Were you planning a trip to Hawaii but were put off when you found that airfare for two was costing over $2000 from the East Coast and that the well-known hotels were getting over $300 per night? What can you do to make up that money with the rest of your trip expenses and still get to visit paradise? Here are some tips to help you save money for your Hawaii vacation.
Using Your Frequent-Flier Miles
Try using your frequent flier miles to book airfare to Hawaii. You might not always be able to get a "saver award," but using miles for a "standard award" may now be very cost effective.
Booking Your Accommodations
Even with the economy picking up and tourism at an all-time high in the islands, Hawaii's hotels, resorts, and condo-hotels are offering exciting deals which can easily make up for the extra money that you might have to pay the airlines for your Hawaii vacation.
Eating and Drinking Affordably
People often remark on how expensive food is in Hawaii for visitors. Sure, if you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at your hotel or resort, you'll spend an arm and a leg, but there are many options which can help you make dining in Hawaii a very reasonable expense.
Making the Right Choices on Car Rentals
Nearly everyone who comes to Hawaii, especially to the outer islands, rents a car. It's a large expense which becomes even more expensive if you let the rental companies sell you those add-ons which you probably don't need.
Planning Your Activities
Too many visitors plan their vacation and don't even consider activity options until they arrive in the islands. They're missing all sorts of opportunities to save money. By planning ahead and booking online, you can save big bucks.
Be sure to also check our feature Free in Hawaii that contains information on things to do for free on each of the main Hawaiian Islands.
Taken as a Whole
We won't pretend to tell you that a trip to Hawaii will ever be cheap. Consider, however, that for many of you this will be the trip of your lifetime.
By following these tips, you'll be able to save quite a bit of money. Clearly, the biggest "bang for your buck" is if you're able to use frequent flier miles for your trip. This will save you thousands of dollars in many cases. It will also allow you to have more money to spend on the fun things that you can do in Hawaii and there are lots of those!
Above all else, a trip to Hawaii should be fun and relaxing, so we hope that these tips will help relieve some of the stress involved in planning your trip.