Flight Deal: Fly From Atlanta To Hawaii For As Low As $402

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It seems like all Hawaii deals only depart from the West Coast these days but look at what the flight deal Gods are doing for the south!

United Airlines just rolled out a deal that goes from Atlanta, Georgia to Honolulu, Hawaii for only $402 roundtrip.

These low price flights, surprisingly, don’t come with crazy long layovers either. While they aren’t direct flights, passengers will have layovers each way, that are under an hour. So, it’s practically nonstop.

You can travel under this deal between mid-August and early December. There are several available date options each month as well. To quickly find dates, it is best to search using Google Flights. Make sure that you click the reset button before looking for lowest prices, to ensure your computer isn’t running off of old searches. Trust, it makes a difference.

This deal is apart of United’s basic fare. This means that the following restrictions will apply:

  • You cannot select your seat prior to travel. One will be randomly assigned to you.
  • You will be limited to a personal item only. United’s basic fare does not allow access to overhead bins. However, your first checked bag is only $30.
  • You cannot make changes or upgrade the ticket once confirmed.

As mentioned, it is only $30 to check a bag which still comes out to be a great deal.

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Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and is located on the island of Oahu’s south shore. One of the most famous neighborhoods in Honolulu is Waikiki. There you will find everything a tourist wishes for from nightlife to food.

If you want something a little less lively, then check out the world’s largest open-air market, Ala Moana. From there, make your way over to the pan-Asian alleys of Chinatown to eat your heart out – you can even see the only royal palace in the United States.

No matter which island you decide to visit, there is plenty to do. Be sure to participate in a Luau to really get a feel of authentic Hawaiian culture.

Grab your flight now. Low-priced Hawaii flights out of Atlanta don’t come around very often.

A New Vacation Rental Law In Oahu Could Impact Your Airbnb Stay

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Oahu just passed a new law that could affect your Airbnb stay. 

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed legislation earlier this week that would enforce the strict vacation rental laws on the island.

The law, which was passed unanimously by the city council, limits bed-and-breakfast rentals to only 1,175 in Honolulu, according to the Honolulu Civil Beat.

“This is a good bill,” Caldwell said. “It reflects a lot of hard work, and it reflects the sense of our community, the passion, the emotion, the fairness, and how to take back our neighborhoods that have become overrun by visitors.”

Right now, there are an estimated 10,000 vacation rentals available at any given time, according to the Honolulu City Council. Only 700, however, are legal and licenses for short-term rentals.

The measure comes after residents started to voice their concerns about “unhosted transient vacation units.”

Unhosted vacation rentals mean it’s a property in which the owner rents out their entire home in their absence, which has only been allowed in Waikiki, Ko Olina, and Turtle Bay rental resorts.

Property owners and investors have ignored the limitations over the years, which has driven up property values, residents who oppose vacation rentals say.

Officials expect the law to eliminate thousands of illegal vacation rentals throughout Oahu that advertise with companies like Airbnb and Expedia.

Expedia spokesperson Phillip Minadi told the local publication that the platform is disappointed by the decision to close the door on Honolulu’s long-standing vacation rental community.

“The reality is, there was a better way,” he said. “We worked hard to find a reasonable compromise that would have protected local communities and homeowners while preserving Oahu’s tourism economy.”

Travelers who choose to stay in illegal bread and breakfasts will not be punished under the new.

Digital stings to nab illegal vacation rentals will begin on Aug. 1, the Honolulu Civil Beat reports.

Owners of illegal properties will be subject to pay a $1,000 fine for the first violation, and $5,000 per day after.

The city will begin issuing licenses to bed-and-breakfasts on Oct. 1, 2020.  After that, owners will have to display their permit number in all online advertising, including social media.

Snake Slithers From Man’s Backpack During Trip To Hawaii

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There was a slithery surprise found in a backpack at a vacation rental near Maui, Hawaii. 

The Department of Agriculture said when the visitor arrived at the vacation rental and began to unpack, a snake slithered its way out of the man’s backpack. 

The 20-year-old Virginia man was not aware of the animal until it arrived at the vacation property in the community, according to Hawaii News Now. 

