Flying in from Baltimore Md, any recommendations on best way to get reasonable flights looks like $800-10000 per person geez crazy money??
I'm with you on this one!!! I have been putting off posting as we are not going until November but the airfare from last week (along with car rental) went up instead of down and now we're looking at about $1800 for roundtrip airfare for two!!! That's just crazy, especially since the tourism has dropped off so much--my only hope is that it will drop down before we plan on leaving, otherwise, I don't plan on dropping 2 grand on airfare--that just seems senseless!!
Yes, My trip is a way off and I have plenty of time to collect info. I'm crazy busy working Mom so this site is a life saver. I know someone will take pity on us. :)
You do have plenty of time to keep searching. I live in MD and always find the better priced fares for the Big Island out of Philadelphia. We fly PHL-SFO-KOA. We did the stopover once in LAX but I like the larger plane that flys from SFO better. Last year we paid 765.00 pp.
Thanks for the other websites, I will certainly sign up for those along with the www.kayak.com that already sends me a daily email airfare alert. Hopefully kisswells is doing the same. So maybe I am being too greedy in thinking that I could possibly get $650 pp roundtrip--last week it was at $788 pp roundtrip but I wanted it lower, now the lowest is $889. Last year we spent about $1800 total for two of us but that included going to Las Vegas as well as The Big Island. We booked our flights around April and went in November but it never lowered,luckily,so we made out in that pricing.
Thanks Adeline--you've been giving me good advice along the way (rental car).
$800 is excellent for most times from the east coast.
The airlines charge the same for flights from SFO and LAX !!! Reality check its 2009...not 1998.
Its 5000 miles... 11 hours in the air....
In the past several years flying Kona to Washington DC in March,$690, July $998, September $850
on United. Flying tues and thursday Fares for the weekend can rise $400-600 for the same flight on Friday and saturday
$800-1000 is pretty much reality....and not crazy, What is crazy were the discounts of the past that put many airlines into bankrutcy or out of business.
Check the Airlines like United for "flexable dates".
Dont be tempted to buy from a third party like priceline.etc... because you dont own the ticket they do...the airline will only talk to them for changes, refunds etc.... Book direct
By the way from experience from Washington DC to Kona, United has the best service , seats and connection. Check out of IAD rather then BWI
Maryland: Make sure you are checking different departure airports that you are willing to drive to, different times of the week, maybe added connections, etc. It's definitely $800 plus from Denver so don't feel abused. If you really want cheap stay home, crank up the heat, play some Hawaiin music, relax :)
I think you may find something for under $700.. prices are all over the place and if you can be flexible.. I have guests who just got a flight RT from NJ to KOA for $680. each.. for this April- May so it is doable.
presently flying mid week from Washington DC on united to Kona is $646.
We have to get away and get our big island fix. Cannot stand the stress anymore and we need the wonder of our favorite place.
So I am also checking airfares from LAX to Kona. We usually fly first class on American. We use frequant flier miles to upgrade. But you know what? It wasn't worth the money the last time we flew American first class! The seats were not any bigger than regular class and the service wasn't any better either. I was quite shocked.
It is only a five hour flight for us and I figure since we are on a budget regular class would do just fine. That will save money with the ff miles!