Alaska Airlines just launched a big fare sale between California and Hawaii, with fares starting at just $99 (plus taxes and fees) each way. You must book between March 3 and March 5, 2020, to secure these great deals.
Sample fares include:
- Los Angeles to Maui (starting at $99 one-way)
- San Diego to Kauai and Kona (starting at $99 one-way)
- San Jose to Kona, Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai (starting at $99 one-way)
- Find other discounted fares from your home airport on Alaska’s website
If you’re worried about coronavirus, remember that Alaska is offering flexible change and cancellation policies for tickets booked by March 12 for travel through June 1.
Alaska has historically offered more flights to Hawaii from the mainland U.S. than any other carrier, and it’s trying to continue that dominance as it grows in the California market following the acquisition of Virgin America. It’s not just about Hawaii, it’s also about being the go-to carrier in the Golden State. However, new service from Southwest Airlines is probably adding some unwelcome competition. These are great fares, but you can probably look forward to similar specials in the months ahead.
For similar reasons you’re not going to see a lot of discounted fares from the Pacific Northwest, since Southwest hasn’t yet started competing on those routes. That’s a bummer as Hawaii is a favorite destination to escape from the winter cold and drizzle. When I was growing up in California I never thought to go to Hawaii in the winter. Winter was for cold-weather holidays like skiing. But during a decade in Seattle I made a point to visit nearly every year, usually in February or March.