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Thursday, September 21st 2017

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Kelowna to Maui | How To Get The Best Package Deals


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The Ydeals Noise-Free Guide To Getting The Best Deal On Flight & Hotel Packages From Kelowna (YLW) to Maui

Ydeals logo There are thousands of travel sites out there, all wanting you to believe they have unique or special prices on packages to Maui. They don't.

They use marketing noise to hide the fact that there are really only two sources of unique prices on packages to Maui.

This travelling from Kelowna guide will remove the noise and show you what those sources are, so you can stop wasting so much time when searching for the best trip deal.

What are the unique sources of prices on flight/hotel packages from Kelowna to Maui ?

Unique Source #1 - The Canadian Tour Operators

There is currently only one Canadian Tour Operator that offers packages from Kelowna to Maui, and that is: Air Canada Vacations.

Where should I look to get the best holiday package deal?

Well, you could just search Air Canada Vacations own website.

But of course there are *many* Canadian-based travel sites and brands that sell Air Canada Vacations packages. This is the noise.

You may already be familiar with some of the sites & brands that spend the most on marketing travel, such as:

RedTag iTravel2000 Flight Network Sell Off Vacations Tripcentral
Flight Centre Signature Vacations Sears Travel Escapes Marlin Travel

This is by no means a complete list of all the Canadian-based travel sites. The only important thing you need to know as someone searching for the best deal from Kelowna to Maui is that they are all retrieving their prices from the same source, and all trying to sell you the exact same packages at the exact same prices.

One site or brand can't offer a lower price than their competition, and they can't legally change the package prices themselves anyways.

In other words, it is a huge waste of your valuable time to check any more than one of the travel sites for Canadians. A large number of British Columbian travellers out there have been fooled into thinking they are comparison shopping, since no travel site or brand will ever admit that their prices are identical to their competition.

What about my local travel agency or independent travel agent here in Kelowna?

If it's through a travel agency in Canada, or a Canadian travel agent, you can think of them as being identical to the sites I just mentioned above. They're accessing the exact same prices, and from the same sources as the sites above, and trying to sell you the exact same packages. And they can't offer a price that's any different than any other site or brand.

When should I book to get the best price on travel to Maui?

This is never an easy question to answer, as Hawaiian package prices are not 100% predictable. The tour operators start by setting their price at a level they think will fill the maximum number of seats, based on the demand they expect to see. If they experience less demand than they expected, they may decide to lower them. If they experience more demand than they expected, they may raise them. Unfortunately, a lot of factors that influence demand can be unpredictable.

How long a person can wait it out in hopes of a better price is a personal decision. The Canadian Tour Operators are generally more apt than other sources to offer a discount on their package prices with under 4 weeks to go before departure. But there's never a guarantee that they will.

What about last minute deals on Hawaiian holidays to Maui?

Great last minute package deals to Maui from the Canadian Tour Operators are not nearly as common as most people tend to think. They're certainly not as common as the last minute price cuts from the Canadian Tour Operators to warm Caribbean destinations down south that you often see.

What's a decent price on a package with flight and hotel to Maui?

From Kelowna, packages to Maui from the Canadian Tour Operators tend to bottom out at around $1000 per person, after taxes. This is just a general guideline though, based on average demand periods of the year. And of course it can vary wildly, depending on the quality of the hotel involved in the package.

Package prices are highly affected by demand. So anytime you can think of a reason that there might be higher demand than usual for travel to Maui (such as dates when Kelowna travellers have vacation time) you can expect prices to react accordingly.

What about travel packages with non-stop flights to Maui?

From Kelowna, Air Canada Vacations does not currently offer any packages with direct flights to Maui. The flights usually have layovers in either Vancouver or Calgary in each direction.

Unique Source #2 - The Flight & Hotel Combiners

The Flight & Hotel Combiners are sites that simply mash together the latest flight prices from the major airlines with the latest hotel prices in Maui to create a package. They tend to be U.S. based travel brands offering packages from Canada.

Where should I look to get the best possible vacation package deal?

This is the noise. The flight price component of the package from the major airlines is identical for every site that offers these types of packages. There may be a slight differences in their source of hotel prices, but for the most part they're all grabbing the latest hotel prices from similar sources, at similar prices.

The result is that the Flight & Hotel Combiners usually all have very identical travel package prices to each other, and vacationers from Kelowna tend to waste a lot of time thinking they are comparing prices from unique sources against each other, when they're not.

Here are the Flight & Hotel Combiners that spend the most on travel advertising, you have likely heard of at least one of them...

Expedia Travelocity Book It Orbitz Hotwire


How can I compare the Flight & Hotel bundlers against the Canadian Tour Operators?

