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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What decides the price of airline tickets?

 Today is Travel Tuesday on Twitter, otherwise known as #travelTuesday.

 In this week’s blog I wanted to address the price of airline tickets. As a travel agent for Travel to Maui I get asked this question all the time.  Why are tickets so expensive this year? 

There are many things that factor in when pricing your airline ticket.
For example:

  1. Dates of travel. When is high season and when is the cheap time to travel to Hawaii and Tahiti?
  2. Day of the week. What days of the week are cheaper than others and why?
On our Travel to Maui website FAQ page we address these questions and more. For example when booking a trip to Hawaii to get the cheapest airline ticket Monday-Thursday will be the least expensive day to fly. Friday, Saturday and Sundays have a weekend surcharge imposed by the airlines. Saturday is always the most popular day and the most expensive day of the week to fly.

What else will make your airline ticket price jump?

  • Price of fuel (as the cost of fuel goes up so does the price of your airline ticket)
  • Supply and demand (holidays, or peak travel dates will make the ticket prices more expensive)
  • Departure city (often times the cities with the most competition will have the best rates, but not always)
  • How booked the flight is when you make your reservation? Is the lowest fares already gone? They seldom come back. Even if there was a sale if your flight is full you won’t be able to cash in on the sale!
  • Are you purchasing a refundable or nonrefundable ticket? Most airline and online travel websites push the nonrefundable ticket. Here at Travel to Maui we offer a cancel waiver to cover your travel package. This policy gives you piece of mind especially when you are booking months in advance. That way you can secure the lowest prices on your airplane ticket and travel package and still be rest assured “just in case of an emergency.”

For more information on travel packages to Hawaii or Tahiti contact us at

 Written by Marie Glodt at Travel to Maui.
Certified Hawaii and Tahiti Specialist at the Hawaiian Visitor Bureau and Tahitian Visitor Bureau.