The property owner told the man that snakes were illegal in Hawaii before alerting police. State police along with the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources captured the snake. 

Upon further investigation, officials found that the snake was stowed away in the man’s backpack but he claimed he did not intentionally bring the snake to the islands.  

The southern black racer snake arrived on Maui from Florida, where the snake is commonly found. 

Snakes have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a threat to Hawaii’s native species. 

“It is fortunate that the owner of the rental was aware of the seriousness of the snake being transported to Hawaii and took appropriate action and reported it,” Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, told Hawaii News Now. 

“Visitors to our islands may not fully understand the threat that snakes pose to our community and our unique environment. It takes all of us to protect Hawaii,” Shimabukuro-Geiser added.

The snake, which is non-venomous, measured about a foot long and a quarter-inch in diameter, according to officials. 

The snake will be transported to Oahu where it will be handled accordingly. 

Hawaii state law classifies owning or knowingly transporting illegal pets as a felony, punishable with a $200,000 fine and up to three years in prison.

“Be informed about the very special place you live that is Hawaii,” ecosystem expert Dr. Fern Duvall said. “We should pay attention to what plants and animals we see – report things you feel are new to you as prevention is so much more important than having to react to established foreign pests out of control.”

Staycations To Consider This Summer

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If you want to travel this summer but funds are limited or you don’t have enough vacation time, you can still reward yourself with rest and relaxation in your backyard.

A staycation is great for those who need a quick break to recharge themselves while saving up for a longer trip or if you are low on vacation days.

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A perk with a staycation is that you often avoid the crowded destinations many travelers flock to for the summer.

WalletHub, an online financial service that offers personal finance tools for users, recently ranked the best cities in the U.S. that will have you relaxing and saving money at the same time.

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The results and rankings, which compared 182 cities, looked into recreation, food, and entertainment and opportunities to rest and relax in.  Analysts used those results to grade each category. 

The top 10 destinations on this list overall are:

1.Honolulu, Hawaii

2. Orlando, Florida

3. Chicago, Illinois

4.San Diego, California

5. Portland, Oregon

6. Charleston, South Carolina

7. Seattle, Washington

8. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

9. Tampa, Florida

10. San Francisco, California

To find a city’s overall score, they took the individual ratings and used them to find a weighted average. You can see the details behind each staycation spot’s ranking by going to the WalletHub website and looking at the complete list.

In addition to ranking cities overall,  analysts from WalletHub did some research on the best cities to grab go to the spa and museums.

According to the report, the places with the most museums per capita:

1.New Orleans, Louisiana

2. Charleston, South Carolina

3. Washington D.C.

4. San Francisco, California

5. New York, New York

6. Tucson, Arizona

Interested in destinations for optimal relaxation? The cities with the most spas per capita include:

1.Honolulu, Hawaii

2. New York, New York

3. Los Angeles, California

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. Chicago Illinois

6. Orlando, Florida

10 Of The Flyest Infinity Pools In The World

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Nothing sets off an amazing summer vacation photo like the perfect pic in a fly infinity pool with a view. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the Caribbean or tucked away in Santorini, if you can find an infinity pool, you’re in for an Instagramable moment.

If you’re looking for a pool to really set your vacation off right, make sure you stop by one of these 10 infinity pools across the globe.

Hanging Gardens of Bali (Ubud, Bali, Indonesia)

The Hanging Gardens of Bali resort takes swag and turns it up a notch with their bi-level infinity pool. The infinity pool at Hanging Gardens of Bali happens to be the most photographed infinity pool in the world and with great reason. Both levels of the pool provide an awesome view of bamboo trees and foliage. If you can’t afford the hefty price tag associated with staying at the resort, you can purchase a day pass or pay $20 USD per person to use the pool and take all of the Instagram photos your heart desires.

Sheraton Waikiki (Honolulu, HI)

No reason to pull out your passport for this view. The Sheraton Waikiki’s beautiful infinity pool is practically flush with the Pacific Ocean and is the largest oceanfront infinity pool in North America. Float on the edge of Waikiki while sipping a cocktail with the beautiful sunset and blissful ocean as your backdrop. You won’t regret it.

