Best & Cheapest Time To Book & Travel To Hawaii

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Guide to the best times to buy airline tickets to Hawaii and best months to fly to Hawaii.

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Two of the most common questions we get from travelers are "When is the best time to travel to Hawaii" and "When is the best time and day to buy airline tickets to Hawaii". So let's address these common questions right here so we can try and save you some money on your Hawaiian vacation.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Hawaii?

There is no one single answer to a question like this and a lot has to do with how flexible your plans are, where you're coming from in the world, and if you have kids and school to deal with.

For many families, dealing with kids in school seriously limits the available times of the year they can visit Hawaii. Usually this means summer break, fall break for some, winter break, and spring break. Because so many families with kids are in that same boat, the prices for airfare, car rentals, and hotel rooms tend to go up. It's simple supply and demand.

With all of that in mind, let's cover what are often the best and cheapest times to travel which are:

+ Mid April through early June
+ Late August through mid November
+ Mid January through late February

The logic works like this: Most spring breaks are in March or early April, so once that period is over travel becomes cheaper. On the flip side, most schools let out at the end of May or beginning of June so you want to travel before that happens if possible. If you have kids and must travel around summer vacation, consider traveling the day they get out of school for best results in beating the crowds.

Later in the year, after summer is over, most schools are starting back up in late August or early September so travel prices tend to go back down around this time. They'll often stay low until just before Thanksgiving week in November, at which point they'll rise up because many people travel around Thanksgiving time as well as around Christmas and New Year's times.

Once Christmas (see Christmas In Hawaii) and New Year's are over you have a decent period in January that runs into February before spring break starts up that can offer some decent deals.

A newer wildcard here is October break or Fall break which is becoming more and more popular with schools that let kids out for a week sometimes in the October or November time frame. So you may see certain times during these months where prices go up a bit.

When Is The Best Time To Buy Airline Tickets To Hawaii?

And the second part of that question is also "How far in advance should I buy them?" There are tons of studies done on this question so let's first start with the day of the week. The best day of the week, historically speaking, to buy plane tickets is:

#1 Sunday
#2 Saturday
#3 Tuesday

So, whenever possible, shoot for a Sunday for the best chance of nabbing some lower cost tickets. That doesn't mean Sunday is always the lowest, it just means that based on many quotes Sunday is, on average, the best time to buy tickets for both domestic and international flights.

Curious about the worst days to buy tickets? For domestic it's Monday and Friday, for international it's Friday and Thursday.

Moving on to the second part of this question, research has shown that it is often best to buy domestic plane tickets 57 days in advance and international plane tickets about 170 days in advance. These numbers are averages so day 57 isn't necessarily what you're waiting for, but around that time which is about 2 months in advance.

Once booked, you now have plenty of time to use our free Hawaii Travel Planner to plan out every detail of your vacation to maximize your fun! Speaking of planning, be sure to also read What To Do When Your Hawaii Plane Flight Is Canceled, 12 Things You Should Know Before Traveling With Young Kids, and our Top Tips For A Great Flight.

Ellen R
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 90
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Good advice about finding airfare to Hawaii. Does the same advice hold true for flying from Hawaii to the mainland? Thanks.
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
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The best time to go to Hawaii for me is our winter July-august so we can beat the cold but I will say I travel to Hawaii a lot and have been there all year around. It's always a beautiful day in Hawaii so really anytime is a great time! Whether it rains you always have a rainbow after it and it's always warm. I book my flights through Jetstar all round there are some very good deals. Keep an eye on the good deals and book ahead of time.
Brett D
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 56
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When questioning when is the best time to visit Hawaii all I can say is anytime you are able to go is the best time. In my opinion everyday is a great day to enjoy Hawaii. Weather is nice all year but if you plan on snorklleing or other activities you might want to check for when is best for conditions in the waters as they change per season. Cheapest time for us is usually October for flights and less congested with travelers.
Vickey W
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 123
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Very good tips on when to travel. We try to go during less visited times. Since we are retired we do have flexibility.
Stephanie M
Joined: Feb 2017
Reviews: 4
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We've been to Hawaii in mid March and then again in late April. I would honestly say that the late April trip was better. The weather was slightly warmer and there didn't seem to be as many rainy times. We are planning on a trip during the summer months to the Big Island in the next few years and have expected it to cost much more than our late April trip.
deborah c
Joined: Oct 2016
Reviews: 21
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Aloha airline is great! They were on time, clean, everyone was very friendly and you can not beat the low airfare!
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 237
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The best and only time to travel to Hawaii for us is taking our mother to be in the islands during her birthday and staying until mother's day. This is her birthday every year and she loves it. It is the perfect size and right color and we know that she will love it. This is also not considered during part of the busy season so it is cheaper.
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