Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines today launched a fare sale between California and Hawaii with roundtrip fares plunging to just $198 roundtrip. United and Hawaiian Airlines have also joined in this fare war.
Less than $200 roundtrip to Hawaii is an incredible bargain, but you have to jump through some hoops to get it.
First, you have to book your trip between today and March 5.
Then you have to travel on a Tuesday or Wednesday in a short, month-long window, April 21-May 20.
To snag the lowest $198 fare, you’ll have to fly in basic economy Alaska, United or Hawaiian; regular economy fares are $259 roundtrip, still a very good deal.
Even if you can’t snag the $198 fare due to its restrictions, fares in general during April and May are remarkably cheap — less than $300 roundtrip in many cases, so shop around.
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The deals are good on all three Bay Area airports, as well as Sacramento and other California cities. Southwest only flies to Hawaii from Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and San Diego.
And remember, due to all the recent fare sales to Hawaii, the islands are very full of visitors and demand and prices are steep for hotels, Airbnbs, rental cars, meals and activities.
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