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Infinity London (London, UK)

This infinity pool does not open until at least 2020 but it’s already got everyone talking about it. The future Infinity London will be the world’s first 360-degree rooftop infinity pool. The 159,000-gallon pool will be set atop a 55-story skyscraper in the center of London. It will feature a 5-star hotel and a transparent floor where those in the building can have an up close and personal view of the swimmers. Being the first 360-degree pool in the world, many wonder how swimmers will be able to get in and out. According to the pool’s designers, swimmers will be able to access the pool through a rotating spiral staircase based on the door of a submarine, rising from the pool floor.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

The infinity pool at this luxury resort is one to die for. It overlooks the beach which is just a few steps away, providing the perfect view of the white sands and crystal blue waters. What makes this resort even better is the fact that every unit has its own private infinity pool and infinity edge bathtub. This destination is perfect for honeymoons or just a relaxing getaway.

Grace Santorini (Santorini, Greece)

When it comes to Instagramable pools, Santorini takes the cake. There are so many beautiful pools in Santorini and all of them have great views, however, the infinity pool at this exclusive boutique hotel boasts panoramic views of the Aegean Sea from almost any room. It’s a favorite amongst honeymooners and other tourists and you’re guaranteed to get the perfect snapshot for social media. There’s also a Grace Hotel in Mykonos.

Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa (Shoal Bay East, Anguilla)

The Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa in Anguilla is a favorite amongst travelers who enjoy a nice pool. At first glance, it almost looks as if the resort’s infinity pool spills right into the Shoal Bay East, however, a glass wall at the far end separates the pool from the ocean. That wall also offers a bit of a view for beachgoers, so be careful what you do underwater.

Sanctuary Spa on Camelback Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ)

Who would have thought you could find a super cute infinity pool in Arizona? For those looking for a calm, affordable getaway that’s not too touristy, Scottsdale, AZ is the perfect place. The Sanctuary Spa is a 53-acre resort on Camelback Mountain and features an infinity pool with a scenic view of the mountains and lush desert. They even have paddleboard yoga classes if you’re into a unique floating experience.

Amankila (Bali, Indonesia)

Remember we said Bali is the spot for infinity pools? We weren’t lying. The pool at this luxury resort is like none other. It spills down the hillside in three tiers like a cascading rice paddy and overlooks the beautiful waters of Lombok Strait and its black sand beaches. This resort is secluded on a hilltop and perfect for a romantic getaway. It honestly does not get more beautiful than this.

Belmond Hotel Caruso (Amalfi Coast, Italy)

Sitting at about 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean Sea, the pool at the Belmond Hotel Caruso is located at the highest point in Ravello. The architecture in Italy is beautiful, and you’ll feel like you’re right in the edge of it all as you take a relaxing swim overlooking the Amalfi Coast. This hotel is quite on the pricey side but if you’re willing to make the splurge, it’s definitely worth it.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti (Tanzania)

If you’re going to go for it, go all out and book a room at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge at the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. While everyone is fawning over views of beaches, get in tune with nature via a majestic safari right at your fingertips. This free-form infinity pool features unique views of the watering hole and the surrounding Serengeti plains. Guests are just feet away from elephants, zebras and other animals on the reserve.

How To Spend The Day In Black-Owned Hawaii

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For the second year in a row, the population in Hawaii has declined. Black people make up 2.2% of the declining population. With the exception of online boutiques such as Smoothie Skincare,  Haute Coiffure Hair Boutique, Blue Pond Ave, Sophisticated Curls, a natural hair product line, where can you buy Black in Hawaii? Here are a few black-owned businesses you should frequent.

Hughley’s Southern Cuisine

99-080 Kauhale Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

If you’re looking for the best soul food on the island, enjoy brunch from this family-owned southern cuisine style catering service. Enjoy their shrimp and grits, fresh danishes, fruits, and a full-service continental breakfast. The pork chops come highly recommended along with their juicy chicken, cornbread and candied yams.

Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum

1311 Kapiolani Boulevard

Honolulu, HI 96814

Many of the early Africana settlers who came to Hawaii in 1769 are from Brazil, across Africa, and various Caribbean islands.  Honoring our President Barack Obama, whom we all miss, the OBAMA HAWAIIAN AFRICANA MUSEUM was established to preserve, embrace and promote African ancestry, unveiling over 200 years of contributions by Hawaiian Africana settlers with regular awareness seminars, youth enrichment programs, cultural literary baskets, and lecture and film series.

D Green’s BBQ

Honolulu, HI

Get it while it’s hot before it sells out. Located in Koloa Town across from Suiokas, D Green’s BBQ is a favorite, according to their daily sold-out menu. Now, I’m not a big brisket eater but I’d give it a try along with their pork ribs, juicy hot links, and macaroni and cheese made from scratch.

Attend a local workshop or performance by The Pōpolo Project

Linguist Dr. Akiemi Glenn wanted to create a community space to learn about black culture and highlight “the vivid, complex diversity of Blackness.” The Pōpolo Project is dedicated to sharing local experiences of what it means to be black in Hawaii through carefully curated events, interactive workshops, and talks. Stay tuned to @popoloproject for updated events and hostings.

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JamRock Lounge

Honolulu, HI

End the night with some of your favorite Caribbean cuisines. Jerk Pork, Jerk Chicken Salad, and Vegan Curry are a few of their staple meats. I love any place that sells Ting, Jamaican Kola or other traditional Caribbean drinks. Check on their $12 specials during lunch with rice and peas and sides like fried dumplins.

How To Do Oahu, Hawaii The Outdoorsy Way

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Farran Manuel spent two weeks in paradise on a couples trip to Oahu, Hawaii. For those unfamiliar with the area, Oahu is part of the Hawaiian island chain. Honolulu, the state’s capital, is located on the island of Oahu. The other major islands, Maui, Kauai, and the Island of Hawaii, are about 30 minutes to an hour away.

Most tourists who visit Oahu tend to stick to Honolulu and enjoy tanning on the beach in Waikiki, but for Farran and her girlfriend Kandace, it was their third trip to the island and they wanted to do something that would speak to their outdoorsy spirit.

If you’re planning a Hawaiian trip this summer and you don’t want to spend countless days loafing at a resort, below are some recommendations from Farran for the nature lover inside you.

Day 1: We kicked off our trip hiking Lanikai Pillbox, then relaxed on Lanikai Beach. The hike is one of the easiest on the island and offers spectacular views on clear, sunny days. 

Photo: Farran Manuel

Day 2: Kandace’s only request for this trip was to go to a luau, so I put her in charge of picking one. Per a recommendation from a friend, she chose Cheif’s Luau. I would’ve likely chosen something less touristy, but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless. 

Photo: Farran Manuel

Day 3-5: No trip to Oahu is complete without visiting the North Shore. Surfers from all over the world visit this particular region to catch waves.

Photo: Kandace Lately

After a day of cliff jumping, we grabbed dinner at North Shore Shrimp Truck, then walked over to Sunset Beach to witness God’s beautiful work. Over the next few days, we came back to do it all over again. 

Photo: Farran Manuel

Day 6: A friend of mine suggested that we hike the Pink Pillboxes, so we made our way to the west side of the island for the very first time. I had no idea what to expect, but this day trip ended up opening my eyes to the best side of Oahu. After a treacherous hike (it was NO joke), we relaxed at Makaha Beach

Photo: Farran Manuel

Day 7: We enjoyed the westside so much, we decided to go back again the next day to explore it further.  Our first stop was Upper Makua Cave. The views were incredible, but the hike was brutal (straight incline). After torturing ourselves, we discovered our new favorite spot on earth – Makua Beach.

Day 8: Honolulu isn’t my forte, but I’m a sucker for colorful murals, so we made our way to the city. I hate to admit this, but I ate the best burrito of my life in Hawaii. King Street Tacos gets a Texan stamp of approval and I don’t throw that around casually. We met my cousin Chastity for drinks at Barefoot Beach Cafe, then spent the rest of the evening at the coolest craft bar on the island, Bevy.

