How to Save Money on Your Hawaiian Vacation

Save money on travel
••• John Lamparski/Getty Images

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 for Your Hawaii Vacation

I keep reading how impossible it is to use your frequent-flier miles.

I say, bull. I've never had a problem using my 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.

  • Using Your Frequent-Flier Miles for Travel to Hawaii

Booking Your Hawaii 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 in Hawaii

I cringe when I read stories about 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.

  • Cheap Eats in Hawaii
  • Saving Money on Liquor and Other Liquid Refreshments in Hawaii
  • Tipping in Hawaii

Making the Right Choices on Car Rentals for Your Hawaii Vacation

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.

  • Renting a Car in Hawaii

Planning Your Activities for Your Hawaii Vacation

Too many visitors plan their vacation and don't even consider activity options until the 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.

  • Saving Money on Activities in Hawaii
  • 101 Free Things to Do on Oahu (or under $10)
  • Free in Hawaii

Taken as a Whole

We don'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.

On our first trip to Hawaii over 25 years ago, we spent a lot of money, mainly because we didn't know better.

By following our own tips, we're now 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 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.