The economic crisis means that traffic and airfares to Hawaii are down. You might be able to scoop up a bargain holiday vacation in Hawaii if you know where to look.
(Local wreaths: Christmas Berry trees bloom in Hawaii during the holiday months.)
For starters, join Hawaiian Airlines frequent flier program, and you’ll be privy to their member-only web sales. I recently got an alert for a round-trip from Portland to Honolulu during the holidays for $350. This is their usual off-season price. Their typical fares for the holidays are double that or more.
For accomodations, look at Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO.com) . Most owner-managed units are suffering from dropping tourist numbers and a downward-spiraling housing market. Negotiate a little or look for last-minute specials, and you could book a condo in Kihei for well under $80 per night — an unheard of price in recent years.
If you decide to spend the holidays in Hawaii, don’t forget to gloat to your family and friends on the Mainland who are suffering through bad weather and mad crowds.