Day 9-10: After a week and a half in paradise, we officially adapted to island life. I stopped planning our days and just went with the flow. I grew deeply fond of Makaha Beach Park, so we just relaxed there for a couple of days, napping on the beach and eating Hawaiian shave ice.



Photo: Kandace Lately

Day 11: With the end of our trip approaching, we had to get back to our itinerary. Chastity, Kandace and I spent the day driving around the island, stopping at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Makapu’u Lookout, Halona Blowhole and Cockroach Cove. That night, we had dinner at Kickin Kajun, then laughed our stomachs sore watching Girls Trip. My idea of the perfect day. 

Photo: Kandace Lately

Day 12: Chastity’s roommate invited us to go swim with the dolphins. The pods arrive early in the morning, so we woke up at 4 am to watch the meteor shower at Ka’ena Point, then slept on the beach until sunrise.  Around 9 am, a pod of dolphins was spotted heading towards us. We swam 100 yards out, then waited until they circled around to pass us. When swimming with dolphins in the wild, it’s important not to chase them. They are more likely to interact with you if you don’t interfere with them. I cannot put into words how amazing this experience was.

Photo: Farran Manuel

Side note: Research “mask squeeze” before free diving. I descended too quickly without equalizing and had a terrible experience when swimming to the ocean floor. 


Photo: Farran Manuel

Day 13: I was determined to do at least one thrilling hike while in Hawaii. Despite my ambitions to conquer the infamous Stairway to Heaven, I opted for Crouching Lion instead. We weren’t entirely sure how to access the trail, so we ended up scaling the mountain. We later discovered, that there was a shorter (safer) way up, but where’s the fun is that? I expected this hike to be scarier than it actually was, but it should be hiked with caution. 

Photo: Farran Manuel

Day 14: Our last day was bittersweet. We went back to Makua Beach in hopes of seeing the dolphins, but they did not swim close enough for us to interact with them. We both agreed this was the best trip we’d taken and would love to do it all over again next summer. 

Man Falls Off 300-Foot Cliff Into Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Trying To Get Better View

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An active duty soldier reportedly fell from a cliff into the caldera of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, according to a statement from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

According to the New York Times the man, who was not named, fell anywhere from 60 to 70 feet into Kilauea volcano’s Halemaumau crater while trying to get a better view of the edge. He reportedly climbed over a metal guardrail. The man’s unit was reportedly on the island for field training at Pohakuloa Training Area.

The crater the man fell off is on Hawaii’s Big Island. In 2018, the volcano erupted for an entire month, leaving spewing gasses and lava and leaving residents displaced. He reportedly fell into the crater around 6:30 p.m. but was not located until 9:00 p.m., according to the Times.

Remarkably, the man survived and was reportedly airlifted to a hospital by a Department of Defense helicopter. Officials said the man was “seriously injured.”

“Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges,” Chief Ranger John Broward said in a statement. “Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death.”

Kilauea is the youngest and southeastern most volcano in Hawaii, according to the United States Geological Survey. USGS says that there have been 34 eruptions since 1954, and since 1983 eruptive activity has been continuous. It is considered “among the world’s most active volcanoes.”

The report is a reminder of the dangers of breaching barriers, which are put there for the safety of tourists. According to the Associated Press, 64 fatal falls have been reported at the Grand Canyon in Arizona in the park’s history. Many, according to the report, involved a person breaching the guardrail.

The last fatal fall at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to the National Park Service, occurred on October 29, 2017.

Flight Deal: Fly Nonstop From San Francisco To Hawaii For $297

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Hawaii is never a “cheap” destination to fly to, no matter where you depart from. Luckily, Alaska Airlines is looking out for those around San Francisco. The airline is running a promotion on its nonstop flights from San Fran to Hawaii for only $297.

These low priced routes are available for travel throughout the month of May. It is best to use Priceline to guarantee the lowest price.

This particular route goes to Kahului, Hawaii, which is located on the island of Maui.

Maui, known as “The Valley Isle,” is known for its stunning beauty and high-end luxury resorts. Take your pick from a number of water sports such as diving, snorkeling, surfing, or body surfing.

If nature is more your interest, then you will want to travel to Hana to see Twin Falls or explore Wai‘anapanapa Caves. Spend some time relaxing in the Pools of ‘Ohe‘o.

