Travel Guide, Winter 1995-1996
Fares to Hawaii are highest during the peak period of December 15-January 10. The lowest excursion fares usually require a 14- or 21-day advance purchase, and you can save $50 or so by traveling midweek. West Coast excursion fares range from $533-$583; from Chicago and Dallas, $960-$1,120. Check for lower promotional fares that pop up frequently during off-peak travel periods.
The major carriers flying to Honolulu are American, Continental, United, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, Northwest, TWA, and America West; American and United also have direct service to Maui from West Coast gateways, and United offers direct service to Kona on the Big Island as well.
Interisland fares are $74 one-way. Aloha Airlines (800-367-5250) offers a $58 fare to AAA members, as well as a new seven-day island-hopping fare of $199, available to all passengers and valid on selected flights. Hawaiian Airlines (800-367-5320) offers unlimited interisland flights for five days ($169), seven days ($189), ten days ($229), or 14 days ($269); after December 15 these will each cost an additional $10.
Car rental in the Islands is fairly inexpensive, but gasoline is not--as much as $1.90 per gallon. Dollar Rent-A-Car (800-800-4000) usually has the lowest rates--from $30 per day or $179 per week for a subcompact to $39 per day or $225 per week for a full-size model.