There’s been a ton of battling back and forth over Hawaii fares the past few weeks, mostly it’s been Delta coming into other airline hubs and dropping price down to the $450 level, for example DC or Chicago through Atlanta to Honolulu. US Airways has gone into Delta hubs and done the same thing.
Yesterday Delta dropped Philadelphia – Atlanta – Honolulu down to $450 or so, it’s gone now unfortunately.
This morning I woke up to United offering these fares out of its own hubs with fares as low as $518 from the East Coast. Two-day minimum stay, fares are in the G and T buckets, and June/July/August seem to come in about $100 more. But I found Labor Day Weekend from DC for $538.
Naturally, I don’t expect the fares to last long, certainly not until tomorrow but it could be gone come early afternoon.
The point isn’t to jump on United’s Hawaii fars, though of course if you live in DC or Chicago or Houston it’s a great deal and you may want to grab it if you have any interest in Hawaii.
The point is, rather, that these fare sales pop up all the time especially with Hawaii, at least a couple of times a year. Be on the lookout for them, they make great mileage run fares but also a great opportunity to pop over or if it’s a destination you’re interested in for a trip especially with a family they make great purchase opportunities — just keep your eye open for fare sales and that’s when you have your short window to jump on ’em. The United fares, for instance, are available through end of schedule so if it’s winter 2012 you’re interested in you can grab those now.
Hesitate and you’ll be back into the $800s or $900s…