~$300 Hawaii Flights from LAX/SFO/OAK!

Not sure how long this deal will last, but flights to Hawaii are usually $500-600 from the west coast.  Google released a new tool a while back that I think is an excellent tool to search for cheap airfare.  Click here to access google flights.

1. Enter cities first, i.e. LAX to HNL. Select dates. Click the graph button to see which dates result in the lowest cost.

Select # of Passengers and hit Book Now

You will be directed to the booking site. Purchase.

OAK-HNL $296 including taxes!

SFO-HNL $302 w/ taxes!

As an added bonus, if you have a Chase Freedom card, you can get an additional 5% cashback or ultimate rewards points on airfare this quarter!  Go here to activate your bonus if you haven’t.  I will post some more tips and tricks on credit cards coming up.  I traveled to Hawaii and Europe this year mostly for free on points and miles this year.

You can play around with the dates on Google Flights to see what else you can come up with.  Unfortunately I can’t go during this time, maybe some of you can.  I usually use points and miles to fly to Hawaii, but it is a bit complex to explain how that works. Milevalue.com has some explanation and introduction to points and miles, visit his site.  http://milevalue.com/the-cheapest-ways-to-get-to-hawaii/.
Please leave a comment or email me if you have any questions about travel or deals.

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Roaming for deals. How to book Hawaii for $20 a ticket.

Booking a trip to Hawaii can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.  However, using points and miles, you can book an affordable trip for less than nothing.  I am going to Kauai in May for an (almost) free honeymoon and after spending thousands on a wedding, this gave us some relief on the expenses.  I also booked hotels through points and saved over $1,000 dollars.  (ask if you want to know how).  This is a trick that US airline companies don’t want you to know about.  Below is a Romsdeals Roaming for Deals tutorial on how to book a flight to Kauai for about $20-$25 per person.

First, go to www.aa.com and enter dates and click redeem aadvantage miles.

List of available dates.

Next, choose two dates. I picked 4/11/12 as the departure and 4/17/12 as the return as an example.

Dates 4/11 - 4/17

After that, go to http://www.ba.com and log into your British Airways and replicate the same dates.  Since British Airways and American Airlines are part of the OneWorld Alliance, you can use BA miles to book American Airline flights.  On BA, it only costs 25,000 avios miles round trip per person to flight to any hawaiian island and back to LAX.  This is definitely a steal!

British Airways site shows dates are available.

Click book, and you can see it only costs about $40 and 50,000 miles for 2 people to go to Los Angeles to Kauai.  It would cost about $1,200 to $1,800 for two tickets!

50,000 miles and $40

To get 50,000 BA miles, you could sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or the BA Chase card.  I would go to http://www.millionmilesecrets.com and look for the banner and sign up.  You get 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in 3 months, and waived annual fee.   Please let me know if you have any questions on how to book Recession Proof Travel!