2015 Update | The Cheapest Time to Fly to Hawaii

2015 Update | The Cheapest Time to Fly to Hawaii

Our four-step 2015 guide to Hawaii travel deals features the best time to fly to Hawaii throughout 2015 and how much you can expect to pay. 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 2015! We expect to see more competition and discounting than normal on Hawaii routes. This is based largely on extremely low fuel prices which permit the airlines to still make money even on reduced airfares.

West Coast Departures: Starting from about $300 round-trip including all taxes and fees for spring and fall 2015.

Midwest and East Coast Departures: Expect to pay $250 to $300 more although some sales will result in even lower prices.

Tip: Overall, low season airfares should be down moderately when compared with 2013-2014.

Step 2: When to Travel for Hawaii Deals

  • Through March 12, 2015.
  • April 7 through June 4, 2015.
  • August 17 through November 19, 2015.
  • If you are traveling at the Christmas/New Year holidays, the lowest priced dates will be December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

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.

  • Winter and Spring 2015 travel – Hawaii deals will continue to appear from now through winter. Check our latest Hawaii airfare sales.
  • Late Summer and Fall 2015 travel – look for Hawaii deals to start appearing by early Summer 2015.
  • Christmas in Hawaii travel – most advantageous to book as early as possible, or at the very last minute if there is any remaining availability.

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:

  • Bellingham
  • Oakland
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • San Jose
  • Seattle

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 flies to Honolulu from Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 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.

Watch for updates.

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E komo mai – Welcome to Hawaii. Mahalo and A Hui Hou!



  1. Zanna (1 week ago)

    We want to fly from Portland, OR to Maui mid-August for a wedding. I noticed prices just went up. I am anxious they won’t go down again. What do you think – should we wait to purchase tickets? Thank you!

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Zanna,

      Looks like about $558 starts on 8/19. If that works, it isn’t bad. It could come down, but we won’t know until the airlines assess demand for those dates. Typically mid-August can have fare sales, but this year it may not happen. Sorry to not have more definitive information.


  2. Lauren (1 week ago)

    Great tips! We’re planning to visit Waikiki in early to mid August, and traveling from Brisbane (Australia) to Honolulu. Flights are approx $1100 each return – which seems to be standard price for that trip. Should we wait to book with Hawaiian Airlines, and hope there’s a better deal? I’d prefer to wait for a sale but don’t want to miss out.

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Lauren,

      There are round trips on Hawaiian starting at under $800 beginning mid-August, if that helps. That’s about as good as you’ll find. Occasionally, JetStar has had two for one sales, although not of recent.


  3. Abby (1 week ago)

    We’re looking to travel from Portland, OR to Kauia in May. Prices just jumped from 350 to 550. Did we miss the boat or is there a chance they’ll go back down? Thanks!

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Abby,

      Prices were definitely better when we last published fare sales from the Pacific Northwest. They could come down again, perhaps in a couple of weeks. But that may not happen. Depends on demand.


  4. Bee (1 week ago)


    I am looking to travel to Kona, HI from the East Coast in late September. When will be the best time to buy tickets? Right now they are running about 1K round trip.

    Thank you!!!

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Bee,

      What we know is already within the post. You might see $800′s.



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 welcome that.

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