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The Big Island is home to Punalu’u Beach, which is the most famous black sand beach in Hawaii. It is easily accessible and great for swimming, snorkeling, coastal hikes and seeing turtles.

Kaimu Beach is one of the newest black sand beaches on The Big Island. This is not a beach for swimming or snorkeling, but it is highly recommended for those who love or have an interest in volcanoes.

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and is located on the island of Oahu’s south shore. One of the most famous neighborhoods on Honolulu is Waikiki. There you will find everything a tourist wishes for, from nightlife to food.

If you want something a little less lively, then check out the world’s largest open-air market, Ala Moana. From there, make your way over to the pan-Asian alleys of Chinatown to eat your heart out. You can even see the only royal palace in the United States.

No matter which island you decide to visit, there is plenty to do. Be sure to participate in a Luau to really get a feel of authentic Hawaiian culture.

Grab your flight now. Low-priced nonstop flights don’t come around very often.

West Coast To Hawaii For As Low As $248 Round-Trip

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There’s no better vacation than Hawaii. With the perfect year-round temperature, beautiful scenery and food, the islands of Hawaii offer a great trip for anyone looking for optimal rest and relaxation.

Right now, there are flight deals to Hawaii for as low at $248 round-trip from the west coast.

The deal features cheap flights to most of Hawaii’s islands.  If you’re looking for some adventure, then head to Kauai. Located in the far north and known as the Garden Isle, here is where you can enjoy gorgeous rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls.

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From resorts, gorgeous beaches, hiking, and snorkeling, Kauai offers a variety of things to do.

Oahu is where the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, is located. This is the busiest island and where you will find the most diversity.

Famous attractions include Pearl Harbor and Waikiki Beach.

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Maui needs no introduction. Here is where you will find famous beaches that feature black, red and white sand, the road to Hana and adventures at Haleakala National Park.

Don’t leave Maui without a trip up Hana road for some of the best views.

Here’s how to fly for as low as $248 round-trip

From Los Angeles

Sun Country Airlines has a flight leaving Los Angeles to Honolulu for as low as $278 round-trip from April 27 through May 4, according to Google Flights. 

From Portland

The cheapest flight from Portland is for a vacation beginning in May for $248 round-trip, according to Google Flights. Plug in May 2 through May 8 as your travel dates.

From Seattle

Those of you leaving Seattle will find that the island Kahului is the cheapest. Prices are $200 cheaper than average prices for this time of the year, according to Google Flights. Use June 10 through June 19 as your travel dates.

Many Southwest Airlines Travelers Left With No Return Flights Home

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Many travelers from Baltimore, Chicago, and St. Louis trying to purchase roundtrip tickets to Hawaii for Southwest Airlines ran into a frustrating problem this week. They were able to purchase flights to Hawaii, but couldn’t find any tickets for the return flight home. Angry customers flocked to Southwest Airlines’ Facebook and Twitter pages to demand answers.

The issue wasn’t a glitch or due to sold out flights, but was due to Southwest’s scheduling options. According to USA Today, the airline’s limited flight schedule doesn’t get passengers into California in time to catch Southwest flights to most cities east of Cali. 

RELATED: Southwest Airlines $49 Flights To Hawaii Officially On Sale

For example, flights from Honolulu to Oakland arrive in Oakland at 5:50 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time. The last flight from Oakland to Chicago is 4:50 p.m., not giving passengers an adequate connecting flight option. 

“When developing these schedules, our primary focus was to offer the best possible timings for local customers (in Hawaii and California),” said a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines in response to traveler concerns on their community message board.  “As we continue to add service to Hawaii and increase some of our technical capabilities, we will only see more cities gain connections to the state.’’

At the moment, the only way for travelers outside of the West coast to travel to and from Hawaii is to buy a series of separate one-way tickets. You would have to buy a one-way ticket to Hawaii, a return ticket from Hawaii to California, and then California back home.

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Southwest’s new Hawaii flights will begin for travel starting March 17 and flights are selling out quickly. With introductory fares purchased for as low as $49 each day, it may be worth the slight hassle until Southwest can offer a more convenient flight schedule to and from Hawaii.

