Happiness is a Hawaiian vacation and if you plan sooner rather than later, there are some significant discounts available.
Hawaiian Airlines (tel. 800/236-5451; www.hawaiianair.com) has recently added more inter-island flights to its schedule to allow for more convenient connections from the mainland. There are now 11 daily Honolulu to Kona departures, and nine daily Honolulu to Hilo flights. The airline serves nine gateway cities on the mainland, more than any other airline. Book now for discounted winter fares that are valid for travel until March 9, 2006. Although there is no "must book by" date, this is a limited offer.
Sample fares for roundtrip non-stop flights to Honolulu start from:
- San Jose or Los Angeles $298
- Phoenix $318
- San Francisco $338
- Portland $438
- Seattle $468
Add $100 for round-trip inter-island flights. Some blackout periods and dates apply.
It's too late to take advantage of Aloha Airlines' (tel. 800/367-5250; www.alohaairlines.com) Winter Fare sale, but you can book now for Aloha's early summer specials with its Early Summer Sale. Hurry, these special summer rates are on sale only through Tuesday, January 24, 2006.
Sample one-way Tuesday to Thursday departures include:
- Oakland to Honolulu, Maui or Kona from $149
- San Diego to Maui from $149
- Orange County to Honolulu, Maui or Kona from $159
Prices valid for travel between May 1 and June 14, 2006
Book a three-night Hawaiian vacation through Pleasant Holidays (tel. 800/742-9244; www.pleasantholidays.com) from now until January 31, 2006 and receive a free Ipod Shuffle, plus enjoy discounted prices. A Hawaii Travel Deal of the Week air plus hotel vacation in Honolulu valid for travel until March 6, 2006 starts from $329 per person from either Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Other departure city rates include:
- Seattle or Portland $435
- Dallas $589
- New York $595
- Chicago $615
Maui three-night packages:
- Los Angeles or San Francisco $449
- Seattle or Portland $579
- Dallas $735
- New York $739
- Chicago $755
Weekend departures are available for slightly more and you can extend your stay.
Orbitz (www.orbitz.com) is currently offering a selection of Super Sea and Sand Sale Hawaii Vacation Deals. For example a midweek (Monday to Thursday) departure from Los Angeles flight and hotel package to Maui is priced from $656 per person based on two people traveling together. This package includes roundtrip airfare on Delta Airlines, three-nights accommodation at the three-star Maui Outrigger Royal Kahana Hotel and all taxes (based on a January 30, 2006 departure). Travel on the same date from Los Angeles to Honolulu and your three-night package staying at the four-star ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel is priced from $606 per person or packages at the four-star ResortQuest Shores at Waikoloa on the Big Island start from $723. All these properties offer a fifth night free promotion if you extend your stay. Higher rates apply for other dates.
For travelers who want to do a lot more than just sit on the beach, Aloha Hawaiian Vacations (www.all-inclusive-hawaii.com) can arrange all-inclusive deals with airfare, accommodation, transfers, tours, activities, entertainment and meals. Their eight-day Waikiki Beach-Oahu package is priced from $1888 (from Los Angeles) staying in a standard room at the First Class Ohana Waikiki West Hotel. Highlights include a Hawaiian Luau, an island safari adventure, the Hanauma Bay excursion, and a sunset dinner cruise. Departures are from Monday to Thursday during the spring (April 23 to May 31, 2006) or the fall (from September 1 to December 13, 2006).
Their seven-day Maui All inclusive package is priced from $2,150 staying at the Royal Laihana Resort. Highlights include a whale watching tour (seasonal) or reef snorkeling trip, a spa and massage package, sunset dinner cruise and a Hawaiian Luau. This package which includes all of the features of the Waikiki Beach package plus inter-island flights is valid for departures on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from Los Angeles. Add $100 for winter departures (now until April 22, 2006) or a weekend departure.
Hawaii 4 Less (tel. 800/967-6687; www.hawaii4less.com) provides condo/car packages on four of the Hawaiian Islands for low rates. The following are rates for seven-night packages in one-bedroom ocean-front or ocean-view condos with economy car rental:
- Kaleialoha (Maui) from $500
- Island Sands (Maui) from $555
- Kihei Surfside (Maui) from $600
- Sugar Beach (Maui) from $640
- Kona Makai (Kona) from $505
- Kona Bali Kai (Kona) from $565
- Kaha Lani (Kauai) from $495
- Wailua Bay View (Kauai) from $575
- Pono Kai (Kauai) from $590
Accommodation in two-bedroom condos for four people traveling together is priced at even lower rates. For savings on airfare, combine one of their great condo/car packages with their wholesale airfare departing from select U.S. cities.
Book a Travelocity (www.travelocity.com) Hawaiian Beach package before January 31, 2006 and get $50 of the already discounted price. Packages feature round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, taxes and four-nights accommodation at a three-star hotel including:
- The Aqua Palms Honolulu from $659 (and receive the fifth night free)
- The Kauai Beach Resort from $865
- The Royal Laihana Resort in Maui from $758
- The Outrigger Keauhou Beach on the Big Island from $731 (and receive the fifth night free)
- Aloha Beach Resort on Kauai from $807 (and receive the fifth night free)
Enter the promotional code BEACHFUN when making your booking.
Sample roundtrip airfares to Honolulu including taxes through Travelocity start from:
- Boston: $558 (from March 1 to April 30, 2006) on US Airways
- New York: $578 (from February 1 to March 31, 2006) on US Airways
- Detroit: $584 (from March 1 to April 30, 2006) on US Airways
- Charlotte: $622 (from March 1 to April 30, 2006) on Northwest Airlines
- Chicago: $645 (from March 1 to April 30, 2006) on US Airways