Round trip flights to Hawaii range on average between $500-$800 depending on where you live and when you’re traveling. When you’re traveling to Hawaii with a family, this can add up quickly. Alaska Airlines has a credit card that will save you $1,000 or more off this cost. This savings comes from 1) the sign up bonus, 2) booking a flight using the Alaska Airlines Companion Fare to Hawaii, and 3) free checked bags.
Sign Up Bonus
When you sign up for the Alaska Airlines credit card, you’ll get 40,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first 90 days. One-way flights to Hawaii cost as little as 15,000 points, which is rare. They are often closer to 30,000 and can be higher. At the very least, with 40,000 points, this should get you a free one-way flight. Plus, the $75 annual fee is waived for the first year.
- 40,000 points
- Waived annual fee for first year
- One companion fare for $99 (plus taxes)
This is the most lucrative benefit of the card. Every year, including your first year, Alaska gives you a companion fare discount code. This allows you to buy one coach ticket through Alaskaair.com and get one for $99 plus tax. When you use the Alaska Airlines Companion Fare to Hawaii, a really expensive ticket, this benefit could easily save you between $400 and $700.
- Imagine paying just $99 plus tax for a round trip flight to Hawaii
There’s a great FAQ on Alaska’s website where you can learn more. You can find it HERE.
Free Checked Bags
When you’re flying all the way to Hawaii and staying a week or more, you don’t want to cram all your stuff into carry ons. But, you also don’t want to pay those checked bag fees. With the Alaska Airlines credit card, you and up to six others traveling on your reservation get a free checked bag. This could easily save you a couple hundred dollars of checked bag fees, depending on the size of your family.
Maximize Your Savings
To fully take advantage of this offer, you’ll want to travel with three or more people. First, in order to utilize the Alaska Airlines Companion Fare to Hawaii you need to purchase one coach ticket booked through alaskaair.com in cash. This will allow you to book a second ticket using the Companion Fare discount code. Then, you can use the points from the sign up bonus to either book a free one-way ticket, or perhaps a full round trip ticket on points if you’ve accumulated enough of them.
You’ll likely have saved $600 to $700 with the Companion Fare and another $300 to $400 using the points from the sign up bonus. Finally, you’re likely to have saved another $100-$200 on checked bag fees.
Other Card Details
The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card from Bank of America has a $75 annual fee. It earns 3 points per dollar on Alaska Airlines purchases. It earns 1 point per dollar on all other purchases. It also has no foreign transaction fees.
Learn more about great ways to save on your trip to Aulani on our Top 10 Ways to Save page.
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