Using a small trick with Expedia can get you a huge discount on flights from Amsterdam to Hawaii with Star Alliance including luggage! You can book flights from as low as €609 by booking them through Expedia in connection with a ho(s)tel stay. This will make it possible for you to book a so called tour operator fare.
Once booked, you actually do not have to stay at the hostel. But of course you can also utilize this and directly book the hotel you want to stay in anyway. Maybe still just one night and for the rest of the time, you use the cheapest source, f.e. booking.com. Then you let the hotel connect the bookings.
Alternatively, you can also book flights operated by Air Canada which will fly via London and Vancouver.
How long this offer is available, is unfortunately unknown as the fare rules are not publicly visible.
However, availabilites are good in the following months:
- January to May, 2020
- Mid of August to September, 2020
Since this is not a light fare, gold status holders can check in up to 2 pieces of a maximum of 23 kg. United status holders should even be able to reserve eco plus seats with more leg room.
Search & Book
Since this a tour operator fare, booking it is slightly more complicated than usually but still only takes a few minutes to figure out.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to book a tour operator fare via expedia.nl
- Select flight & hotel search on expedia.nl
When opening expedia.nl, the standard selection is “Vlucht” which means flight. We wanna switch this to “Vlucht + Hotel”.
- Enter travel dates
Enter departure and arrival airports and travel dates. “Vertrek vanaf” is departure airport, “Bestemming” is arrival airport, “Vetrekdatum” is outbound flight date, “Retourdatum” is inbound flight date. “Reizigers” is the amount of travellers and “kamers” the amount of bedrooms.
- Different hotel dates
In order to book your flight the cheapest possible way, just one hotel night in the cheapest hostel is needed. Of course it may also make sense to book a night in the hotel you wanted to stay in anyway. But check the price increase (compared to cheapest hostel price) versus the price you would anyway pay before booking! You actually may not save any money this way!
- Choose ho(s)tels
You can select your preferred hotel and hostel from an extensive selection. As mentioned earlier, if you want to book the flight the cheapest possible way, sort the search results by price and choose the cheapest option. Prices shown are per person.
- Select flights
In the next step you can select your flights. You will only have a few options here at that price point but checking these flights regarding their routing can help save a few hours of extra travel time (unless you want that).
- Confirm & pay
In the last step, all information is listed again. You can then go ahead and pay with your preferred payment source at no extra cost.
Availabilities are a bit hard to figure out, since Google Flights doesn’t display the tour operator fare correctly. If there are no availabilities for your preferred dates, the only option is to manually try to find other dates that work.
This only works on the Dutch Expdia website. The other countries do not have this tour operator fare available.
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