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Old 09-19-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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? for flight help to Aulani

How do I look for flights Chicago to Aulani then to Maui back to Chicago? I called a travel agent she quoted $1029 for each person said book it now, it won't go down. I asked about adding Hawaii 2 days ahead the agent didn't offer to check adding that flight. I was willing to pay the fee from her knowledge.

I always flown Southwest one ways and I am not familiar with other airlines. Thank you D
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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There are many consolidated booking sites you can check to get an idea of prices; here are some good ones:

http://matrix.itasoftware.com/search.htm

http://www.expedia.com/

http://www.kayak.com/flights

Then book directly on the airline website.

Your TA sounds lazy; maybe you should look for a new one or book yourself.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:31 AM   #3
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When are you going? Details like this help folks see if your quote sounds somewhat resonable!

Sadly today most TAs are CLUELESS when it comes to airlilne travel. They book very few flights as most people don't want to pay them so the "it won't go down" may or may not be true. She probably has no more idea then you do...
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:11 AM   #4
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I usually book my flights to Hawaii myself online. Major carriers to Hawaii include United, Delta, Hawaiian Air, US Airways. Go on their websites. They all of the option of flying into one island and flying home from another (look for multiple cities).

For inter-island airfare - look at Hawaiian Airlines and Go! Airlines (Hawaii).

Most TA's don't want to go crazy with airfare because they don't get commisions from the airlines.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:34 AM   #5
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How do I look for flights Chicago to Aulani then to Maui back to Chicago? I called a travel agent she quoted $1029 for each person said book it now, it won't go down. I asked about adding Hawaii 2 days ahead the agent didn't offer to check adding that flight. I was willing to pay the fee from her knowledge.

I always flown Southwest one ways and I am not familiar with other airlines. Thank you D
You're looking for a multi-city itinerary with three parts, each on a different day:

1. ORD (Chicago-Ohare) to HNL (Honolulu)
2. HNL (Honolulu) to OGG (Kahului on Maui)
3. OGG (Kahului on Maui) to ORD (Chicago-Ohare)

You can check your options online. You can try "what if" scenarios as much as you want. A travel agent would never do this for you, even back in the days when travel agents earned commissions from airlines (they no longer do).

The airlines that fly to Hawaii have partnerships with inter-island carriers, so you might be able to get your full itinerary from a single carrier's website, even if your itinerary involves multiple carriers. Or you might want to do parts 1 and 3 with one carrier and part 2 directly with an inter-island carrier.

You can then buy your tickets online.

Keep in mind that the rest of the domestic airline industry is not as customer-friendly at Southwest when it comes to changing tickets or dealing with fare reductions. Be prepared to be locked in to what you buy. Consider trip insurance to limit your financial risk, but be sure you know what it does and doesn't cover.

Unfortunately, the airfare quoted by the TA sounds about right. You could pay a lot more too. Or there might be a sale. As always when buying airfare, you can wait for a sale, and you might pay less. The risk is that the price can go up instead of down.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by, "I asked about adding Hawaii 2 days ahead the agent didn't offer to check adding that flight." Are you asking about going to a third island, the Big Island of Hawaii?

Aloha!
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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If you want to add the Big Island of Hawaii to your itinerary, it has two airports with service by air carriers:

Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona on the side of the Big Island that has most resorts.

Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo on the side of the Big Island that's closest to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:42 AM   #7
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I went to college in the midwest, and still have family there so its not uncommon for me to fly Maui-DTW. Generally I'd expect to pay a minimum of $400 each way plus a minimum of $81 for the interisland (HNL-OGG) portion, so $1025, if it includes taxes is a decent price ....

That being said, there are deals to be had. I just got the Alaska Airlines signature credit card so I could book the $99 companion fare on flights to and from Hawaii. Which is just about the only time I like booking Round Trips, I usually like the flexibility of grabbing my fares as one-ways. Hawaiian is running some great deals on their New York flights right now, but nothing to the midwest unfortunately. Also, because there's a lot more planes that go there generally you'll find a better price on the Chicago-HNL portion than you will on the Maui-Chicago portion.

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:10 AM   #8
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We are doing the exact (except leaving from a small regional airport, not Chicago) in a week.

I booked MBS-HNL and OGG-MBS as one ticket using credit card miles for just under $1000 per ticket. I needed them to be under $1000 to be able to use miles and I finally got them on a Tuesday night around 11 pm. They were booked in June for October flights and from some random price checking, the prices haven't changed all that much.

Then I booked from HNL to OGG on Hawaiian Airlines for $140. That is for two tickets including taxes.

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A few days ago, the Mommy Points blog talked about a fare war to/from Hawai'i


http://boardingarea.com/blogs/mommyp...420-on-united/


http://boardingarea.com/blogs/mommyp...on-west-coast/

These quick reads may be worth your time.
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If you are wanting to visit another island in addition to Oahu, SOMETIMES (notice the caps) you can get a better deal booking a package. Check sites like Pleasant Holidays: http://www.pleasantholidays.com/Plea...come.do?cid=25
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:43 PM   #11
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The air is booked. I now need couple nights on the big island, any suggestions?
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:32 PM   #12
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The air is booked. I now need couple nights on the big island, any suggestions?
Are you flying into Hilo or Kona?

Where you stay really depends on what you want to do and how much money you want to spend.

I've been to the Big Island of Hawaii a couple of time. Here are places I would consider if were returning. I've visited both of them, but I haven't stayed at either of them. Also, it's been a long time.

Volcano House Hotel in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park: http://www.hawaiivolcanohouse.com/

It's right on the edge of Halema‘uma‘u Crater, at the summit of Kilauea! It's an opportunity to have a completely different experience than on O‘ahu.

Hilton Waikoloa Village, located on the Kohala Coast, north of Kona: http://www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com

It's an amazing, self-contained resort complex (but it doesn't have an ocean beach).
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