Southwest Airlines $49 Flights To Hawaii Officially On Sale

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Southwest Airlines has solidified itself as one of the best low-cost American carriers. In October 2017, the airline announced that it would be offering flights to Hawaii. However, no date was given at that time.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the airline’s routes to Hawaii just last week. The FAA had to give the green light for Southwest to fly Boeing 737-800 jets over water for long distances.

On Monday, it was announced that one-way fares from Oakland, California would only cost passengers $49. This is less than 25 percent of the price of competitors that fly the same route.

The flights begin taking off on March 17, and the low-cost fares are already selling out. Some of the dates have started to increase to $99 one-way, but this is still significantly lower than other carriers. Southwest plans to fly to the islands from four California cities: Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, and Sacramento. Passengers can fly to Honolulu, Kahului on Maui, Kona, and Lihue on Kauai.

The airline will also offer flights between the islands, starting April 28 between Honolulu and Kahului on Maui, and starting May 12 between Honolulu and Kona, with fares starting at $29 each way.

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The addition of these low-priced flights could mean that vacations to Hawaii will drop in price as well.

Southwest was planning to increase its routes by 5 percent this year with over half of that being through the addition of the Hawaii routes.

“Were it not for Hawaii, we would absolutely be adding some more international routes and augmenting some of our flying,” Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told analysts on an earnings call in January. “So it’s simply a matter of prioritization, and Hawaii, I think, deserves that kind of prioritization. It’s that big of an opportunity.

With news like this, it’s safe to say many people will be heading to Hawaii soon. Will you?

8 Destinations That Are Perfect For Spring Break

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Spring Break 2019 is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your week-long getaway. Here’s a list of some of the best spots around the world where you can enjoy your time off.

For The Surfer

Located just 45 minutes north of Lisbon, Pedra Branca in Ericeira, Portugal is a surfer’s dream. Ericeira, pronounced Eery-Say-Reh, is the surf capital of Portugal, often described as a surfing mecca due to its abundance of consistent waves that are accessible to surfers of all levels.

With the beaches and sunshine being the main attraction, most other activities involve exploring the small, seaside towns and fishing villages.

For The Partier

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic offers some of the best spring break packages around at stunning resorts with all of the amenities you could imagine. With flight and all-inclusive hotels locked in, you can now focus on finding the best parties. STS Travel provides a schedule of some of the most popular parties with events and artists added daily. 

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Shawn Lee | Unsplash

 

For The Beach Bum

Dreamland Beach, located on Bali’s Southern coast on the Bukit peninsula, has taken a seat on many lists of the best beaches in the world. It is one of the hidden beaches of Bali boasting stretches of white sand backed by limestone cliffs and a rugged coastline. Many resorts have popped up in the area, but it is said that the beach still holds its original charm and is the perfect spot for someone looking to bask in the sun all day. With beach chairs for rent and cheap massages right on the sand, you may never want to leave.

For The Foodie

For those with a true appreciation for food, Osaka, Japan boasts some of the best restaurants in the world and also offers excellent value. Best known for Okonomiyaki, savory pancakes cooked in front of you on a steel grill, sushi, tempura, and traditional Japanese Kaiseki, Osaka restaurants offer enough variety to keep you busy during spring break. Some of the top-rated, Michelin star awarded restaurants you can’t miss include Kashiwaya with a classic kaiseki menu, and Taian or Koryu for more modern takes on traditional Japanese food.

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For The Yogi

Labeled a Blue Zone for the health and longevity of its people, Nosara, Costa Rica is located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Take time to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate at one of Nosara’s many yoga resorts or week-long retreats. Bodhi Tree and Blue Spirit offer just the escape you need overlooking the jungle and blue waters of the Pacific.

For The Art & Culture Junkie

Florence, Italy is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and the heart of the Italian Renaissance. From the Duomo to the Accademia Gallery which houses Michelangelo’s David (easily the most famous sculpture in the world), there is no shortage of art and culture to explore. You can spend hours strolling through the narrow streets taking in the breathtaking architecture and history. Nearly every corner of the city provides a remarkable museum, palace, or church that house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world.

