If you’re still thinking of visiting us here in Hawaii this holiday season, or next summer, read on. Just 60 days ago, I shared Christmas Hawaii travel deals starting at $209 each way that were then widely available from up and down the west coast. Hopefully some of you were able to take advantage of those great prices.
What’s available now
There is still availability to the Hawaiian Islands from all major mainland departure cities. Unfortunately, however, the prices have headed north, far north. In fact, this year’s prices are now the highest I can remember seeing in quite some time. Most west coast cities to Hawaii round trips are running at $900-$1,100, with very few exceptions. I do not expect to see these drop any lower. It is even likely that they will sell out.
[pullquote]…Demand for travel to the Hawaiian islands remains high. –Hawaii Tourism Authority[/pullquote]Hawaii’s visitor industry is in recovery. October saw visitor spending rise for the 18th consecutive month. It was up 16% compared with October 2010. Christmas is typically one of the important tests of our market strength, and this year all signs are for an invigorated tourism industry with higher prices overall.
Certainly deals will continue to proliferate, especially during the low and shoulder seasons. We’ll be watching for them all and reporting them to you here.
If you’re planning to visit Hawaii during the next major peak season, June 8 to August 12, take note. Prices for those dates are already running at $700 and above from most west coast cities. There are a few exceptions, including the Bay Area, Portland and Seattle, where some fares in the $500′s can still be found. Given the Christmas holiday pricing, it is likely that summer fares will also touch the $1,000 range. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any summer offers.
Any bright lights?
We are still anticipating significant new airline offerings for Hawaii travel in 2012. The additional air lift will bring both introductory fares and more possibilities for competitive pricing.