Best way is to check the airline's Web site and try various combinations. Sometimes one-way flights are very high and sometimes not, but I agree, a multi-city itinerary sounds best for you (e.g.,ATL-OGG and HNL-ATL on Delta).. I'd go to Delta's Web site and check. For Maui-Kauai-Oahu legs, I'd agree with above, and probably book separately on Hawaiian Airlines. I don't know if Delta's Web site would price out the complete itinerary, with inter-island flights, for you, using Hawaiian or other local carrier, but no harm in checking.
Earlier this year we flew US Airways to Maui, and then back home from LAX, making separate arrangements for inter-island flights and our Hawaii-mainland flight. Worked out fine.Edited: 4:58 pm, July 22, 2013
There's a nonstop from ATL to HNL. This is on a twin-aisle, wide body 330. Other DL options will be on smaller, single-aisle jets.
Check your pricing for all options - RT, one-way, open-jaw, and multi-city. Go from there.
If you're flexible, check alternate travel dates to possibly find lower fares.
Thank you very much! The matrix will be very helpful
Thank you kindly for all your responses. Great info and suggestions.
Yes by all means use the Delta direct to HNL A330 for your mainland to Hawaii r/t segments.
You can book interisland with Hawaiian easily enough. Most people would advise avoiding GO! airlines for interisland. Island Air is ok but would be my second choice after Hawaiian.
Hi again. With a slight change in travel dates I snagged a R/T ATL/HNL fare for under $480 (twin aisle-330 wide body) and will book inter-island travel separately as suggested. Next question: If we fly from Kauai early morning our final day to HNL with 8pm departure to ATL, will we be able to check in for the evening flight (and get rid of our bags) and have enough time to spend at Pearl Harbor and Arizona memorial?
OR, should we plan to return to HNL the evening before our departure stateside and ask the hotel to hold our bags during the day or request a late check out?
If you book with Hawaiian and can get your Delta and Hawaiin tickets (PNR) combined into one PNR you can check your bags in Kauai all the way through to Atlanta without having to pick them up and recheck them at HNL.
I probably would not get a room for just one night just to see Pearl Harbor.
BTW, if you are leaving soon be aware the government shutdown has caused the closing of the Arizona memorial as it is a federal park.Edited: 2:58 pm, October 03, 2013
Thx for your response. Pls define PNR? We're booked on United, not Delta. Trip isn't for another few months, so surely the Nat'l Park sites will be open by then!
passenger name record - PNR. If you book separate tickets you will have a PNR with Untied and a PNR with Hawaiian. You need to try to combine them into one other wise you will be picking up your bags in HNL and rechecking them as Hawaiian's new policy is to not through check bags unless all flights are on the same PNR. Since United and Hawaiian code share you should be able to combine tickets but will have to call to do that.