‘A good buddy of mine’ is going to Hawaii this weekend, for 8 nights. Last year, my buddy went to Hawaii at about this same time of year, also for about a week. All the travel publications say now’s the time to travel, as prices are at all-time lows.
There’s apparently a lot of truth to that. Just checking online tells me that Expedia will get you from Seattle to Honolulu next week for as little as $235. The same flight last year would’ve cost you $550 -$600 if memory serves correctly. Last year, a room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village ran about $300-$325. This year, you can get one for as little as $219 ($197 if you’re a senior citizen).
So for two (non-senior citizen) people, for 7 nights, that breaks out as follows:
Airfare $1,100 $470
Lodging $2,100 $1,533
Total $3,100 $2,003
Total savings $1,097, or 35.4%
Talk about a sign of the times.