Ask anyone who has ever been: The premier vacation spot in the United States isn’t even part of North America. In Hawaii, the most remote major human settlement on the planet, you have eight major islands, at least four of which -- Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii -- are places people wait their whole lives to visit.
But who has that kind of time? Not you, that’s who. This year, pull together just a little bit of scratch and book a trip to those vaunted islands in the Pacific for a fraction of the usual cost. Then, in an even stranger twist, thank United Airlines for that cheap vacation of a lifetime -- even if you wind up flying American, Hawaiian, or any of the other carriers that are jockeying to whisk you to paradise.
After a crud-tastic spring, United is eyeing a Mele Kalikimaka. Starting December 20, it’s ramping up service on 11 of its routes for a total of 40 daily flights from the mainland to the Aloha State. At that point, United will have the most daily flights to Hawaii of any airline, it claims, as it increases service to Lihue (Kauai), Kona (the Big Island), Maui, Hilo (the Big Island), and Honolulu (Oahu) from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.