If you can scrape up the cash and a free week or two before May 19, you can get a fantastic deal on a trip to Hawaii.
It’s possible, right now, to book round-trip air to Hawaii from the East Coast for under $500, all taxes and fees included. From Bradley International, fares are as low as $460 right now.
You can book a room with a balcony at the budget favorite Ambassador Hotel in Waikiki (close to my fave restaurant: Keo’s) for about $100 a night, including taxes, or at the Maile Sky Court, a massive budget hotel tower, for about $85. Or take a crack at Priceline and see if you can do even better.
I don’t know if this fare sale will be extended beyond May 19, or how low hotel prices will stay once the kiddies get out of school. I wouldn’t expect things to get cheaper, but the travel business is tanking so dramatically that it’s hard to make predictions.
But I can guarantee that Hawaii is gorgeous, year round. This includes the vibrant city of Honolulu and its happening, man-made beach at Waikiki. And it doesn’t have to be expensive, especially now. A McDonald’s hamburger under the palms can be bliss.