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How My Family Travelled to Hawaii for Cheap

How My Family Travelled to Hawaii for Cheap

A couple years ago, my family visited Maui and Oahu, and ever since then, we’ve been longing to return to Hawaii. This March Break, we finally made it happen and visited the Big Island (Hawai’i) and Kauai.

Travelling to Hawaii can be pricey, but there are multiple strategies that can be employed to soften the blow on your wallet.

On our most recent trip, we ended up spending under $3,000 (CAD) on flights and accommodation for 11 nights in tropical paradise with a family of five. Read on to learn how we did it.

Our Hawaiian Itinerary

Initially, we had planned to only visit Big Island (Hawai’i), but in the end, we decided to add a few more nights and visit Kauai, the last remaining island on our Hawaiian bucket list.

Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail, Kauai

We flew from Toronto to Vancouver to Kona with WestJet, and then stayed on the Big Island for seven nights. During this time, we moved around the island and stayed in three different areas: Kona, Waikoloa, and Volcano.

After these seven days, we flew from Kona to Lihue, Kauai on Hawaiian Airlines, where we stayed for four nights.

Kauai is a small island, and you could definitely stay in one hotel for the whole duration of your trip, but we ended up splitting our time between Princeville and Koloa.

Coming home, we flew United Airlines from Lihue to Toronto via Denver.

Saving on Our Flights

Generally speaking, you can expect to pay $700–1,000 (CAD) for a single round-trip flight to Hawaii, and you can expect to pay even more if travelling during peak periods like March Break.

For our family of five, we knew we could be looking at around $5,000 (CAD) just for the flights alone. Instead, we spent just under $800 (CAD).

Flight from Toronto to Kona, Big Island

We flew to Big Island using our WestJet dollars and the annual companion vouchers that came with my and my husband’s WestJet RBC® World Elite Mastercards.

Our redemption for five passengers looked like this:

  • Two companion vouchers
  • 439 WestJet dollars × three passengers
  • $665 (CAD) in taxes and fees for five passengers

Normally, there is a $399 base fare for the second passenger when using the companion voucher for Hawaii. However, WestJet sometimes runs a promotion offering a special $0 base fare companion voucher.

My husband and I both signed up for the card during one of these promotions in 2021, which is part of why this redemption came to the price as low as it…

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