Plan a Kick Ass Hawaii Trip on a Budget
Looking at the calendar, we realize that we’re approaching the one year mark of our last Hawaii trip. That’s insane to us. We’re dying to go back, and luckily, with the tricks we learned on our last go around, we can do that sooner rather than later.
Hawaii doesn’t have to be a budget breaker. In fact, it can be downright affordable if you plan it right. Follow these tips, and you’ll be booking your trip in no time.
Score a Cheap Flight
This part of the budget battle takes a bit of planning and finesse, but it will be one of your biggest money savers. Cheap flights are easier than ever to score these days, you just have to know where to look for them. Sign up for sites like Scotts Cheap Flights, which send you e-mails whenever they spot a killer deal. You can also check sites like Secret Flying and The Flight Deal regularly to score great rates. While it takes a little leg work, the payoff is undeniable. We recently found a round trip flight to Oahu for less than $500 a person.
Another way to get cheaper airfare is to fly during the off season. The off season is mid-April to early June, and during the fall (September to early December). If you book a flight during off season months, you’re more likely to score a deal. We recommend booking tickets mid-week if you’re able to, which can also slice off a few hundred dollars.
Hotels in Hawaii can end up costing a fortune, especially if you’re planning to stay more than a few days. Finding a solid Airbnb deal can make all the difference.
Look for a host that also provides complementary equipment use if possible (kayaks, SUP, snorkeling gear, etc). With the AirBnb market being so competitive these days, there are quite a few hosts out there who are willing to throw these in for no change. Activities like these are all things that you’ll want to do in Hawaii, but will end up paying $60-$100 an hour for rentals. Finding a host who provides this will save you hundreds.
Another thing to look for is discounts offered for multiple days of stay. Many hosts will offer a percentage off if you end up staying more than 7 nights. We highly suggest putting the time in to search the site, and find an awesome host who will help you save this kind of money.