US airports with direct flights to Honolulu and cheap fares
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Jul 7, 2012 10:50 AM Last Post By: TroyJ
Sep 1, 2009 7:34 AM
Sep 1, 2009 8:17 AM
1I think you are going about this the wrong way. Your question is not at all logical.
1. Where are you starting from? Belgium? Is Honolulu the only place you are visiting or are you starting in the US? If so, what part?
2. If I tell you Hawaiian airlines has a cheap flight next Tuesday from Sacramento, are you going to spend a couple extra hundred dollars and several extra hours to get to Sacramento and stay in a motel overnight?
3. Where are you going after Honolulu? Other Hawaiian islands? Are you making a round trip out of this or are you going on to somewhere else?
4. What time of year? Makes a huge difference in price.
Sep 1, 2009 8:30 AM
2If you want cheap fares, you generally should avoid direct flights. Yes, it sounds crazy, but that's how the air-fare system often works in the U.S. So, if you are in Los Angeles and want to fly to Honolulu, it very often will be cheaper to fly via San Francisco. There are a few reasons for this, but one big reason is that people prefer direct connections, so will pay more for them. The pricing system is all about getting the maximum price that people are willing to pay.
Having said that, a good source for flight information is Flight Arrivals and Departures. Looking at that, I see that some airports with direct connections to Honolulu are Las Vegas NV, Los Angeles CA, and Ontario CA. However, that's only in a two-hour period, from 5 am to 7 am: I'm sure there are other places with direct connections.
Sep 1, 2009 9:02 AM
3Thank you Kahua, it was not my goal to sound logical, I just try to collect some preliminary info to build a trip plan. And yes, we would eventually fly from Europe to a US airport that has connections with Hawaii and combine this with a 2 or 3 day visit to the city where the airport is located. Not sure what is wrong with that. And not sure either of the departure date and the islands we will be visiting yet as i only started reading information yesterday.
Sep 1, 2009 9:43 AM
4Are you talking about "direct flights," which may have a stop, but you don't get off the plane, or "nonstop" flights which have no stops between the mainland and Hawaii?
In any case, you should look at the mainland city first. If you have never been to the US before, you will probably enjoy a few days in San Francisco, Seattle, or Chicago more than the same time spent in Sacramento or Phoenix.
It is a bit awkward, but if you go to the Honolulu Airport Flight Information web site, you can look at "arrivals" for each airline. That will show you the city of departure--the nonstop flights.
If you prefer nonstop flights, you may want to choose a mainland airport that has also has nonstop flights from Europe.
Sep 1, 2009 10:52 AM
5If you go to any of several Web sites showing flights, and choose some different possible departure cities that suit your needs, and check "also check nearby airports," you'll find out. I'm guessing you mean non-stop, not simply direct flights which, as noted, may involve a stop (just no change of planes). You can find non-stops from LAX, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Anchorage (ii.e., hubs for major airlines) and probably others. I like sites such as Orbitz since they show a graph of all the airlines at once, with non-stops at the top of each column. Kayak likely has fares just as good, but gives one long vertical list.
Sep 1, 2009 12:22 PM
6Apache- thank you for the information.
Now we know: You are looking for a round-trip from Europe to Hawaii. You are looking to stop for a couple of days in a US city, but not as part of an extended trip. That wasn't information we had before.
The other information that would be helpful would be:
1. When are you planning to do this?
2. How long are you planning on spending in Hawaii?
3. Are you only going to visit Oahu ( where Honolulu is) or are you planning on visiting other islands ( you could book an open-jaw flight)
4. What sort of budget do you have?
5. What sort of activities were you planning? Were you going to bring your own equipment? (ie-surfboard, boogie board- could cost extra baggage fees)
6. Where else have you been in the US, so we don't recommend somewhere you have already seen as a departure city for Hawaii?
I think you should be looking at the major airlines found on the above sites and looking for fares out of major cities. My experience with carriers to Hawaii is that the major airlines and the major cities are the most reliable, whereas the smaller airlines flying out of smaller cities are more likely to cease service to the small hubs, or go out of business ( Being stuck with $1000 worth of Aloha Airlines tickets after they suddenly ceased operations).
I's stick with the major airline hub cities that you can reach in one flight from Europe-
LAX (American, United), SFO (United) SEA, IAH.(Continental), SLC (Delta). Then look at Hawaiian Airlines website.
OZ in OH has a great point about the expense of direct flights: For example I tried www.kayak.com for RT Chicago- Honolulu. United's Nonstop is $1132, whereas the Continental flight that goes through Houston is $647. Do you want to pay $500 extra for the non-stop flight?
Sep 1, 2009 3:44 PM
7Not too many cities have direct flight to Honolulu.
Play around at www.kayak.com and you will find out.
Sep 1, 2009 8:05 PM
Sep 2, 2009 12:04 AM
9Not too many cities have direct flight to Honolulu.
All major west coast airports have nonstops to Honolulu. As noted LAX is often your cheapest bet, but the San Francisco Bay Area airports are competitive, and prices from Portland and Seattle are within reason if that's where you want to go.
If you're not sure which islands you're going to, you should figure that out first. There are nonstop flights available from the west coast to Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, although you'll often pay more for that than a connection in Honolulu. But still cheaper than buying a round trip to Honolulu and then a roundtrip to Kauai.
The best values for Hawaii are often packages: airline plus a week of car rental and a hotel or condominium. There are a lot of great deal available between now and Christmas.
Sep 2, 2009 2:42 AM
Sep 2, 2009 5:07 AM
11Fares from airports, such as LAX, SFO and Seattle, with several airlines flying to Hawaii, will generally be less than those from airports such as San Diego, Orange County and San Jose that have just one airline-- usually Hawaiian Airlines-- on the route (I assume you want to fly to Honolulu, and not Maui or Kona or Hilo). I checked arbitrary datea, and found, to my surprise, the lowest fares from Seattle But there will likely be a larger difference in fares depending on where in the U.S. you first fly to from wherever in Europe you're flying from. Fares to Hawaii from the west coast will not always be lower than those from New York and other east coast airports. But everyone is guessing where you might connect in the U.S. Until you narrow that down, it's all just wild guessing. If in doubt, try JFK.
Sep 2, 2009 8:07 AM
12As OP has not returned with more info-
Fares will be highest the last week of November, then Dec 18-Jan 3 of 2009/2010.
If price is your major concern, I also suggest looking at a package. The difference in cost of RT direct fares from cities very far apart ( like Seattle and Houston) is minmal ( $40 ) as compared to the cost of your flights to the US from Europe, and the cost of ground transport and accomodations.
Sep 2, 2009 8:40 AM
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