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Plus $1k rtn economy ticket price to Hawaii normal?

Plus $1k rtn economy ticket price to Hawaii normal?

Old Aug 2, 17, 11:21 pm
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Plus $1k rtn economy ticket price to Hawaii normal?

Hello,

Checking fares to KOA from OAK next Feb. I see at least 1 day were the fare is over 1k for economy.
Is this normal/to be expected or is there another explanation for this?
( event/spring break type of thing I'm not thinking of?)

Thanks for any replies
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Old Aug 2, 17, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by tattikat2 View Post
Hello,

Checking fares to KOA from OAK next Feb. I see at least 1 day were the fare is over 1k for economy.
Is this normal/to be expected or is there another explanation for this?
( event/spring break type of thing I'm not thinking of?)

Thanks for any replies
Holiday weekend (Feb 15 - 19)? Called supply and demand.

Not unusual for AS to jack up fares for high demand periods to such desirable locations well in advance, drop as date approaches if required to fill plane.

Did you check SJC?
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Old Aug 2, 17, 11:40 pm
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Recently saw $1300 + RT SEA - HNL for 12/27 to 01/04. Rediculous
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Old Aug 2, 17, 11:45 pm
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Thanks for your reply diver 858

Presidents day?? Is that the holiday you you refering to or just holiday weekend in general?

Didn't check SJC, but thanks for the suggestion.

Thanks,
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Unfortunately, Alaska is not the cheapest from the West Coast - unless there is some direct competition on the route. . .
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Originally Posted by flyupfrnt View Post
Recently saw $1300 + RT SEA - HNL for 12/27 to 01/04. Rediculous
Why is it ridiculous if people are willing to pay that for a flight? We all tout supply and demand EXCEPT when it applies to airlines and hotels. Simple economics!

That said, I welcome the additional competition of UA's Hawaii expansion and WN's eventual entry into the Hawaii market.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 12:11 am
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Originally Posted by flyupfrnt View Post
Recently saw $1300 + RT SEA - HNL for 12/27 to 01/04. Rediculous
Have you looked at rental cars?

It's what they can get- peak travel.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 3:32 am
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Holiday times get premium pricing. Use a companion fare to reduce costs (if you aren't going solo)
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Old Aug 3, 17, 8:00 am
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Originally Posted by flyupfrnt View Post
Recently saw $1300 + RT SEA - HNL for 12/27 to 01/04. Rediculous
Except for around a 2 week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas fares are always high right due to peak winter holiday travel. Usually doesn't go down until the week after new years. Its a very popular time to escape the cold dreary weather in a nice warm place.

Originally Posted by tattikat2 View Post
Hello,

Checking fares to KOA from OAK next Feb. I see at least 1 day were the fare is over 1k for economy.
Is this normal/to be expected or is there another explanation for this?
( event/spring break type of thing I'm not thinking of?)

Thanks for any replies
I don't see that high but starts going up that high in March when not flying closer to the weekends.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
Except for around a 2 week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas fares are always high right due to peak winter holiday travel. Usually doesn't go down until the week after new years. Its a very popular time to escape the cold dreary weather in a nice warm place.



I don't see that high but starts going up that high in March when not flying closer to the weekends.
Try putting in "non-stop" and see what you get!

Today its $1,210 for the dates were looking at.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 10:14 am
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4 or 5 years ago I paid $250 round trip SFO-KOA on UA and got upgraded both ways as a gold or platinum...traveling Friday-Sunday..those were the days... Made quick weekends in the islands very easy to justify when combined with free rental car days and $100 condos on VRBO.

seems like the "good deal" CA-HI fares are now $380ish and require Tuesday/Wednesday departures and returns...and upgrades are far from guaranteed. fortunately the $100 VRBO condos seem to persist.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by tattikat2 View Post
Try putting in "non-stop" and see what you get!

Today its $1,210 for the dates were looking at.
Well that makes more sense. no competition on the non-stop market allows higher prices. Possibly lower priced were purchased already. That's why connections are cheaper since the competition also requires connection
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Old Aug 3, 17, 11:56 am
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My theory is that flights with a lot of companion fare use tend to be priced higher than one may expect. AS can price higher than the competition on these types of flights and still be viewed as a good deal.

As someone who has traveled to NYC every Christmas for years, I can attest that fares have been rising significantly, regardless of how far in advance the flight is booked.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 12:00 pm
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Unfortunately, it is normal for that period. And trust me, AS won't go down much when the date approaches. I have tracked SEA-HA airports for holiday periods for long time. AS never goes down; DL goes down when the date approaches (But DL does not serve SFO area). HA's price was a little better but requires connection if your destination is not HNL or OGG. OAK-KOA? I would connection at either HNL or OGG because the view was so beautiful and HA's complimentary food is yummy. But AS's companion fare is always the best choice if you have any.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 12:11 pm
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Around Presidents Day the only expensive days OAK-KOA are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Fly Wed-Mon and it's $579 RT. The only $400+KOA-OAK days for the month are 24/25. I guess they're going for people staying the whole week.
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