Beat of Hawaii friend Meredith asked today about how to save on flights to Hawaii, between Los Angeles and Kauai, during the peak summer season. That without breaking the bank. Here’s what we found that may serve as an example of ways all of us can reduce costs on Hawaii vacations.
Save on flights to Hawaii – rule of thumb:
1. While it doesn’t seem logical, airlines frequently charge less if they route you with one or two extra flights, rather than bringing you to Hawaii nonstop.
2. The longer the travel time between your home and Hawaii, the less you’ll generally pay.
“Hi Deal Makers..I’m a senior..live on Kaua’i and travel very little…BUT that will be changing..I am expecting a GRANDDAUGHTER in LA in July 2018…so please…HELP getting to LA or OC before June 24th baby shower..birth..and ???? Mahalo Nui Loa in advance!!”
Beat of Hawaii’s answer:
Meredith can save up to $226 per person with reasonably easy changes to her itinerary. All while traveling during the peak summer Hawaii travel season. Here’s what we suggested.
Her current problem serves as a good reminder to all of us. That is, options do exist, even when Hawaii airfare prices are so high, such as during summer.
In this case, LA is going to start at $707 RT for peak summer travel from Kauai on multiple carriers including Hawaiian Airlines. It probably won’t improve and availability at the end of June may also become a problem.
If saving money is the ultimate goal, here’s what Meredith can do differently.
1. Fly instead to an alternate city, in this case San Diego, for $569 on the nonstop from Lihue on Alaska. Multiple dates are available at that rate.
2. Puddle skip one or both ways between Hawaii and San Diego for as little as $481 or to Los Angeles from $563. That’s from both American and United and will include one or two stops along the west coast first. It will also double the duration en route with extra flights and waiting time between flights.
For testing purposes, we used 6/20 – 6/26 for her travel dates. Other dates are available at similar prices. And lastly, for $621, it is possible to fly nonstop in one direction and puddle skip the other way.
These options all depend on your threshold for pain in either driving to an alternate city or spending an extra six hours traveling in one or both directions.
Do you have any other tips to share to save on flights to Hawaii, especially during high season?