American offering round-trip flights to Hawaii from multiple US cities starting at $296

Hawaii is calling, and American Airlines is answering.

The airline is offering round-trip flights to Honolulu from multiple U.S. cities this fall and winter for about $300 to $400.


Deal basics

Airlines: American Airlines

Routes: Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark and Washington, D.C., to Hawaii

How to book: Browse Google Flights and book directly through the airline

Travel dates: Scattered dates from late summer through Thanksgiving; some availability in early 2024

Book by: As soon as possible

Kudos to Going, formerly known as Scott’s Cheap Flights, for scouting these deals. For $49 a year, the site’s Premium membership offers discounts of up to 90% and comes with a 14-day free trial. The Elite membership also finds premium economy, business-class and first-class deals.

Sample flights

The following flights were priced as listed at the time of publication. We cannot guarantee the below round-trip flights will be available when you book.

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  • Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), starting at $372
  • Denver International Airport (DEN) to HNL, starting at $386
  • Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to HNL, starting at $296
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to HNL, starting at $372
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to HNL, starting at $372

For example, you can fly from Chicago to Honolulu the day after Thanksgiving for just $386. Note that the route has some pretty long layovers, but it might be worth it for a flight this cheap.


Or, head from Houston to Honolulu for just $303. You’ll have a layover at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) each way.


Carry-on bags are included with these basic economy fares. If you want to check a bag, it’ll cost $30 each way. Note that you will not receive a refund if you cancel the flight.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases. You can use the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® or the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® to get 2 American Airlines AAdvantage miles per dollar spent on eligible American Airlines purchases.

Or, use another top travel credit card such as:

Bottom line

These budget-friendly flights to Hawaii might not last long. If you’re considering a trip to the Aloha State, don’t miss the chance to fly for cheap on American.

Before you travel to Hawaii, make sure you understand how to visit sustainably and how to respect the island’s environment and culture. For more information, visit the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawaii’s website.

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