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Cheapest Time to Fly to Honolulu

The what, when, where, and how of your Honolulu vacation.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Honolulu?

The cheapest flights to Honolulu are in January for most points of departure. You can find fares at least 17% cheaper than other months.

Departure FromBest Time To Book To HonoluluCheapest Month to Fly*
Los Angeles3 weeks in advanceJanuary
San Francisco7 weeks in advanceFebruary
Chicago5 weeks in advanceSeptember
New York12 weeks in advanceAugust
Las Vegas15 weeks in advanceJanuary
Seattle8 weeks in advanceJanuary

You can further save money on not just when you travel, but when you book. Buying your tickets 11 weeks prior to departure can net you a 5% discount.

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When is the best time to visit Honolulu?

Money isn’t everything. January might be the cheapest month to visit, but other factors might motivate you to come during slightly more expensive months.

  • If you’re looking for good weather, you’ll want to visit in April, May, June, or September. That’s when it’s dry, but not too hot.
  • If you want to avoid the crowds, April, May, September, and October are the least traveled months on the islands.
  • Whale watchers should visit between December and May.
  • The prime surf season is November through March.

Keep in mind that September is the second cheapest month to fly to Honolulu from most destinations. That puts September as a prime month for a Hawaii vacation.

Where should you stay while you’re there?

Where to stay in Honolulu depends on your price point. We can recommend:

For budget accommodations, the Aqua Ohia and Pearl Hotel provide reasonably easy access to the beach and attractions, along with clean and safe rooms. They’re the choice if you want to spend your money on excursions and adventures rather than where you sleep.

Mid-range options include the Moana Surfrider and Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. You could also choose from any of the big chain hotels like Marriott or Hilton…but these more independent options provide more local color for comparable prices.

If you want true luxury, consider the Halekulani Hotel or the Kahala Resort for true pampering and a full-service home away from home. Here’s where you’ll find the nexus of fine dining, top-shelf amenities, and easy access to whatever else you want during your Hawaii stay.

Whatever your price range, we can get you a break with our hotel search feature, which will find the best rate for any hotel in Honolulu.

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What can you do during your visit?

A full list of things to do in an around Honolulu can (and has) filled entire books. You can’t possibly do it all in a single visit, but here are our top ten:

  • Take a surfing lesson at Waikiki Beach
  • Visit the World War II/Pearl Harbor Memorial
  • Go snorkling at Hanuma Bay
  • Hike the Koko Crater Trail
  • Visit the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse
  • Explore the Iolani Palace Museum
  • Go for a Luau Experience
  • See Manoa Falls
  • Walk the Kakaako District to see the street art
  • Observe sea turtles at Laniakea Beach

How to get started with your trip to Honolulu?

First, you’ll need to decide when to go by balancing the cheapest times to fly against the months with the best travel conditions. Once you’ve done that, it’s a matter of booking your flight.

Skyscanner eliminates the need for searching out the best deals for when you want to travel with this simple search tool. It will give you the best flight for your dates and point of departure. You can also find additional information on the best time to book flights here.