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A good sale to/from Honolulu, Maui, Kauai or Kona
The $221 fare is a regular economy fare which allows for normal size carry-on and personal item in addition to advance seat assignment.
United also have a $161 fare but that is a Basic Economy fare. United Basic Economy fares do not allow for any advance seat assignment. Rather, your seat assignment will be randomly assigned during check-in. In addition, normal size carry-on that does not fit under the seat is charge a $35 fee each way + applicable gate check fees (but free if you have a United co-branded credit card or if you have United elite status).
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Sample Travel Date:
- Sample to Honolulu
- August 30th – September 8th
- This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below
- Valid for travel from late August – October for Monday through Thursday departures and returns. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 21 days in advance of departure and by June 26th
- Please note that while this fare is valid at the time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.
How to Search for Availability:
- This is just to search for availability. To buy your tickets, scroll down to “How to Buy” section of this post
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Source: SFO
- Origin advanced routing code:
- routing codes: etc
- extension codes:
- This is instructing ITA to search for the Basic Economy fare. Use those dates on priceline and you will be presented with an option to upgrade to a regular economy fare.
- destination: HNL
- For Kauai availability, replace HNL with LIH
- For Kona availability, replace HNL with KOA
- For Maui availability, replace HNL with OGG
- This works both ways, so HNL, KOA, LIH, or OGG can be the Origin and SFO can be the Destination
- Return advanced routing code:
- routing codes: etc
- extension codes:
- (Click on Advanced Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Duration “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
- The ITA search page should be like below when all values are inputted
- You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Buy” section below.
Elite Qualifying Dollars:
- SFO-HNL (Honolulu)-SFO
- Miles Flown: 4.788 miles or 4.6 cents per mile
- Redeemable Miles: 859 miles
How to Buy:
- Support us by using our priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
- Select the $161 fare in the search results and you will be presented with the option to upgrade to a regular fare for $60 (or $221 total roundtrip). The regular fare with advance seat assignment and normal size carry-on included
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