Some recent updates regarding which mainland departure locations are the cheapest cities for Hawaii flights due to increased competition. Travelers using these airports can expect to benefit most in terms of consistently lowest prices and greatest availability. Check the starting prices below to see how little you can expect to spend for winter, spring and fall travel.
Cheapest Cities for Hawaii Flights
Los Angeles. Prices were down 15-25% starting summer 2016 on multiple airlines due to new competitor Alaska Airline’s Virgin America brand. Fares have been inching up again unfortunately. Continue to watch for short lasting sales of 1-2 days on Hawaiian Airlines and other carriers. Target prices start in high $400’s.
Portland. New surge of repeat sales on Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines as well as American Airlines and United Airlines. Target prices start in mid-$300’s, even for summer. Savings are up to 50% off normal prices, to Maui and Oahu. See current sale.
Sacramento. Some better deals recently than even the Bay Area via American Airlines and United Airlines. Often short-lasting sales with target prices beginning in mid-$300’s. Otherwise, fares generally start at near $500.
San Francisco. More reasonable prices on Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin America and others. Prices have started to inch up in past year after having dropped by up to $200+ in prior year! Target prices starting in low-$400’s.
San Jose. Still one of the best “Hawaii deals” gateway cities although prices have inched up compared with Oakland and San Francisco. Check Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Target prices start at high-$300’s.
Seattle. New surge of repeat sales on multiple carriers including Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines. Target prices start in mid-$300’s, even for summer. Watch for our posts featuring savings of up to 50% off normal prices, to Maui and sometimes other islands. Expect even more improvement in 2018 as Delta begins more flights to Hawaii from Seattle. See current sale.
Note: We frequently update this post on Cheapest Cities for Hawaii Flights. Look for more information to come.