Hawaii is always in season. It’s for that reason that cheap flights to the idyllic group of islands are almost non existent. Key word: almost. Getting to Hawaii on the cheap is possible, with a little outside the box thinking, some lucrative airline programs and being alert. Here are the best strategies to save on flights to Hawaii…

West Coast To Hawaii Can Be Just 25,000 Credit Card Points Round Trip…

British Airways Avios (miles), which you can instantly create from American Express or Chase points are a winning option for getting from West Coast USA to Hawaii. Whereas most points programs would charge a whopping 40,000 points, British Airways charges just 25,000 round trip. You can depart Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and many other West Coast cities. Simply find space on American- using the British Airways website, and book!

Set Price Alerts On Google, Kayak or Hopper, Ideally Starting A Year Out…

Despite the popularity- there are occasional, short lived sales to Hawaii. The key here, much like finding error fares- is to be plugged in, and know the minute the deals hit the market. Hawaii has been as low as $300 from many US cities round trip this year, but only for a matter of hours. Use these tips to set Google Flights alerts, and be sure to also plug in your ideal dates on Hopper and Kayak. Be sure to also set alerts for alternative Hawaiian airports, or nearby cities you’d be willing to drive to – since it can make all the difference.

Use The Alaska Airlines Credit Card 2 For 1 Voucher For Half Price Tickets…

Perhaps the most lucrative benefit of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card is the 2 for 1 ticket voucher, whereby the cardmember gets an annual certificate where they just pay the taxes and base fare on the second passenger. In the first year of membership – that means you can snag a second ticket for just $21, and in each subsequent year, you can pay just $121 for the second person, regardless of the cash price of the ticket. So yeah, that’s HUGE savings.

Business Can Be The Same Price As Economy, If You Start In Canada, Economy Is Even Cheaper…

Wherever you are- it can realistically be worth starting in Canada. Using miles or a dirt cheap ticket can put you in position to take advantage of competitive fares and weak currency, an excellent combination. Top carriers have launched countless flat bed business class fares in the last year, under $1000 round trip from cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. We’re not saying this is crazy cheap – but if faced with a similar price in economy it’s better to spend 10 hours in a bed, sipping champagne and earning tons of miles.

Consider Alternate Airports, Shoulder Season And Breaking Up The Segments…

This may be obvious to some – but beating the rush by just a day can make all the difference in airfare pricing. Look into heading out of town just before everyone else, to or from a nearby airport and also look into breaking up the segments. It may be cheaper to buy a ticket from New York to Los Angeles, and then Los Angeles to your Hawaiian destination, than to buy a ticket just from new York to Hawaii. Weird, we get it – but it’s true. Put in the work and you’ll find savings.

It’s Not Easy To Find Space, But There’s A Trick To Fly First Class For Just 40,000 Points Round Trip…

Oh yeah, that’s right – just 40,000 points round trip. You can start in any US city that Delta serves, and if you’re plugged in at the right time to find space, you can fly round trip for 40,000 points. To do this (since Delta charges more than 100,000 points), you’ll use Delta’s partner – Korean Airlines. For Delta flights from the US to Hawaii (and vice versa) they charge just 40,000 points round trip. It’s not easy, but it’s possible- and all the gritty details are right here.