5/7 update: This deal ended (for now) as we indicated would happen below. Prices returned to near $600. Did you take advantage of this sale that reduced prices over 30%? If so please let us know on comments below. If not, subscribe to our updates so you can jump on Hawaii deals as soon as we publish them.
Yesterday we were first to announce Virgin America Hawaii deals from Los Angeles as they marked the inauguration of flights to Honolulu. At that time we expected that Hawaiian Airlines would match the fare. By this morning, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines had also joined the ruckus, making it a 5-way competition resulting in fares down over 30% compared with prior prices.
We’ve been saying for a long time in our hallmark Cheapest Time to Fly to Hawaii that LA was about to be an intermittent roller coaster. Now the time has come. Not one of these airlines is giving up on either Hawaii in general or the Los Angeles to Hawaii market specifically. Why? It has been extremely lucrative for a long time both in cash and in burning frequent flyer miles, and they each hope to see that continue. Remember that these markets had been priced at $600 to $650 round trip.
Honolulu: For now the deals are in part limited to matching the offer from Virgin America, which is for fall travel. There is more availability now that there are five players.
Maui: In anticipation of new Virgin America LA to Maui flights coming next month, fares are already trending down in that market to $458 round trip for fall.
Stay tuned for more deals, probably not entirely unlike what have seen with San Francisco. We’re also looking for the possibility of somewhat reduced prices for peak summer travel.
Route on sale today:
- Los Angeles to/from Honolulu $199 each way.
- Los Angeles to/from Maui $229 each way.
Airlines: Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin America, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines to/from Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines and American Airlines to/from Maui (watch for others to participate later).
Travel and purchase dates: Travel starting early September through early November, excluding weekends. Travel starting either in Los Angeles, Honolulu or Maui. Purchase by today, May 6 at 9:59 pm. We expect to see these offers initially end tonight then be reoccurring.
Fares and Availability: Good availability at time of publishing. Not all days or flights.
Notes: If these dates don’t work for you, we expect to see many more Hawaii deals from Los Angeles. Also check Alaska Airlines from San Diego, and subscribe to our free email updates for the latest Hawaii travel deals.