How to Book Cheap Trips to Hawaii and Other Money Saving Tips

By Coco Zickos

Waikiki. Photo: naoko kawachi.

Waikiki. Photo: naoko kawachi.

It’s no secret that traveling to Hawai‘i is expensive. But don’t let that stop you from making an epic journey to paradise. There are ways to cut costs and book cheap trips to Hawaii, but you might have to dig a little deeper and know exactly where to look.

Track Rates Regularly

Maui resort pool at sunset. Photo: Alpha

Maui resort pool at sunset. Photo: Alpha

First, you don’t need a travel agent to get to the Islands. Of course, they can make your life easier but if you’re trying to save money, you need to do the leg work yourself. In order to find the best deals on airfare, hotels and car rentals, make sure you’re tracking rates on a regularly basis. It’s also best to have a flexible schedule so that when the price is right you can strike while the iron’s still hot.

Find Cheap Flights During the Off-Season

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Photo: Tom Walker.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Photo: Tom Walker.

Flights tend to be less pricey between peak seasons which include winter holidays, spring break and summer. Traveling to Hawaii in May or September, for instance, is a prime time to save. Also, traveling midweek as opposed to the weekends can put even more money back in your pocket. These savings even apply to hotels and car rentals.

Get Social!

mai tai

Mai Tai. Photo: Johnny Silvercloud.

One thing is for sure, you have to be diligent about checking rates and comparing and contrasting the best companies that suit your needs. In order to do so, sign up for emails at airline and hotel sites that will regularly alert you to promotions. Websites like Hawaii.com are also host to a plethora of travel specials and deals. And you can’t forget the power of social media. By following airlines or hotels on Facebook or Instagram you’ll discover travel deals long before everyone else does.

Track Rates Even After Booking

Another tip to help save money is by keeping track of hotel room rates even after you’ve booked as resorts will typically honor the lower rate.

Bundle to Save

Begonia flowers. Photo: Josh Sullivan.

Begonia flowers. Photo: Josh Sullivan.

Last but certainly not least, don’t forget about purchasing package deals. These special travel gems have everything you need rolled into one cost-saving bundle and can even include activities like sunset sails and meals. So no more financial excuses. If you have the will to visit Hawaii, then you’re bound to find a budgeted way.

Tips for Extreme Budgeters:

Volunteer while on vacation. There are organic farm co-ops on the Big Island that will trade your volunteered work hours for discounted accommodations. It’s nothing fancy, but you’ll get the opportunity to really experience the nature of Hawaii plus save big on accommodations.

More Money Saving Travel Tips:

• Travel light. If you travel with a carry-on only, you can save on the checked bag fees. Check with individual airlines for carry-on luggage specifications. • Bring your own in-air food, light blanket and earphones. • Rent a room with a kitchen. Eating out in Hawaii can add up quickly. Purchasing ingredients and preparing food on your own will help to keep the costs down. • Pack a picnic lunch. Sightseeing in Hawaii can be made even better with a picnic lunch at your new favorite scenic spot. Plus, you save on lunch costs.

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