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United Airlines is offering roundtrip economy flights starting at $362 from various cities on the west coast to Honolulu, Maui, and Kona. Available travel dates span all the way from September through May of 2018. Most of the flights I saw have one stop.

If you read my series on award space to Hawaii, you know that it’s often very difficult to find any First Class saver level award space to the islands. Flights from the west coast aren’t super long anyways, so buy a cheap economy cash ticket and save your rewards for when you can redeem them for a higher value. Of course, before jumping at this deal, make sure you read The Cheapest Ways to Get to Hawaii and check on economy award space so you don’t pass up a better deal (for example, 25k Avios flying American or Alaska roundtrip in economy from many west coast cities).


  1. What city pairs are available?
  2. When are the cheap fares?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance

Available City Pairs

You’ll find the the cheap fares ($362+ roundtrip) between…

  • Seattle
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • Sacramento


  • Honolulu
  • Maui
  • Kona

When are the cheap fares?

The easiest way to see the cheap fares is on Google Flights. Available dates for the low price start this September and span through the May of next year. I brought up this calendar of roundtrip prices between San Diego and Maui on Google Flights.

You can’t purchase tickets directly on Google Flights, but after choosing an outbound and return flight you will be given links to follow to buy on United’s website.

Mileage Earning

You need to know the fare class when looking up how many redeemable miles cash flights earn, which you can find using ITA Matrix. This United flight is fare class G.

If you credit your butt-in-seat miles to United, assuming you don’t have status, you’ll earn 5 x (ticket price – government-imposed taxes/fees). You can also see the breakdown of any ticket on ITA Matrix if you want to figure out the base fare.

Equation for how many United miles earned flying United economy: 5 x $297.92 = 1,489 redeemable United miles.

You could also credit to Singapore Airlines and get even more miles. Crediting to Singapore Krisflyer you’d earn 100% of the actual distance flown, which, if you were flying between San Diego and Maui roundtrip, would 5,082 miles.

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I’d take 5,082 Singapore miles over 1,489 United miles any day.

To look at options crediting redeemable miles to other programs, check out Where to Credit Butt in Seat Miles: Flying United Airlines. is also a valuable tool to bookmark.

Makena Big Beach (Maui)
Photo by dronepicr of Makena Big Beach (Maui)

Baggage Allowance

You’ll get a free personal item to fit under the seat in front of you and a free carry-on (max dimensions 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches), but any checked luggage will cost you. The first bag is $25.

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