Hopping a flight to Hawaii takes a bit more planning than scoring cheap tickets for a last-minute getaway to your nearest big city. Here is some basic information for FareCompare readers on U.S. airlines that fly to Hawaii.
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Alaska Airlines has daily non-stop flights from Seattle to Kona, Hawaii (The Big Island); Lihue, Kauai; Kahului, Maui; and Honolulu/Waikiki, Oahu. They also have seasonal flights from Anchorage to Oahu, as well as year-round flights from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Currently, booking two weeks in advance, round trips average just under $700 from Seattle.
American flies to the four largest islands (Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu) from San Francisco and Los Angeles. American also has flights to Hawaii from Tokyo and Osaka. Expect round-trip fare from Los Angeles to Honolulu to be just over $800.00.
Continental, which is in the process of merging with United Airlines, flies to the four biggest islands from numerous cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. Continental also flies to Hilo from Los Angeles (daily) and San Francisco (weekly). A midweek round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu should cost around $1020.
Delta has nonstop flights between Honolulu and Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Delta also flies nonstop between L.A. and Kahului (Maui), Lihue (Kauai), and Kona (Hawaii), and provides daily nonstops between Honolulu and both Tokyo and Osaka.
In Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines flies to and from Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Lihue, Lanai City, Kahului, Kapalua, and Molokai. On the mainland, the airline services Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San José, Seattle, Cleveland, Fresno, Monterrey, and Santa Barbara. Flying midweek round-trip from Los Angeles to Honolulu should set you back around $950.
From its hubs in L.A., San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Chicago, and New York, United has the most flights to and from Hawaii of the major U.S. airlines. United flies to Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, and Lihue. They now also have daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Hilo, as well as weekly nonstop flights between Hilo and San Francisco. The Hilo flights are operated by Continental, which is in the process of merging with United. You’ll pay around $950 round trip from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
US Airways has flights between Honolulu and Charlotte, and between Phoenix and Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii (The Big Island).
Airports in Hawaii include Honolulu International Airport (Oahu), Kona International Airport (Big Island), Hilo International Airport (Big Island), Kahului Airport (Maui), Kapalua Airport (Maui), Lihue Airport (Kauai), Molokai Airport (Molokai), and Lanai Airport (Lanai). Midweek round-trip fares from Phoenix to Honolulu are just under $800.
With all airlines, expect a premium of around $200 per ticket if you want to travel in the winter. April, May, September, and October are considered the best overall months for Hawaii travel. Airfare sales typically start on Monday nights, so shopping Tuesdays will give you a jump on great fares.