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Flights To Hawaii Could Soon Be Much Cheaper

This is very exciting news!

If you’re planning (or hoping!) to take a trip to the Aloha State in the near future, then you’ll be happy to know that flights to Hawaii might soon become much more wallet-friendly.

Just this month, United Airlines announced that it is increasing service to Hawaii on 11 routes from the U.S. mainland. The expanded flight options are scheduled to begin his December. Service to Hawaii will be increased from United’s hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“As we celebrate our 70th anniversary in Hawaii this year, today’s announcement carries a very special significance for our customers,” United’s Vice President of Sales, Jake Cefolia, said in a statement. “Our customers have asked for more ways to get to Hawaii, and by adding these flights we are thrilled to make Hawaii more accessible than ever for our customers travelling from the Midwest, Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions.”

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Cheaper Flights Coming Soon?

The real upshot of more frequent United flights to Hawaii is that other airlines could be forced to lower their fares in order to compete. The folks at Travel + Leisure say that while it’s still too soon to say for sure, cheaper flights could be on the horizon.

And United isn’t the only airline hoping to meet the demand for travel to Hawaii. Just last month, Southwest Airlines announced plans to expand flight options to the islands. And now that Alaska Airlines has acquired Virgin Airlines, the combined company has a large West Coast presence, and plans to provide more choices for customers, which could also contribute to increased competition.

Currently, the published prices for United Airlines flights to Hawaii, departing from San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Chicago or Denver, range anywhere from $517 to nearly $900.

So here’s to hoping that the predictions are right, and that airfares to Hawaii will soon start dropping. If we’re lucky, maybe they’ll even go as low as the $265 round-trip flights from San Francisco to Hawaii that American Airlines offered last year. Mahalo, indeed!

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