Our four-step 2015/2016 guide to Hawaii travel deals features the best time to fly to Hawaii and how much you can expect to pay. Just updated in August 2015 with our latest tips. We’ve included the most likely dates to find Hawaii deals that not only help you save on Hawaii airfare, but on accommodations and activities as well.
Step 1: What to Pay for Hawaii Deals.
Great news for the rest of 2015 and into 2016! We expect to see more competition and discounting than normal on Hawaii routes. This is based in part on increased inventory as well as on continued low fuel prices which permit the airlines to make money even on reduced airfares.
West Coast Departures:Lowest sale airfares starting from $300’s round-trip including all taxes and fees. Weekend travel may be $50 to $100 more than midweek.
Midwest and East Coast Departures: Expect to generally pay $250 to $300 more although some sales could result in even lower prices. Note that many mid-west and east coast cities do not get Hawaii deals due to lack of a competitive market, but may still see some reduction in off-season pricing. Weekend travel may be $50 to $100 more than midweek.
Tip: Overall, low season airfares should be down somewhat when compared with 2014.
Step 2: When to Travel for Hawaii Deals
- August 12 through November 19 and December 1 through 10, 2015.
- If you are traveling at the Christmas/New Year holidays, the lowest priced dates will be December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.
- Try to avoid June 9 to August 14, Christmas, as well as January and February, which are traditionally the high season dates. We’ll update the possibility of deals at that time when more information is available.
- Spring Break 2016 will be covering the second half of March and the beginning of April. Spring Break an expensive time to visit.
Tip: A spring or fall Hawaii vacation gets our unequivocal thumbs up. First, the very best in Hawaii weather is found during spring and fall. You can also luxuriate in the feeling of having the islands all to yourself, something that’s only possible during low season.
Step 3: When to Buy Hawaii Deals.
This largely depends on your flexibility and how determined you are to take a Hawaii vacation. Sometimes the deal that is available now is the best option even if it isn’t the rock bottom price, rather than one that may or may not materialize later. Monitoring for the very best fare can also be quite time consuming.
- Late Summer and Fall 2015 travel – look for Hawaii deals during Summer 2015 and thereafter.
- Christmas in Hawaii travel – it is most advantageous to book as early as possible, or at the very last minute if there is any remaining availability.
- Winter 2015/2016 travel – airfare sales may start during late summer or fall 2015, or thereafter.
- Spring 2016 travel – airfare sales may be combined with winter 2015/2016 sales appearing late summer or fall 2015. There will also be spring sales appearing thereafter.
Tip: At Beat of Hawaii we have our fishing net out to catch Hawaii travel deals for you. We’ll reel them in and be first to let you know when they appear. Please subscribe to our free mail and Facebook updates then stay tuned.
Step 4: Best Gateway Cities for Flights to Hawaii – AKA Where the Deals are.
Some cities continue to have increased competition. Travelers using these airports can expect to benefit most in terms of best pricing and greater availability. Those cities are:
- New York
- San Diego
- San Jose
Airlines that Fly to Hawaii.
The two primary choices from the west coast are Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Both are great carriers that have a wide range of offerings. Their prices on competitive services are usually but not always similar. There are other choices as well.
- Hawaiian Airlines flies to Honolulu, Hawaii (Big Island), Kauai, and Maui from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. They also offer inter-island service between all islands.
- Alaska Airlines flies to Honolulu, Hawaii (Big Island), Kauai, and Maui from Anchorage, Bellingham, Oakland, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, and Seattle.
- Allegiant Air still flies to Honolulu from Las Vegas and Los Angeles although we aren’t sure for how long. Their base pricing can often be the lowest. However, they feature a la carte pricing that includes fees for carry-on luggage and even water on board. Their seats do not recline.
- Legacy carriers, including American, Delta and United all have a range of flights to and from Hawaii from most areas of the U.S. While there can be (and recently has been) discounting on these companies as well, it is not nearly as frequent as on the airlines above which specialize in Hawaii.
Lastly, we look forward to your comments and questions. While we are not able to respond to all of these individually, we hope that we have answered many of your most asked questions here or in previous comments. If you would like to respond to others’ comments and questions, we encourage that.
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E komo mai – Welcome to Hawaii. Mahalo and A Hui Hou!