2015/2016 Update | The Cheapest Time to Fly to Hawaii

2015/2016 Update | The Cheapest Time to Fly to Hawaii

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 July 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.

Be sure to check for great deals from our friends at Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Discount Hawaii Car Rentals, The Parrish Collection Kauai and Maui Rental Group.

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 most of March. 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:

  • Bellingham
  • New York
  • 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 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.

Watch for updates.

We continue to update this information as changes occur. Also subscribe to our free deal alert emails.

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




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1,341 Comments

  1. Brian (1 day ago)

    There is some really good information here. I am getting married in Maui on the second weekend of June. We are flying out of Chicago. What is a good price point? Prices have already gone up by over 100 dollars this past weekend when our plans weren’t yet finalized. Can you help?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 day ago)

      Hi Brian,

      Looks like it will be about $1,000 for weekend travel and up to $100 less for weekday travel.

      Aloha.

  2. Eric (1 day ago)

    Possible flight price from seattle for 6/16/16to 6/22/16 and best time to buy

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 day ago)

      Hi Eric,

      To Honolulu low $600′s and probably good to buy ASAP.

      Aloha.

  3. Jamie (1 day ago)

    Going to Maui the second week of Nov, flying from Boise.

    Do you anticipate airfare going down in August?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 day ago)

      Hi Jamie,

      Perhaps a little. It is just hovering around $600 which isn’t that bad from Boise. It’s safe to wait and watch when we feature Alaska Airlines fares next time.

      Aloha.

  4. Nancy (2 days ago)

    My husband and I are looking to fly to Hawaii from Pittsburgh, PA or Baltimore, MD in the summer of 2016. Can you give me an idea of what the price range of flights will be for the two of us and when would be the best time to start looking at flights?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 day ago)

      Hi Nancy,

      Baltimore is quite a bit cheaper. There is only pricing through June, and there are mid-week fares of about $800 on American. It would probably be best to buy for peak season ASAP.

      Aloha.

  5. Am (2 days ago)

    Planning to travel to maui Nov 23-30 (thanksgiving week) with cheapest airline at 670. Do you think prices will drop? Should i book now? or should i wait?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 day ago)

      Hi Am,

      Not sure where you’re traveling from, but with virtual certainty, Thanksgiving prices will not be going down. It is best to book now.

      Aloha.

  6. Kylin (3 days ago)

    Hello!
    My boyfriend and I are trying to find a good time to come visit Maui from Boise, Idaho. We are looking to go April 3-10! Do you think that is a good time to visit, and also, what is the average price for the tickets at that time?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 day ago)

      Hi Kylin,

      First week of April is running quite a bit higher than 2nd or 3rd weeks. If you can travel mod-week that is better. Round trip on UA from $628 and about $50 more for Alaska which is a better connection. Prices could drop somewhat if you wait. Fares for that season might be lower during the fall/winter.

      Aloha.

  7. Kevin (3 days ago)

    My fiancee and I will be honeymooning in Hawaii (October 13 – 20) from Cleveland or columbus ohio. We will stay in Honolulu (October 13-16)and on Kona(October 16-20). I’ve been looking the past month and have seen prices range from $900 – 1050 wit the inter isand flight. When is the best time to buy this flight and what prices should I expect?

    Thanks

    • Beat of Hawaii (3 days ago)

      Hi Kevin,

      This is the time to be watching; actually from now until when you fly. Best hope might be in the $800′s for your itinerary.

      Aloha.

  8. Marilynn (5 days ago)

    what is best time to book flight Portland to Maui for March 2016

    • Beat of Hawaii (3 days ago)

      Hi Marilynn,

      Most of March is high season due to spring break and it might be best to book soon.

      Aloha.

  9. florence (5 days ago)

    Hi! I just want to know what is the airfare from Los Angeles to Honolulu on spring break ?

    • Beat of Hawaii (3 days ago)

      Hi Florence,

      Mid-week starts in low $600′s, with weekends up to $150 more.

      Aloha.

  10. Liz (5 days ago)

    Is it too late in the year to find good deals for this fall? Coming from southeast US, looking at places on the big island.

    • Beat of Hawaii (5 days ago)

      Hi Liz.

      “Late Summer and Fall 2015 travel – look for Hawaii deals during Summer 2015 and thereafter”.

      It is not too late.

      Aloha.

  11. Eric (5 days ago)

    Hi there, we are trying to fly from vancouve or seattle to honolulu November 7 this year. The prices keep going up for the flights and availability less and less. Do you think I need to book these flights right away before they book up, or do airlines typically open up more flights and reduce the price? I feel stumped on what to do.
    Thanks for your help

    • Beat of Hawaii (5 days ago)

      Hi Eric.

      Airlines will not add flights. Deals this week were mostly just through October. There will be more but keep in mind that weekend travel may be $50 to $100 more than midweek.

      Aloha

  12. Brody johnson (6 days ago)

    What might we be looking at price wise in April 2016 2 kids, 3 adults. Vegas to maui?

    • Beat of Hawaii (6 days ago)

      Hi Brody.

      $600′s per person.

      Aloha.

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