Updated 1/1/2019. Recent updates regarding which mainland departure locations are the cheapest cities for Hawaii flights due to increased competition. Travelers using these airports can expect to benefit most in terms of consistently lowest prices and greatest availability. Check the starting prices below to see how little you can expect to spend for winter, spring and fall travel.
Hawaii Flights and Cheapest Departure Cities
Los Angeles. Prices are trending down (15-25%) intermittently on multiple airlines due to new and anticipated competition. Target prices for 2019 start at $300’s round trip, even to Kauai. And perhaps it will get even better than that. That as Hawaiian Airlines introduces additional flights on their fleet of new aircraft and Southwest Hawaii gets going. If Southwest adds Los Angeles to Hawaii flights, then prices will be even lower.
Oakland. Good Hawaii deals overall on Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines. This will be Southwest Hawaii’s base. Target prices for 2019 start at $300 but we might see even $200 RT fares ahead. Oakland will be one of the cities to benefit most from Southwest Airlines Hawaii flights, when those start.
Portland. We’ve had repeated sales on Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines and especially United Airlines. Target prices during on-again, off-again sales from $300, or even less. Summer may see deals again too. Savings have been 50% or more off normal prices, to all islands.
Sacramento. Expect frequent but short-lasting sales with target prices beginning in $300’s. Remainder of 2019 should see lower fares based on new flights by Southwest.
San Diego. Better deals overall than Los Angeles via Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and others. 2019 target prices start at $300 or less. We should continue to see lower fares, due to competition and the announcement of Southwest flights from San Diego and perhaps Los Angeles.
San Francisco. Reasonable prices on Hawaiian Airlines, and others. Target prices for 2019 starting in low $300’s.
San Jose. Still one of if not the best “Hawaii deals” gateway cities. Check Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Target prices start at low $300’s and this may improve still. Watch for as low as $200 RT. This will be another Southwest gateway city to Hawaii.
Seattle. Repeated and sales on multiple carriers including Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. Sale prices have started in high $200’s. Watch for savings at 50% or more off normal prices, to all islands. Expect improvement throughout 2019 more flights to Hawaii from Seattle may occur.
Note: We frequently update this post on Cheapest Cities for Hawaii Flights. Look for more information to come soon.