Don't pay too much for a Hawaiian Interisland flight!
Ready to plan your dream vacation to Hawaii? If you have more than a few days your best bet is to visit at least two of the islands. Each island has it’s own unique feel and geography, so while your experience will vary the Hawaiian charm will guarantee a great time everywhere!
Your Interisland Starting Point
But if you’re going to travel between islands you’ll need a way to get around. The largest airport within the Hawaiian islands is in the capital, Honolulu. Because Honolulu International Airport has more flights than any other there’s a good chance you’re starting your trip here, on the island of Oahu.
Flights from the mainland and international flights do land at some of the other islands (like Maui and the island of Hawaii), but you can expect them to be a bit more expensive. Remember, if you’re on a budget consider landing in Honolulu and then continuing on an interisland flight to another island.
Interisland Trip Planning
Once you’ve decided where you’re starting your trip to paradise, it’s time to think about how much time you want to spend and what other islands you want to visit. Here are a few of my favorite resources:
- I love travel books, and they have many covering each island.
- Take a look at Twitter and search #Hawaii. Tons of great photos for inspiration!
- Don’t forget about the forums on various travel sites.
- Do a search for "Hawaii Blog" to find personal blogs w/great tips.
Already know where you want to visit? Now it’s time to find your interisland flights! You’ll find several flights between most of the islands each day, and the cost is generally fairly low. There are, however, a few things to consider:
Competition between airline carriers means that most flights come in around the same price. Do a quick search on your favorite travel website to double-check that you’re getting the lowest fare.
The day you book your interisland Hawaiian airfare also matters. Shoot for a Tuesday if possible (typically the least expensive day to book), and make sure that you are at least two weeks away from your trip.
Frequent Flyer Miles
Although you might not recognize the names of many airlines that offer Hawaiian interisland flights, you will find that they may be in the same frequent flyer program as your favorite carrier. This means that by booking with a preferred partner you could be earning points on your Hawaiian interisland flight, redeeming points for a free flight, or taking advantage of perks that status may provide.
Do you need a rental car or hotel for your trip? If so, you might be able to get a lower airfare by booking a package deal. This is because airlines, hotels, and rental cars will typically not publish their lowest possible rate due to competition and perceived value. It’s worth looking at package options on your favorite travel site, the carrier or hotel site, or a bidding site.
Last but not least, may careful attention to the timing of your flights. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in finding the lowest airfare possible, but remember that you’ve already taken the time of work and booked an unbelievable trip. Ask yourself if it would really be worth spending an entire day traveling, taking more than one stop, or flying at an inconvenient time all to save $25 or $50.
Have a wonderful time in paradise!