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 at under $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

  • January 8 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.
  • 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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524 Comments

  1. Caridee Menlo (5 days ago)

    We are traveling to HNL Dec 25 – Jan 1. Airlines should be releasing those dates in a few weeks. Should we get ready to buy ASAP or wait a few months? Do you know the avg price I should expect to pay for these dates? (SLC-HNL) Thanks in advance!! Love this site!!! :)

    • Beat of Hawaii (5 days ago)

      Hi Caridee,

      Interesting situation. Typically flying on the holidays themselves is the best priced option over the expensive holiday period. Those particular dates can go down in price later, or the airlines may already adjust for them in their initial pricing released 330 days in advance. On those specific dates a good price might be in the range of $550 RT.

      Aloha.

  2. Karen (5 days ago)

    We live in Virginia and want to go visit relatives on Oahu as soon as we can to get away from this cold and get some sunshine! Where is the least expensive place to leave from? We’re willing to drive a few hours to save! And when is the best time to leave from here? Aloha!

    • Beat of Hawaii (5 days ago)

      Hi Ann,

      There aren’t very good Hawaii deals within driving distance of Virginia. Starting in mid-April the airfares from Washington DC (DCA) are running about $700. You may not be able to do better than that unless there is an unexpected sale.

      Aloha.

  3. Kelly (5 days ago)

    Hi, we are planning a trip May 22-29 from LAX. Right now he airfare is $570. Is that a good price given the timeframe and the holiday weekend?

    • Beat of Hawaii (5 days ago)

      Hi Kelly,

      There should be somewhat lower prices for that time period from LAX. That could happen at any time.

      Aloha.

  4. maya smith (5 days ago)

    We are traveling from San Jose, CA to the Big Island (KOA) at the end of April for 12 days. Air fare as of now is about $515 RT. I see that you’ve said post spring break prices aren’t out yet, but Im wondering if they’ll be lower than this. Any thoughts? We have already booked our condo, and I don’t want to miss the boat on getting airline tix, since there is only 1 nonstop flight offered. Thank you!

    • Beat of Hawaii (5 days ago)

      Hi Maya,

      It is likely that the price will come down somewhat for your dates. On the other hand, that isn’t guaranteed, and you could end up missing that nonstop on your preferred dates. Bird in hand vs. one in the bush.

      Aloha.

  5. TIFFANY (5 days ago)

    Aloha-

    Thank you so much for writing this article. It is very insightful. I am planning a holiday getaway for New Year’s Eve – leaving out of NYC on Dec. 28th and returning on Jan. 2nd. As of now I can’t find any flight into available. When do you think is the best time to begin searching for deals.

    Best!
    Tiffany

    • Beat of Hawaii (5 days ago)

      Hi Tiffany,

      Thanks for your nice words. The airlines release inventory 330 days prior, so you’ll soon see your dates appear. There will not be any deals for your dates, and availability more of an issue as we expect Hawaii to be oversold for the holidays. It would be a good idea to buy as soon as inventory is released and secure accommodations as well. Expect to pay $1,000 to $1,200 round trip from NYC. Let us know how it goes.

      Aloha.

  6. Liz Gavin (6 days ago)

    For travel from Chicago to Maui in August, should we wait to see if fares drop, or book soon?

    Kind regards,
    Liz

    • Beat of Hawaii (5 days ago)

      Hi Liz,

      Rule of thumb is first half of August buy now and second half of August wait.

      Aloha.

  7. Paul (1 week ago)

    Hi, We’re looking to go to Hawaii the week of April 21st. What do you think is a good price for pay for the flight? Thanks

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Paul.

      Where from and where to?

      Aloha.

    • Paul (5 days ago)

      Ops, we’re going from Calgary to Maui, maybe one of the other islands in Hawaii

    • Beat of Hawaii (5 days ago)

      Hi Paul,

      CA$535 if you can leave on the 20th, otherwise about $35 more. There may not be enough traffic/competition out of Calgary to see the price drop further.

      Aloha.

  8. Nicole Croft (1 week ago)

    Thank you for you great tips. I am planning on my very first trip off the mainland ever. We want to come on April 9 -15, do you think airfare might go down a bit for me to buy my tickets and hotel for those dates around March ?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Nicole,

      You’re in for a treat here in Hawaii!

      Yes it is definitely possible for your dates. It is worth waiting here for another month or so. We should know more by then.

      Aloha

  9. Pamela Parker (1 week ago)

    I am plannin a trip to Oahu May 5-10th from Phoenix. Prices are $466. Do you see those prices dropping?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Pamela,

      They might go down some, but probably not by a lot. Phoenix hasn’t seen much airfare sale action in some time.

      Aloha.

  10. Vanessa (1 week ago)

    Hello so January 2016 traveling with small children. What island do you recommend. We would like to rent a house and also be near shopping and excursions. We honeymooned in Maui but this will be our first family trip.

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Vanessa,

      Each island much to offer and doing that research is half the fun. Suggest you have a look at the Hawaii Revealed guidebook series plus just search for your question online and in the forums.

      Aloha.

  11. milissa (1 week ago)

    Just got an email from Hawaiian, they have started releasing sales on May dates. Im currently looking at SMF-HNL Memorial weekend through the following weekend. Hawaiian quote is $444 RT including taxes…I feel like I can get that for less then $400..thoughts?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Milissa,

      After spring break deals really aren’t out yet. $444 is very good however.

      Aloha.

  12. Mary (1 week ago)

    Hi there I wanted to check in to get your advice about booking airline tickets now for the last week in April going to Maui from Los Angeles. I did read that San Diego is a better option which I’m looking into. Wondered if fares may be better
    if I wait considering low fuel costs or worse in your opinion?

    Thanks so much!!

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Mary,

      Fuel costs aren’t being factored into pricing by the airlines to any significant degree. Deals are just about competition. You understand the Los Angeles vs. San Diego issue. Having said that, it appears we’ll see better pricing for April (except the first week). You may need to wait a month or so for that to materialize.

      Aloha.

  13. Rebecca Scott (1 week ago)

    I appreciate all your wonderful advice! When you say wait for post spring break prices……when does that typically happen?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Rebecca.

      Mahalo for your nice words.

      The current and recent Hawaii airline deals are for travel ending mid March. That will be followed by the spring break high season which goes until early April. At any point the airlines will start deals for the low season that goes from April until early June.

      Aloha.

  14. Colleen (1 week ago)

    My husband, daughter and I plan to travel to Oahu in mid or late July for about 10 days ( we are flexible on dates based on airfare ). We would be flying round trip from Spokane, WA. Right now, fares seem to be between $700 and $800 round trip per person. Will these rates go down at all. Last time we traveled we paid about $500 per person so these seem a little high. Thoughts?

    • Beat of Hawaii (1 week ago)

      Hi Colleen.

      Fares aren’t likely to come down for travel anytime in July. And if they do it would be quite last minute. Mid August is when fares drop to Hawaii.

      Aloha

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