How to Save Money on a Hawaii Vacation

So you’re interested in taking a trip to Hawaii but you’re also worried about the costs. If this is you, there are multiple ways that you can plan your dream Hawaii vacation while saving money at the same time. Step 1, sign up for our Hawaii Daily Deals so that you can get the best deals on the funnest (is that even a word) stuff to do in Hawaii.

Hawaii Vacation Packages

Before you can enjoy any of our Hawaii Deals, you will want to examine Hawaii vacation packages – aka Hawaii travel packages. Travel packages are known for simplifying the process of planning a trip by consolidating your travel and lodging plans into a single package. Many online travel websites reward you with discounts for buying their travel packages. The amount of money that you save can vary, but remember a dollar saved is worth almost 2 dollars in earned income.

While Hawaii travel packages can simplify the planning process and save money, they may not be right for everyone. Some people prefer to handle the details themselves. If you are the type of person who prefers to handle your own itinerary, be sure to exhaust all of your options and compare prices from as many reputable sources as you can find.

Airline Reservations

Flexibility is key in finding the best deal on flights to Hawaii. Because it can be cheaper to fly on some days than others, experimenting with your travel dates and times can result in significant savings. This is a great way to save money if you can leave either a day or two later or earlier than originally planned. Lastly, check as few suitcases as possible, since most airlines charge an extra bag fees.

Lodging

Hotel deals are out there, but it can take time and effort to find them. While it is intuitive that you should be able to get the best rate directly from the source, calling a hotel’s reservation desk and accepting the quoted room rate will often result in you paying top dollar. To get the best hotel deals you need to do your homework and keep your options open. Here are a few tips:

  • Plan your vacation during non-peak seasons.
  • Prior to checking with online discount agencies, call the hotel and find out their normal rates first.
  • Join your favorite hotel’s ‘Frequent Guest Program’
  • Don’t forget to ask about additional charges (e.g. Parking fee’s)

Car Rental

Rental rates fluctuate on a daily basis and, much like stock market prices, can significantly change without notice. The key to finding the best rates is to begin your search as soon as possible. Once you know your travel dates, it is time to begin looking for cheap ground transportation. Once you find a good rate, you may want to go ahead and make a reservation (be sure you fully understand the company’s terms and conditions first). There is often no penalty for canceling your reservation (did we mention to make sure your understand the terms and conditions?) so once you’ve locked in a rate, keep looking because you may be able to find a better rate as prices change.

Activities

Now that your transportation and lodging needs are covered, your biggest vacation expense will typically be food and entertainment. Planning your Hawaii vacation activities ahead of time can help save money. Many local daily deals sites, like Hawaiian Daily Deals, also serve as city guides helping you find deals on the best stuff to do for that location. Have you decided that you want to take a guided hiking tour? If so, there usually are a number of tour companies to choose from. Subscribing to daily deal sites (like ours) can help familiarize you with the best things to do once you get there. The same should apply for other Hawaii activities like surfing, boating, and fishing. Typically, you can get more than 50% off… Even at local restaurants.

If you are like most other Hawaii travelers, you will likely spend most of your vacation out exploring the amazing island of Hawaii. Doing so is nice, but it can get expensive, especially where food and drinks are concerned. You may want to think about brining snacks and drinks with you on your travels. Often times, grocery stores sell both snacks and drinks for a lot cheaper than small convenience stores do. By taking this approach you may be able to save yourself $10 to $20 a day!

As you can see, there are many to make the most out of your hard-earned money and still enjoy the best the Hawaiian Islands have to offer. We hope the above information will help to enrich your vacation experience!

Mahalo,
The HDD Team!