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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Oahu Honeymoon

We are planning a Honeymoon for early June 2012 with a budget of about 4000 US total. We are planning to fly from KC to Vegas for a night there on Southwest and then looking at a package to Honolulu from Vegas on Hawaiian Air. We can get the package of Hawaiian Air flight plus an oceanfront room at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel for just about $2000 for 5 nights. (June 6-10)

Has anyone booked packages through Hawaiian Air before? Or know any good alternatives? We are on a pretty tight budget but want to make the most of it. When booking flights, is it best to buy as far out in the future as possible (aka now) or should we wait for possible price drops in the future? Thanks!

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I've booked a package on Hawaii Air but it was an inter-island package. By comparing it and what it would have cost me to do it separately, I saved a bundle!!

I've also flown from Vegas to Honolulu via Hawaiian Airlines. Great flight, on time, wouldn't fly from Vegas with anyone else.

Prices may drop, or oil can go up, no way of telling this far out. I personally would book my flights and accommodations for June 2012 in January.

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Factoring in the room and the flights, it's not a bad price. Is there a rental car option as well?

Hawaiian Airlines - yes, they are the airlines you should fly from Las Vegas. Absolutely. You'll find that many, many, many of us use them faithfully to and between the Islands.

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At this point we are planning on not getting a rental car. We planned to book a shuttle to the hotel and back to the airport, and then walk around Waikiki for the most part. At this point, we are planning surfing twice, the full island tour, and then a trip to Hanauma Bay and Diamond Head, all of those have transportation included with them. The Aston Beach Hotel seems relatively central, we are both athletic so not too afraid of walking if need be to shop or eat, plus we save the valet parking costs!

Unfortunately it seems like in dealing with our budget, the flight and the hotel are the biggest pieces, and are the most hit and miss as far as planning goes!

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You don't need to spend money on a tour to Diamond Head OR Hanuma Bay. You just hop on the public bus!

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Rent a car on Oahu. It will cost very little more than buses, cabs & tours you can do on your own. At least rent a car for a few days.

You are better off getting less expensive lodging & having a car.

Don't waste your valuable time trying to take buses.

Read the Top Questions on the right side of the page. Driving tours, maps, websites, etc.

You can park at Aston Waikiki Banyan for $10/day or $60/week. You do not have to stay at that hotel to get that rate. It is about 1 block from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.

Order the free travel planners for Hawaii & Oahu (also other islands if you are thinking about them):

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Thanks everyone for so many responses!

With the rental car, it looks to be about $50/ day plus whatever gas we would use, plus the parking costs each day.

Also, we had considered busing but had heard a few stories like the last poster that said you may be waiting quite some time, especially for like Hanauma Bay. Obviously we have no experience with these circumstances, and are happy to hear all of your advice!

As far as hotels go, we wanted something on the beach with a nice view and hopefully a breakfast, at a decent price. We seem to have gotten that with the Aston Waikiki Hotel. Yes its refurbished, yes its away from the main drag, but it seems like a nice place?

Thanks again!

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depending on the car you want to rent, you can get a much better price than $50 a day. Try this site http://www.discounthawaiicarrental.com/ It really just needs to have four wheels lol. Lots of options out there. Happy planning. Cheryl

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You can get a car for $15/day on Priceline or similar. Add another $10 for tax & fees.

So $25/day for the car. $10 to park at Waikiki Banyan. About $10 in gas/day (some days more, some less). So about $45/day for a car.

So 5, maybe 6 days with a car. 6 X $45 = $270 total for six days.

Cab from airport $30 each way = $60. 4 day bus pass @ $25 each = $50. Taking commercial tours around the island $50 each = $100 (or renting a car for two days). You are up to $210 without any additional cabs.

If you get to Hanauma Bay before 8:30am there won't be any parking issues. In fact if you get there by 6:45am, you don't have to pay the $7.50 admission fee each.

You will lose 1 1/2 hours going to Diamond Head by bus. It drops you off 1/2 mile from the trailhead. If you drive, you drive into the crater & park at the trailhead.

You will lose 45 minutes each way going to USS Arizona Memorial by bus vs car.

You will lose 2 1/2 hours going to National Cemetery of the Pacific by bus vs car. The bus drops you off outside the crater adding 1/2 mile just to get to the visitors center. Then you have to walk through the cemetery to the lookout & monument vs driving.

So that is 5 1/2 hours lost just for those three attractions.

Plus how much time will you save by being able to go on to other attractions from those?

It's like getting a day or two extra just in the time you save by driving vs the bus.

If you want to save a few $$, then take Hawaii23 roundtrip from the airport & just rent a car while in Waikiki.

Get out & see the island. It will cost very little compared to taking public transportation & you'll see much more of the island with a car.

Stay in a hotel that costs $10/$15 a night less & it will pay any difference.

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