Planning a trip to Hawaii this summer? You might want to book it as early as possible if you’re counting on a good deal.
Going back a calendar year to last April, tourist destinations were busy closing their doors as people moved into lockdowns across the world. Airlines canceled much of their flight offers, and those that took off carried only a fraction of their usual capacity. Hotels have either closed entirely or significantly reduced their services, resulting in extremely low occupancy rates.
As a result, you could find a good deal last summer and fall on flights, hotels and car rentals as the industry struggled to make ends meet. In the case of Hawaii, hotel rooms in Waikiki could be rented for less than a hundred dollars a night, and round-trip flights from the West Coast were very reasonable, sometimes under $ 300.
But now, as the world prepares to welcome vaccinated travelers back to the road, the era of those deals is drawing to a close.
A report from Hawaii’s KHON2 confirmed this when speaking with industry experts last week.
“If you see a deal hang it on because if things go on well they won’t stay there for very long,” one expert advised.
The article cites the rise in hotel rates in Waikiki, to over $ 100 a night from the previous $ 60- $ 80 a night. Flights from the west coast to Honolulu are also climbing, from around $ 300 to almost double for some summer dates. Car rental rates are also skyrocketing, prompting some visitors to rent U-hauls instead due to lack of availability and high prices.
“Given the profound economic impact our industry felt during the pandemic, all hotels were actively looking for ways to defer their costs to later dates. Now that demand is increasing and business is starting to normalize, accommodation establishments will be looking not only to generate income and bring people back to work, but also to meet the diverse needs of their respective properties, ”said the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association president and CEO Mufi Hannemann told KHON2.
In other words, if you have Hawaii on your radar this summer, it is recommended that you start looking for a deal now and lock it in, because as we move into summer and demand continues to increase, it is likely that we will see prices. continue to rise, perhaps more than they were before the pandemic as everyone tries to catch up.
“People plan their vacations later in the summer,” said one expert. “It certainly gives hotels a lot more stability and when it comes to pricing, to start thinking longer term, summer through fall and winter.”