What's the best way to get to Honolulu from Manchester, England taking the fewest flights and the least hours?
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From the top of my head I would suggest LHR-LAX/SFO/SAN, or some west coast gateway, then on to HNL.
Contacting your travel agent may be your best bet-good luck.
our British friends do it in two legs . They fly into LAX and then fly out the next day. I don't know if this works for you but they do it all the time
American Arilines fly out of Manchester to Chicago ... then you could connect to a Honolulu flight out of there with American.
Perusing Kayak, it doesn't look like you can have both. Fewest flights take you from MAN to JFK or IAD, with an overnight at your connection to HNL. Least hours probably from MAN to LHR and on to HNL via SFO or LAX. The latter is half the time of the former, about 20 h versus about 40 h, but has two connections and constant travel over that 20 h plus period.
Thanks for your replies. I've discovered we can fly Manchester to Las Vegas direct with Virgin. Then Las Vegas to Honolulu direct with Hawaiin. The only problem is there's a layover of a day between connections. So, do we want to spend time idling at the airport, or flying to several different airports? Toughie.
We had to purchase our flight from Las Vegas to HNL when LAX is a 25-30min ride from home. We saved 1/2 by doing this. So we fly out of Long Beach to Las Vehas around 1pm and wait around for our 6pm flight.
Convenience vs cost is always an issue.
Spending a fun day in Las Vegas is always fun!
Also consider the aircraft on these long legs. I try to avoid 757's and west coast USA connections -- especially nasty on the redeye flights back to the mainland from Hawaii when you're dumped after four or five hours, after midnight, facing another long leg or two. I prefer a longer leg where I can sleep..
The 767's and 330's are good. Some airlines have an 'economy plus' section with more legroom. I think Hawaiian still actually feeds their coach passengers.
Is there a mainland city you'd like to visit for two days? I don't think it's worth an overnight only to 'break the flight'. You have to leave the airport, get to a hotel, eat, sleep, eat, see *nothing*, get back to the airport two hours before your flight to go through security again. Waste of time and money.Edited: 31 March 2012, 22:22
Las Vegas sounds good to me. It will give you a chance to rest up and get to Honolulu a bit more refreshed; that is if you don't stay up all night in a casino or two.