Every now and then an airline will show up in a competitor’s hub market with a cheaper than normal fare. There doesn’t often seem to be rhyme or reason for why it happens, but it does. On top of that, sometimes the carrier being “attacked” will respond in kind. So US Air may offer a fare from Cleveland, Houston and Newark and then wait to see if Continental bothers to respond.
In this case, more than just Continental seems to have responded. At this point in time almost every major carrier has sale flights to Hawaii from a number of origination points on the mainland. The cheapest one I’m seeing is $351 from Charlotte on Delta, American, Northwest and United. Fares from Newark are $432, and the other NYC airports are a reasonable $452. Not nearly as good as the $120 r/t fare we got a couple years back, but a pretty reasonable sale nonetheless. And considering that all the majors are running it, collecting miles on your carrier of choice should be no problem. Availability may be harder than not to find, but a bit of digging should work.
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