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American has just published some great first class fares to from Atlanta to Hawaii for travel over the next year. It’s not unusual for airlines to get into “fare wars,” and since Atlanta is a Delta hub, clearly this is the start of one.
At the moment American has first class fares of under $1,150 roundtrip from Atlanta to Honolulu, which is a great deal for such a long journey. Fares are about $100 more to Maui or Kona. The basic restrictions on these fares are as follows:
- 14 day advance purchase required
- No stopovers permitted
- Valid for outbound travel April 10 through May 25, 2017, August 15 through November 15, 2017, November 20 through December 12, 2017, and December 26, 2017 through March 7, 2018
If you’re looking for the best onboard experience, the ideal routing is through Dallas, given that American flies longhaul aircraft from Dallas to Honolulu.
The flight will either be operated by a 767 or 777, depending on what time of year you fly. The 777 should feature American’s fully flat product with direct aisle access from every seat.
Meanwhile American’s 767s feature fully flat seats and direct aisle access from every seat as well, though the configuration isn’t quite as spacious.
Do note that not all of American’s 767s and 777s feature the new business class product yet, so there’s always the chance of a last minute aircraft swap, which would mean you’d get angled seats rather than fully flat ones. However, any of those products is better than their standard domestic first class product, in my opinion.
If you’re booking this ticket and paying in cash, be sure you use a card that maximizes the points you can earn from the purchase, like The Platinum Card® from American Express, which offers 5x points on airfare.
Another great option is to use Membership Rewards points in conjunction with The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. When you use the “Pay With Points” option for premium cabin tickets you get 35% of your redeemed points back. Since this fare is ~$1,150, you’d pay 115,000 Membership Rewards points, and then get 40,250 Membership Rewards points back. That means you’re paying just 74,750 Membership Rewards points for the ticket, and you can even earn miles for it. There are potentially ways to get an even better deal using this method.
If you’re looking to go to Hawaii (or are just looking for a cheap premium fare), these are some deals that are pretty tough to beat. It’s not often you see premium cabin tickets from the East Coast(ish) to Hawaii for this amount.
Anyone plan on taking advantage of these great first class fares?
(Tip of the hat to CokeandTaco)