For those who are counting, yes, I’m going to Hawaii for the third time in 16 months. The reason is simple — it’s paradise and there are incredible deals available.
My husband and I went on a long-planned Hawaii cruise vacation in September 2008, a rare splurge and celebration. It was our third trip to Hawaii, and this time we got to see all the major islands. It was terrific but it wasn’t cheap.
I returned in May 2008 because I got airfare so low I didn’t think I’d ever see anything like it again: $400 round trip, taxes and fees included, from Bradley to Honolulu. I went to Kauai and spent a blissful week there.
I was wrong about the fare because in June my husband and I found a $256 round-trip fare from Newark to Honolulu, including all taxes and fees. I kid you not. We booked as far out as we could, and next week we’re taking the train to Newark and then flying to Honolulu.
This time we’re staying on the Big Island, in a resort we got for $90 a night on Priceline, as I mentioned yesterday. We’ll also spend several days at Waikiki, where we booked the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort for $82, also on Priceline.
A friend of mine asked the other day why I want to sit on a plane for eight hours. Well, it’s because if I sat on a plane for three hours, I’d be in Nebraska. (No offense.) In my view, Hawaii is worth the time. And if you’ve never been, now is a great time to do it for less money than could have been imagined just a few years ago.
Hotel occupancy and prices are still low all around the islands, but the best deals we found were in Waikiki and the Big Island.
Of course that $256 round trip is no longer available, but fares are still well below the old standard of $900 from the East Coast. I do think airfares will stabilize before hotel prices do, but I have no crystal ball. Only time will tell.