Virgin Atlantic has knocked it out of the park with its Black Friday sale that I wrote about here.
Now that the sale is live I have had a chance to go through some options. These are probably the best prices we are going to see for Hawaii and although it’s a long way, it is one of my favourite places in the world. The islands are all quite different and there is easily enough to do for a few weeks.
Obviously, with the current situation, we don’t know when we will be allowed into the US again. The offer prices are available until the end of June, so I think with vaccines on the horizon and the Virgin offer of 2 free changes I would feel comfortable booking for May/June. I have been to Hawaii at all different times of the year. May is a great time of year for Hawaii. If you avoid the US Memorial day weekend (end of the month) it’s not too busy and the weather is just right at around a 27C daily high.
The big watch out
The reason the title says to be careful is that you will come across some itinerary that shows as business class initially but when you look at them in detail the legs to Hawaii are only in economy. However, there are legs available in business class the whole way. Just make sure you go through it with a fine-tooth comb and if you pre-book your seats then you should be fine. This does not appear to be an error fare since other US routes are £999, but I always advise holding off booking anything else non-refundable for at least 10 days just in case. Personally, I would not be booking anything at the moment that I can’t change or at least get a voucher back if things change.
The flights to Hawaii are available with Delta, Virgin, KLM and Air France. Delta or Virgin would be my choices. This would be down to the fact that the seats are better on Delta and with Virgin the A350 is available on the Los Angeles route with the Upper Class Suite. It may not be as good as the BA Suite, but it definitely has a lot more room than the old Virgin Suites. I always enjoy the onboard service from Virgin and their lounge at Heathrow is one of my favourite business class lounges in the world. If you travel with Air France or KLM, it means you have an extra leg to the journey and have to change in Amsterdam or Paris. However, if you live some distance from Heathrow, there are offers available from most regional airports using Air France or KLM so that may be a better option.
The fares are available to all the man islands in Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui – Lihue, Kauai – Lihue, and the Big Island – Kona. If you live in Scotland, flying from Inverness may be cheaper due to the lack of APD.
- Book by: 30 November
- Travel: Outbound – Permitted 23 Nov 20 through 30 Jun 21 for each transatlantic sector. Inbound – Permitted 23 Nov 20 Through 30 Jun 21 for each transatlantic sector.
- Minimum stay: 3 nights or a Saturday night
- Maximum stay: 3 months
- Transfers: yes up to 5
- Stopovers: Yes Amstedam or Paris for £70
- Refundable: No
- Changeable: Yes