Best Time to Visit Hawaii – When to Fly and Buy

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Historically, Hawaii has never been particularly cheap. But as the islands have become more competitive thanks to more airlines, we’ve been seeing better and better prices. Remember, always compare airfares to be certain of getting the best deal; you might just discover that now  is the perfect time to visit America’s 50th state.

Best Time to Visit Hawaii

Things to consider when planning an island visit; learn more about special events and attractions from Hawaii’s Visitors Guide.

  • Hawaii can be expensive for winter snow-bird trips.
  • Summer will be crowded with tourists and families.
  • Year-round temperatures range from 70s to 90s; water temperatures from 70s to 80s.
  • Hawaii’s hurricane season officially runs from June through November but massive storms hitting the islands are pretty rare. Keep up with forecasts at the National Hurricane Center.
  • The dry season is April through October.
  • The rainy season is November through March.
  • A single island may contain multiple micro weather systems.
  • Events of note:

Best Hawaii Shopping Tips

  • Where to fly: Hawaii’s capital of Honolulu on Oahu has long been the most popular island destination, in part because it was cheapest. However, in recent years, we’ve seen increasingly good deals to Maui’s Kahului airport, so check fares to multiple islands.
  • Where to depart: The cheapest flights to Hawaii are along the West Coast of the U.S. including San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, OR and Seattle. If you’re not in this part of the country, consider planning a Hawaii jaunt in two parts; fly from your departure city to a cheap West Coast city, then take a another flight to the islands. One more thing; no matter where you are, try to fly out of the biggest airport you can, even if it’s a couple of hours drive. Bigger airports usually mean cheaper prices.
  • When to shop: Start at least 3 months of travel and try to have tickets purchased a month ahead. And shop on a Tuesday; airfare sales are typically released late Monday or early Tuesday so shopping Tuesday afternoon can mean more deals to choose from.
  • Always compare airfares: No single airline always has the best deal. If you don’t use a comparative airfare search site, you could pay too much (sometimes, way too much).
  • Be flexible: Generally, flying on a weekday is cheaper than a weekend, but this can vary; when you compare prices be sure to compare potential travel itineraries, too.
  • Use the Getaway Map: This handy tool will show you precisely the cheapest days to fly; you choose the season or month you want to travel and it will do the rest.
  • Set alerts: Sign up for deals to Hawaii from your city; it takes about two seconds. Then, the cheapest available fares will come to you in real-time. Tip: If you see a price you like, jump on it. You’re not the only one who wants to go to Hawaii!

And, safe travels.

Rick Seaney
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