Airfares to Hawaii skyrocketed in mid-2008 and as a result, many people began suffering from severe cases of HawaiiAirfarePhobia. If you were one of the victims, I hope this news will allay your fears. Airfares to Hawaii are looking pretty darn good for 2009. January and February are particularly attractive. From looking at the airfare data in my handy dandy Kayak.com alerts, here’s an rough aggregated look at how 2009 (through November) is shaping for airfares:
Best fares: January, February, May, September, October
Better fares: March, April, August
Good, but not great fares: June, July, November
So, what kind of deals are available? Here’s a roundup of what other blogs have found:
- Susan Derby at the LA Times reports that Pleasant Holidays has Hawaii Fly and Drive Packages from Los Angeles and San Francisco that include airfare and three day car rental from $269. Susan found flights for two people plus an economy rental car for a total of $603 including taxes.
- Bruce and Yaling from the Hawaii-based travel agency, Hawaii-Aloha, tell us that they are seeing excellent fares from the East Coast. They found round-trip airfare from Washington DC for only $414 per person.
Personally, I can report that Andy and I found deals that we could refuse and booked tickets over the weekend. We found a fare of $460 per person before taxes and fees in early February. We paid twice that much for just one ticket in October 2008.
So, if the sight of another snowflake makes you want to scream, you can escape to sunny Hawaii for less than you might think. Have you looked at Hawaii airfares lately? Did you find any pleasantly surprising deals?