Great American First Class Fares From Atlanta To Hawaii

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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

I recommend using ITA Matrix or Google Flights to look up these fares. As you’ll see, availability is wide open across eligible dates.

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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.

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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.

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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 Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. When you use the “Pay With Points” option for premium cabin tickets you get 50% of your redeemed points back. Since this fare is ~$1,150, you’d pay 115,000 Membership Rewards points, and then get 57,500 Membership Rewards points back. That means you’re paying just 57,500 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.

Bottom line

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)

About lucky

Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. It looks like a lot of the flights in May are through LAX on a 738 and 321… Would you have to fly through DFW to get the lie flat seats? It adds about 200+ from the 1152 if I did that.

  2. What is the best option to get to Kauai from Honululu or is there any direct flights available from ATL or Dallas?

    Thanks

  3. Looks like a trade off to me on many dates. The choice is leave at like 11am and connect through PHX. LAX etc. 737/321’ish with short haul business seats or….leave about 6am and connect via DFW on better long haul business cabin for $200’ish more and risk that they could swap you out on an old plane last minute.
    This is a good deal. Thanks for posting.

  4. Thank you lucky!!!! Just booked using my CSR points!! I told 6 friends to sign up for the card when it came out and we are all going with our points!

  5. I think it’s actually a better deal from YYZ (I can get a better price and it’s easier to route through DFW–just make sure to use multi-city search on aa.com). However, it might be easier to position to ATL.

  6. Could not get the non-stop from ATL to HNL in Sept. All fights seem to stop in LAX. Appreciate trying to alert us, though. Price is good but would not pay that money for an A321. thanks tho

  7. Note the 763s (old or new seats) do not have wifi. Therefore, heading to Hawaii, I prefer the LAX connection (it’s daytime anyway and the entertainment on the A321s is decent).

    On the ride home, though, the 763/777 via DFW is preferred because that’s a sleeping flight.

  8. These are good first class fares for those of us on the east coast planning Hawaii trips this next year. We were leaning towards the Delta ATL-HNL flights with lie flat seats but will consider AA now since we see many seats available to us by ticketing thru ATL to HNL. I cannot get us routed thru DFW from CLT.
    These seats are more than half off the Delta lie flat prices from ATL. Thanks !

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