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For The Family

Getting away with little ones in tow can feel daunting, but The Big Island of Hawaii is an easy and family-friendly getaway. The island offers tide pool exploration, kid-friendly snorkeling, volcano and beach adventures, and plenty of kid-friendly accommodations. Many of the family-oriented resorts provide indoor and outdoor activities for children of all ages.

For The Adventure Seeker

The Galápagos Islands are part of the Republic of Ecuador located about 600 miles from the coast in the Pacific Ocean. The islands offer wildlife and views unlike anything else in the world. The Galápagos archipelago, a chain of 19 islands and dozens of islets, is still a volcanically active area, and the islands often see fresh eruptions. Enjoy snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking, swimming and surfing, horseback riding, mountain biking, scuba diving, panga (dinghy) rides, and more. There is no shortage of adventure throughout the unspoiled landscape of The Galápagos Islands.

Residents Celebrate As Hawaii Sees Snow After Winter Storm

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If the talk of global warming and the world coming to an end hasn’t gotten your attention yet, check this out.

Snow has fallen in Hawaii and residents are freaking out. A storm over the weekend left parts of Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area in Maui covered in a wintery blanket of snow. This is the first time any state park in the entire state has laid eyes on anything like this. “Polipoli State Park, at 6,200 feet they reported snow. That is pretty rare for Maui obviously,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Melissa Dye said. “I had talked to a ranger this morning, and he said they had 4-foot drifts. Very impactful.”

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Kona Low is what caused the snow to hit the tropical island. Science tells us that Kona Low is a block of cold and low-pressure air that got separated from the cold jet stream. Witnesses to the state park’s first snowfall were shocked at first, but then curiosity took hold of them. Lance Endo had a friend camping in the park that sent him a text explaining what he saw. Endo couldn’t believe it, so he did what any other normal person would have done. He hopped in his car and drove over an hour just to see the snow. “I just wanted to go play in the snow,” Endo said.

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Endo went back to grab his children so they can experience “something that’s very unusual in Hawaii.”

Of course, Hawaii experiences storms but not like this. Typically, storms hit Hawaii from the west or south and bring strong winds, flooding, and high surf with them. Since the weekend system came from up north and was super cold and extremely strong, parts of Maui saw snow this time.

Who knows which island could be next.

Flight Deal: Round-Trip Flights To Various Hawaii Destinations For $294

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There’s never a wrong time to book a trip to Hawaii. That’s because its perfect climate, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to mid-80s year-round and sunny days, make Hawaii among the best places to either relax or drift off into adventure during your vacation.

There’s are insane deals on multiple airlines that will get you to Hawaii for as low as $294 round-trip:

From Los Angeles

United, Hawaiian and Delta airlines all have trips to Honolulu priced at $338 round-trip for early March. According to Google Flights, the average prices for flights during this time are at least $571.   To book this trip, use dates March 7 through March 13 on Google Flights.

From Fort Lauderdale

The cheapest from Fort Lauderdale is to Kailua, priced at $479 round-trip on United Airlines. The dates used for this deal are from Jan. 28 through Feb. 5, according to Google Flights. Trips during this time are normally $668, so make sure you don’t miss out on this deal.

If you have extra to spend, American, Delta, and United Airlines all have round-trip flights for $511 round-trip for Mar. 4 through Mar. 11.

From Boston

Kauai, known for Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay, and Ke’e Beach are priced at $486 from Boston, according to Google Flights. That’s a nearly $260 savings for traveling during this time of year.

For this deal, plug in March 3 to March 11 as your travel dates.

 

From Baltimore

There are a few deals to the Islands of Hawaii, all priced below $500 round-trip on Google Flights.

Want to go to Honolulu? Trips are priced at $481 from Feb. 24 through Mar. 4 on Alaska Air.

Is Kahului on your bucket list? As Shannon Sharpe would say, “that ain’t no problem.” Flights are $465 from Feb. 25 through Mar. 6 on Alaska, United, and American Airlines.

The cheapest option, however, is to Kauai from Feb. 4 through Feb. 11 on United Airlines. Don’t miss this deal!