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Best order to fly inter-island?

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Best order to fly inter-island?

We're making our plane reservations, including our inter-island flights between the BI, Kauai, and Maui. Is there a most efficient/least expensive order in which to fly between the islands? We have a number of options for our flights from the west coast to the islands and, if there's a more logical/inexpensive order for inter-island flights, we can modify our flights from the west coast.

Any suggestions for the least expensive option from the west coast wouod be welcome also. Thus far, it appears that taking Hawaiian Air from San Jose is the least expensive to both Maui and the BI = about $205. Thanks!!

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1. Re: Best order to fly inter-island?

We just did that. Flew from Portland to Kona via Oakland, then Kona to Maui then Maui to Kauai. Then home from Kauai via Seattle Think there are two flights per day direct. Get on one of those, saves going through HNL.

We were able to time it to check out of resort, turn in rental car, catch plane, pick up rental car and arrive at new place near check in time.

We saved $260 in air fare leaving on Mon over Sun. got a motel room in Lihue for $130. gave us an extra day on Kauai.

Hawaiian has 25 pound limit on carry ons, so we had to check wife's bag.

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2. Re: Best order to fly inter-island?

Thank so much! What airline did you take to Hawaii? And what motel did u stay in on kauai? Would love any other hints u have!

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3. Re: Best order to fly inter-island?

Barbara - regarding your lodging, I would post on each island you are staying for the best advice. List what you are looking for as far as amenities, and your nightly budget in $$ - then people can give you the best recommendations. Also, when are you coming and who is traveling with. Mahalo! :)

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4. Re: Best order to fly inter-island?

Thanks - I did plan on posting for each island. Right now, I'm wrestling with trying to coordinate flights. :-) The first person who responded mentioned a motel on Kuaui, so just htought I;d ask which one,

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5. Re: Best order to fly inter-island?

We flew Alaska to/from Hawaii. first time we have not used Hawaiian to/from islands.

We had time share at Kona Coast. and other time shares Maui and Kauai. we did have motel in Lihue, Garden Island Inn, for one night.

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6. Re: Best order to fly inter-island?

At this point there are one or two direct flights from KOA to OGG, while that may be changing, all other flights route through Honolulu...it's a pain and blows half a day.

If you can stand driving yourself nuts booking try flying into KOA...hopping to OGG direct then hop to Kauai, yes most flights stop in Honolulu.

Direct flights sell out early, cheap flights even quicker.

I just spent over an hour coordinating our flights for Feb.... interisland flights I had picked kept selling out! So take your patient pill and be prepared to start over.

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7. Re: Best order to fly inter-island?

Aloha,

If you'll be on both sides of the island, you can fly into ITO and out of KOA, or vice-versa.

Are you coming from MD or spending some days in CA en route?

If CA, sometimes the flight back to the west coast is cheapest to a different airport than the flight from the WC to HI. As a bonus, you get to visit a different city.

Making a spreadsheet helps with the frustration level when dealing with all these variables.

Happy hunting.

Aloha

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