Want to visit the Land Down Under with an extended stopover in the Aloha State?
While the combo might sound attractive on its own (who doesn’t want to soak in the sunshine in Hawaii and Australia), travellers may find the pairing irresistible when they have a gander at the price tag.
Adding a stopover makes some itineraries more expensive while others include them for free. However, booking a flight from Vancouver to Hawaii and then a second one to Australia can take a significant chunk of change off the price tag — try several hundred dollars off the total cost of a return ticket.
Tickets from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Sydney International Airport (SYD) typically cost between $2,250 and $3,900, according to Google Flights. That said, it is possible to find tickets significantly cheaper than this by planning and using the software’s price calendar to find low-cost options.
For example, a flight that departs Vancouver on Monday, April 15, and returns from Sydney on Tuesday, April 30 costs $1,385 with Air New Zealand. This price is about $1,335 cheaper than usual.
Include a Hawaiian stopover to cut costs on your Australia trip
While a ticket under $1,500 might be a great deal for travellers headed to the other side of the globe, buying two tickets — with one heading to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) — allows them to save significantly more.
A flight from Vancouver that departs on Friday, April 5, and returns from Honolulu on Wednesday, April 24 costs $410. A second ticket with a flight that departs Honolulu on Saturday, April 6, and returns from Sydney on Saturday, April 20 costs $482.
The price for the trip with both tickets works out to $892 ($410 + $482). This itinerary would include a one-night stay in Honolulu before heading to Sydney and then four nights in Honolulu on the way back before heading back to Vancouver. It also includes a couple of weeks to enjoy Australia.
Find out everything you need to know about planning a holiday from Vancouver to Hawaii with our comprehensive guide.