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 entire lives to visit.
But who has that kind of time? Not you, that’s who. So 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 (how does $400 sound?). Tons of new flights are opening up to Hawaii later this year, and as a result, prices have already started plummeting to unheard-of lows.
In the month of August, Alaska Air was hawking direct flights between Maui and San Francisco for $384, while tickets from LA to Kahului were only $473. On Google Flights, United and Delta are selling late September flights from Portland to Kailua for just $362, albeit with layovers. The prices are also shrinking from the East Coast, with Delta offering sub-$700 fares from New York to Kauai early next year.
The best part? If the rest of the year sets up the way analysts are predicting, you should get accustomed to booking sub-$400 fares on a permanent basis. And in an even stranger twist, you can 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.