii

The pandemic triggered a flood of lower prices for flights to Hawaii, but many of them have stuck around. This guide is all about those recent deals.

But when it comes to finding cheap flights, it won't always be this easy. While you might find that airlines are currently slashing prices, there are some general tips and tricks to keep in mind when it comes time to book the cheapest flights to Hawaii down the line.


Can I travel to Maui after the devastating fires of 2023?

Yes. Local officials have been calling on travelers to return to Maui to boost the local economy.

While the historic town of Lahaina, which was largely destroyed in the deadly fires, remains fully closed to tourists out of respect for the town's residents, other areas of West Maui including Kā‘anapali, Nāpili, Honokōwai, and Kapalua, have reopened to visitors, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.


Latest map of the damage from the fires on Maui in August 2023.


Travelers are encouraged to travel to Maui while also being especially mindful and respectful as the community recovers from the deadly fires.


How do I find cheap flights to Hawaii?

We'll update this post with new deals and updates about cheap flights to Hawaii. It's a hotspot for travelers, and we're constantly on the hunt.

But if you always want to be up to date on flight deals for Hawaii and other bucket list destinations the moment they pop up, we highly recommend signing up for Thrifty Traveler Premium! Premium members get all the best flight deals to Hawaii – you'll only see a fraction of them here on Thriftytraveler.com and other flight deal websites.


What is the cheapest airline to fly to Hawaii?

Looking for the best airline to fly to Hawaii on a budget? We regularly see affordable prices with direct flights to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and WestJet – if you live in Canada, of course.


When is the best time to book a flight to Hawaii?

We always recommend booking your flights at least three to six months before you plan to travel – especially if your travel dates are flexible.

But as with all things in finding cheap flights, the key to getting a great deal on flights to Hawaii is simple: You may need to wait for a great price to come to you, then book on the cheapest dates. Flexibility is the key to getting discounted tickets.


What is the cheapest time of year to fly to Hawaii?

It depends: A great flight to Hawaii can pop up for a trip at any time of the year.

But many find that it's cheapest to fly to Hawaii in January, February, April, and September through November. During the holidays and the peak travel months of June and December, you're far more likely to encounter higher prices, so it could be worth avoiding a trip over those times.


When is the best time to visit Hawaii?

If getting the cheapest flight possible to get to Hawaii is your end goal, then you might not be worrying too much about the best time to visit Hawaii – it's Hawaii, after all. However, if you're evaluating various options based on the cheapest flights to Hawaii that you've found, here are some factors to keep in mind:

  • Hawaii is the warmest during the summer months, and the sunny weather is accompanied by calmer waves during this time of the year if activities on the beach are the main focus of your trip.
  • For those looking to avoid crowds, aim to book a visit in January, February, September, October, or early November – all of which tend to be slower tourist seasons on the islands.
  • Planning to do some whale watching? Prime viewing of these beautiful mammals occurs from February to early March.


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5 Responses

    • Not exactly. Alaska (and all airlines) are constantly playing with airfares. You can find them every month of the year.

  • We have been watching flights in September 2021 for a week and about 3 weeks ago they jumped from $700 up to $1100. Any chance you think they might come back down? We previously had tickets for Feb for $450 round trip, but had to delay the trip.

  • This is the 2nd time I saw a deal on the regular newsletter that I would’ve wanted but didn’t get notification of as a premium member. I love going to HI often and would’ve gladly gone for $160 or 6,000 miles using chase points, but I checked backwards thru my premium emails and never received this. It’s almost as if these are posted just to entice people to enroll in premium subscription but then nothing! I’ve gotten tons of daily premium emails for deals that I don’t really want but like seeing, but the important ones seem to miss me. Is it just me having this experience? I’m beginning to question my premium benefits.

    • Hi Arlene. The deals we featured in this story were all sent to premium members within the last year. If you have “All Cities” checked in your Thrifty Traveler Premium account preferences, then you should have received them all. Otherwise, you’ll be getting flight deals from just your home airport. If you want to expand your deal preferences to get more deals, log-in to your account and select more nearby departure airports or the “All Cities” tab. Thank you.

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