Are you looking to get away one last time this summer? Maybe you’re planning a fall or winter retreat to somewhere warm? Right now, cheap flights from the mainland US to Hawaii are currently available from just $124 one-way. While Hawaii has implemented COVID-19 travel restrictions, you can still travel to the Hawaiian Islands. In this post, we’ll show you how you can travel to Hawaii and share some of the cheapest flights to Hawaii that we’ve come across.
Traveling to Hawaii During COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
Contrary to popular belief, the Hawaiian Islands are not closed to tourism. Though the State of Hawaii had previously restricted all non-essential travel, this is no longer the case. Now, travelers from out of state may visit Hawaii. However, some restrictions have been implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Effective August 11th, 2020, all travelers arriving from outside of Hawaii must enter into a mandatory 14-day period of self-isolation. However, beginning on September 1st, travelers arriving in the state can avoid the 14-day mandatory quarantine if they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the past 72 hours. All tests must be FDA-approved NAAT tests from a CLIA-certified laboratory. These tests must be performed in the past 72 hours. For example, if you were to have a test performed on August 10th with results available 7-days later, this test would not be valid. A test performed on August 10th with results arriving on August 12th would be valid. Testing is not available at the airport upon arrival.
Effective immediately, if you are unable to obtain a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in Hawaii, you will be required to enter into a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Additional information can be found on the State of Hawaii’s official website. You can click here to access that landing page.
Numerous US Cities on select routes including: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Kansas City (MCI), Orlando (MCO), Oakland, (OAK), Chicago (ORD), Portland (PDX), Phoenix (PHX), Seattle (SEA), San Jose, CA (SJC), Sacramento (SMF), St. Louis (STL) to Honolulu (HNL), Kona (KOA), Maui (OGG)
Limited availability in August, Widely available September – December 2020
From $124 one-way. Other Routes from $160 one-way.
Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier, Hawaiian, United Airlines
Here are some examples of cheap flights to Hawaii you can book as part of this deal.
San Diego (SAN) to Kailua-Kona (KOA), $124 one-way with American Airlines – Available September through December
Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL), $160 one-way ($169 nonstop) with United Airlines (nonstop with Hawaiian Airlines) – Available September through November
Phoenix (PHX) to Maui (OGG) $169 one-way with Hawaiian Airlines – Available September through December
Chicago (ORD) to Honolulu (HNL), $171 one-way with United Airlines – Available September through December
How To Book Cheap Flights to Hawaii
There are a number of ways you can go about starting your search when looking for cheap Hawaii flight deals. There are hundreds of similarly priced flights available at the moment. This means you might have to take some time to search for your desired route and itinerary. Luckily, there are free tools available that make searching for cheap flights quick and painless.
The College Points uses Google Flights to search for flights. Google Flights is not only very easy to use but it features various tools that aren’t found on other sites. Google Flights will indicate whether or not your desired itinerary is actually a deal. When searching for flights, Google Flights will display a box that shows you if your itinerary is typically more or less expensive during similar time periods.
In addition to Google Flights, sites like KAYAK and Skyscanner feature tools that allow users to easily search for cheap flights. Both tools also feature price analytics similar to those offered by Google Flights.
Once you’ve found your desired itinerary, simply follow links provided by Google Flights, KAYAK, or Skyscanner to book your flight. Some sites and online travel agencies (OTAs) may even allow you to book directly on their site. Additionally, you can begin your search below using either KAYAK or Skyscanner.