For 2018, costs of a flight to Hawaii will vary by departure city. Generally, U.S. west coast cities with the most Hawaii traffic and the most airlines choices will offer the cheapest fares.
Flights to Hawaii | What to Expect by Location and Duration
West Coast Departures: Most often start at $400 round trip including all taxes and fees. This is for low season – the best time to visit Hawaii. Lowest cost of occasional flight to Hawaii sales starting from low $300’s round trip. Weekend travel may be, but is not always, $50 to $100 more than midweek. And Saturday is generally the most expensive day to fly and should be avoided for that reason. San Diego, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle are seeing the best and most frequent discounting. Also the Bay Area airports. See Cheapest Cities for Hawaii Flights with specific price information for more key gateway cities.
Midwest and East Coast Departures: Expect to generally pay $250 to $300 more although some sales do result in even lower flight to Hawaii cost. Note that many mid-west and east coast cities do not get true Hawaii deals due to the lack of a competitive market environment. They do, however, still see price reductions for off-season travel. Weekend flights can run $50 to $100 more than midweek and again Saturday is almost always the most expensive day to fly.
Flight duration significantly affects cost. Airlines are now regularly charging more as the time/duration of the flight(s) decreases. If you don’t mind a layover en route, you can often save money. In most cases, connecting flights will be cheaper than when flying non-stop. The longer the layover, the cheaper the price, even when flying from the closest west coast cities. Note: Pay close attention to duration when booking flights to avoid long and exhausting delays, sometimes overnight, in intermediate cities.
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