September 28th Update: We received an email from Hawaiian Airlines that this winter fare sale is likely to sell out soon.
Well, I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that Hawaiian Airlines has put airfare on sale with one-way fares starting at $62. That’s the lowest fares I’ve seen in since I’ve been following domestic airfare to Hawaii in 2006.
The sale and the window of travel varies by route. For the most part, this sale is for winter travel starting in mid-January. That’s a perfect time to thaw out in Hawaii when most of the U.S. experiences the chilliest weather.
The “fine print” regarding this sale reads as follows:
“Not all flights operate daily. Fares may not be available over all dates, and fares on some dates may be higher. The number of seats available in this fare class during the travel period shown are limited and may change at any time without notice. Fares include government taxes and fees and carrier fees. Fares are non-refundable, non-transferrable, non-endorsable, non-upgradable and non-changeable. Travel must only be on flights operated by Hawaiian Airlines. Other restrictions apply.”
For the lowest fares, you must book Main Cabin Basic seats. These are standard, main cabin (economy) seats and do include a meal and basic beverages. Perhaps the biggest limitation of Main Cabin Basic is that however you cannot pre-select a seat until you check in for your flight up to 24 hours in advance.
Main Cabin seats are also on sale for approximately $40 more that Main Cabin Basic each way. Main Cabin seats allow you to pre-select your seat before check in and allow you earlier boarding for overhead bin access. This page explains more about Main Cabin Basic versus Main Cabin tickets.
Hawaiian Airlines flies predominately from West Coast airports, but they also have stretched to fly from airports much further east, like Austin, Boston and New York. Hawaiian and Jet Blue have a codeshare agreement that opens up even more gateways to Hawaii.
If you are wondering whether Winter is a good time to visit Hawaii, the answer is most definitely yes. See these two articles: