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

  • 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.

  • Spring 2015 travel – Hawaii deals may continue to appear. 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.

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. Robin (2 days ago)

    Hi…we are flying from Pennsylvania to Honolulu 8/12-8/26. Prices are a little lower than we paid last summer. Is it smart to go ahead and book the flights now in fear that they will fill up or should I wait a bit longer to see if fares will drop?

    • Beat of Hawaii (2 days ago)

      Hi Robin.

      Just over $850 RT, which isn’t too bad. It isn’t likely to sell out for those dates, and the prices may or may not decline from there. If you buy now, just don’t look back.

      Aloha.

  2. Debra (2 days ago)

    My husband and I are looking to visit Kauai the end of September 2015. We live in Florida so not sure the best rates for leaving out of Tampa and the best time to buy?

    Thanks
    Debra

    • Beat of Hawaii (2 days ago)

      Hi Debra,

      $866 on Delta with reasonable connections. When to buy is already in the post. Might or might not get better. There is no competitive market for travel from Florida to Hawaii.

      Aloha.

  3. Ryan (4 days ago)

    Hello again. I’m following up from a previous post about traveling from Boston to Honolulu and then Maui to Boston 11-1 through 11-12. We have established that it will be best to wait until early summer for deals this time of year, but could you give me an idea of about what price point I should be looking for, for the round trip flight? Thanks again for your help. This site is great!

    • Beat of Hawaii (2 days ago)

      Hi Ryan,

      There won’t be deals from Boston as there is virtually no Hawaii market from there. But as for best pricing, you might expect the $600′s. In fact there is such a price now on Delta. $689. Definitely not bad and it may not get any better. Other airlines are starting at about $100 more. Hope that helps.

      Aloha.

  4. Peta (4 days ago)

    Thank you! Sorry I didn’t give very many details. We’re travelling from Vancouver, BC via Portland Oregon on Alaska Airlines….we’re also using a companion fare. So the fully paid fare came to about $600.

  5. Tina (4 days ago)

    Just found your site. Wondering if we can expect to see any good deals for PDX to Honolulu in late November 2015? Right now I’m finding round trip with Alaska Air for $450 each. I did see that you suggested in the above article to check for deals starting in early summer…which means when, May? June? Thanks!

    • Beat of Hawaii (4 days ago)

      Hi Tina,

      That is a good deal. A very good one. End of November isn’t a cheap time so it would be best to buy now.

      Aloha.

  6. Peta (4 days ago)

    Hi There

    We’re travelling to Kona between Nov 6-Nov 14. I have a found a good deal for approximately $850 return for 2 of us…do think it’s going to get any better or should I snag this now?

    • Beat of Hawaii (4 days ago)

      Hi Peta,

      While you didn’t say where you are traveling from, anytime you can fly for around $400 or so that is a great deal. And better to snag one now than to have to keep watching and waiting in many cases.

      Aloha.

  7. Tammy (1 week ago)

    Hello again. I just want to thank you for answering my previous question about a May 29 – June 5 flight out of San Diego to Kauai. As it turns out waiting until the last minute has indeed paid off today as there was a price drop of over $100 I snagged 2 tickets under $500 round trip . WooHoo! Not sure I could stomach waiting until the last weeks again. It’s kind of like playing the stock market. I sure hope there are many happy travelers out of San Diego today. Thanks again for answering all of our nervous questions. Much aloha and mahalo.

    • Beat of Hawaii (4 days ago)

      Hi Tammy,

      So glad that worked out for you!

      Aloha.

  8. Marilyn (1 week ago)

    Enjoy your site. Planning trip to Kauai 9-17 to 9-24-15 out of LAX or SAN or BUR and remember a low fare for that time of year but do not remember when it was advertised. Any chance of that happening in May?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Marilyn.

      Sure that’s possible. But as it says, more likely in June or after.

      Aloha.

  9. Thanh (1 week ago)

    Hi, Very helpful site! My family of four will be traveling August 11-17 and staying in Oahu. We plan on waiting until mid May/June to buy tickets out of Southern California planning LAX (but can do BUR or SAN if the savings are significant) to Honolulu. It seems by that time, the best priced tickets would be around $500 each, should I buy when they hit that price or do you think they’ll drop further? Should I wait until later in June or July to purchase?

    Thank you!

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Thanh,

      That’s running $700 or so on all airlines other than Allegiant (which is $200 less in theory).

      For your dates the prices could drop, but if so and by how much, isn’t clear yet. Yes it might be better to wait until we see late summer/fall airfare sales. That might be within the next 60 days.

      Aloha.

  10. Tara (1 week ago)

    Hello,

    I am looking for tickets for a trip from September 1st through the 8th. What do you think will be the best price i can get. I saw on kayak a round trip for 405 from san diego to maui. Is that good or do you think they will get lower than that around the beginning of summer still?

    Thank you for your time!

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Tara,

      It could get a little better, but not by very much. May $50.

      Aloha.

  11. Frank Gonzalez (1 week ago)

    Family of four traveling July 8-15 three seats one lap infant. I’ve been watching fares since last October currently around 700/rt. Is there any chance fares will drop last minute like they do for winter and spring for this time period. Flying from Southern California to Honolulu. What is the best advice?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Frank.

      In a word, no. That is high season travel during to an in-demand location in a very strong travel year.

      Aloha.

    • Frank (2 days ago)

      Found a deal today for 603 r/t lax -hnl July 8-16 is that good everything else has been 714. Wait till end of May or purchase now?

    • Beat of Hawaii (2 days ago)

      Hi Frank.

      Sounds like quite a good price really. While it could get a little better, that isn’t at all likely.

      Aloha.

  12. Anthony (1 week ago)

    HI, My family (2 x adults & 2 x kids 9, 6) have booked flights from Brisbane Australia to Honolulu on 27th November returning 10th December. I am wanting to visit the big island and Maui also and was wondering when to book and what price to expect for inter island flights at this time. Kind regards Anthony

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Anthony,

      There can be inter-island airfare sales. But, they aren’t always in that availability of sale prices isn’t for the most desirable times. Therefore, as a rule of thumb, we’d suggest booking inter-island as far out as possible. For Big Island your only choice will be Hawaiian Airlines, so you’ll need to pay the going rates, that are largely time of day dependent.

      Aloha.

  13. Casey (1 week ago)

    High, great site! I’m wondering about the best time (or price range to look for) for travelling to Kona/Hilo from Minneapolis in late January 2016. All the prices I’m seeing now are in the $800+ range except for a few Alaska Air flights.

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Thanks Casey.

      January is high season in Hawaii so deals aren’t expected. It’s even worse from MSP since there are rarely deals to Hawaii. That doesn’t mean a fare war couldn’t happen, it just is not at all likely. Sorry to not have better news.

      Aloha.

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