When it comes to finding the best airfares deals to and from the Islands, it takes a lot of time. That will come as no surprise to our fellow travel deal diehards.
Sometimes for me, it’s a game, and I’m willing invest a lot more time than it is probably worth. But you have to take into account just how much your time is worth and how how far you are willing to go to attain the savings.
“Point is – deals are there but boy it was a lot of work. I was practically in tears by the time I spent an hour + on the phone with United trying to sort their web site out and book the reservation. Can’t wait till I start on the summer trip, yikes!!” Ann T.
One reader’s story
A loyal Beat of Hawaii reader, Ann T., emailed me this weekend to report what she’d done recently in order to score the best deal. Ann lives in Hawaii and wanted to buy tickets to go to San Francisco in June.
” I kept tracking Kayak @ $750+.” Then, United.com for 3 days showed fares in the $600’s that did not really exist (so they gave me a $50 coupon for my patience)! “Today listed fare on United site was $575 – with $50 off, $525!!!! We scored! Further added Ann: Kayak still said $700’s+; United, Hawaiian and Alaska were all less than Kayak, Expedia, Priceline, etc.
My questions for Ann: 1) How did you extract $50 from United and how long did that take? 2) What was the total amount of time you spent to achieve the savings?
Here are just some of the types of sources that I scour regularly for airfares. I typically do that checking at least a half dozen times each day for our Post Alerts.
- Airline websites
- Online travel agencies (e.g. Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz)
- Airfare search engines (e.g. Kayak)
- Deal alerts (e.g. Expedia’s Airfarewatchdog)
- Social Media (e.g. Twitter feeds and Facebook fan pages)
What do you do, other than receiving our updates, to watch for possible drops in Hawaii airfares? And how much time do you spend getting your Hawaii vacation on the cheap?
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