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Unless you hid under your umbrella, you probably know that Southwest Airlines announced Hawaii flight plans and round trip rates for as little as $ 98 yesterday. Bargain hunters snapped up the cheap seats quickly, and currently almost all Southwest spring season flights are already sold out.
Within hours of the Southwest announcement, we found other airlines to roll out just as remarkable prices. For example, Alaska Airlines round trip California-Hawaii rates dropped to just $ 198 round trip for a few hours on Monday. (See our post here.)
This morning the fare battlefield has calmed down a bit, with the lowest non-standing rates for spring trips of $ 278- $ 298 round trip on Alaska, Hawaiian and United Airlines. When Hawaii prizes fall below the $ 300 tour, you know you have a good deal on your hands so they represent great value.
These current tax rates are good for spring flights, rising to around $ 400- $ 500 on June 15 when high summer season kicks into equipment.
To get the best deals you must fly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in both directions between now and mid-June.
Currently, Hawaii's grandfather represents the best value, as they are not as limited as Alaska's "Saver" or United's "Basic Economy" rates.
Those on the Alaskan Saver fares only have access to the overhead bin space at the last minute. United offers $ 298 round trip basic economy rates, which do not allow access to overhead bin space at all and not allow seat selection – not a good idea if you want to sit with your friends or family for 5-6 hours of flight. You can avoid these restrictions by paying $ 358 for a regular finance card at United.
Update: Alaska Airlines has just rolled out a new Captain Marvel theme sale including many Hawaii routes.
The lowest rates from the Bay Area are mostly on flights from Oakland and San Jose, the two airports that Southwest flies from the spring. United's sales prices depart from SFO. Also, you'll find better and more numerous deals with clearing islands vs Honolulu. Here's an example of mid-May awards in the $ 278- $ 378 series.
The peak season in Hawaii runs from June 15 to August 15. Usually, prices go during the peak season of $ 600- $ 700. But with all the new competition, we see prices falling below $ 400 for a handful of summer vacations – it's also a remarkably good deal. For example, in mid-July, several of Alaska's lowest saver fares are only $ 398 round trip
My advice to the fence sits? If you see a price that fits into your schedule and budget, go ahead and take it now. Rates are likely at their lowest point right now due to Southwestern announcements. In addition to more people flying to Hawaii than ever, you will have an increasingly difficult time finding hotels, airbags, rental cars, etc. At decent rates or at all, as sales are expected due to the influx of visitors.
Want to take a dip down to the islands this spring or summer? Tell us in the comments!
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