When comparing vacation packages, you always want to keep as many variables the same as possible. For example, remember that the Flight & Hotel Combiners are using the lowest price flight they can find from the major airlines when generating their package prices. This can sometimes mean the default flight involved is a terrible one, with multiple layovers.

For a fair comparison, you would also want to make sure the hotel quality is similar (or ideally, the same hotel) when comparing packages. And of course, similar dates and number of nights, as these factors can affect pricing.

When should I book my Maui trip to get the best price from the Flight & Hotel Combiners?

Try to remember that at the end of the day, the vacation packages offered by the Flight & Hotel Combiners are simply made up of two components:

1) The latest flight prices from the major airlines. The major airlines don't tend to offer great last minute prices, so waiting until the last minute can backfire. I find the major airlines tend to usually offer their most decent prices around 8 weeks before departure.

2) The latest hotel prices. It's more common to see hotels offer discounts at the last minute, but then you have to weigh that against the fact that the flight price component from the major airlines can rise as the date nears, meaning the package price could go up.

So, as a whole, I'd probably consider the flight price component as being the limiting factor, and suggest that I'd be comfortable watching prices from the Flight & Hotel Combiners up to about 8 weeks before departure. But everyone has a different tolerance for risk.

What about non-stop vacation packages to Maui?

As mentioned earlier in the guide, the Flight & Hotel Combiners often default to the lowest possible price available from the major airlines when presenting their package prices. So just be aware that this default flight could range from being one that is direct to one that is absolutely terrible with multiple layovers in each direction.

What about booking flight & hotel separately? Is that cheaper or more expensive than a package?

People often want to know if booking a hotel/air package to Maui is better or worse than booking flight and hotel separately. The answer is, well, that there is no correct answer. One or the other can be cheaper or more expensive for any given situation, at any given moment. All you can do is try both and compare.

I'd suggest starting with finding the cheapest reasonable flight to Maui from Kelowna that you can. You may want to read the article How To Get The Best Deal On Flights From Kelowna To Maui.

Then find the best hotel rates you can for your dates. Remember that air with hotel packages are almost always listed as 'per person' (usually based on 2 people in a room), so you'll need to do some simple math for an accurate comparison.

The easiest thing to do is usually just to take the package price that you see on the typical Flight & Hotel Combiner sites and multiply it by 2. Jot down this number.

Now take the total cost of the flights you found (2 of them) and add it to the total cost of the hotel (across all nights) that you found on your own. Compare to the number you jotted down above.

Remember that for a fair comparison you should always keep as many variables the same as possible, including the flight quality (direct vs stopovers), the number of nights, and the hotel involved.

Congratulations, you have essentially become your own Flight & Hotel Combiner, not all that different from what the large travel sites are doing.


What about cheap packages to Maui from U.S. airports within driving distance of Kelowna?

If you've ever read my guide about flying out of U.S. airports within driving distance of Kelowna, you may know that I feel it could be worth the drive, when you see a package from a U.S. airport to Maui that's at least a certain number of dollars less per person than a similar package from Kelowna.

How much cheaper it needs to be depends on which U.S. airport you're flying from. Below, I'll list how much cheaper I feel it should be from each U.S. airport, to be worth the drive.

Packages from U.S. departure cities are typically similar to what were discussed under 'Unique Source #2 - Flight & Hotel Combiners'. They are holiday combo packages that involve combining the latest flight prices from the major airlines with the latest hotel prices.

From Bellingham, Washington (BLI)

I feel it could be worth the drive, when you see a good deal on a holiday package from Bellingham to Maui that's at least $400 less per person than from Kelowna.

Your best chance would likely be to look at package offerings from Allegiant Air or Alaska Airlines to see how they compare to packages out of Kelowna.

Of course, you can also look at the price of 'flights only' to Maui from Allegiant Air or Alaska Airlines, and then try to combine it with a great hotel deal in Maui you've found yourself.

From Spokane, Washington (GEG)

I feel it could be worth the drive, if you ever see a package from Spokane to Maui that's at least $475 less per person than a similar package from Kelowna.

It could happen, but realistically, I think flying out of Bellingham is usually going to be your best U.S. departure choice.


I think I've found a great deal on a packaged vacation to Maui!

Excellent! Please share it with your fellow Kelowna travel lovers, they will appreciate it and thank you for it! You can post it in the YLW Deals Facebook group (click 'Join Group', at the top-right, when you arrive), where thousands of people from Kelowna are crowd-sourcing the best deals, and sharing great travel advice.

Or if you prefer, you can always give me a shout through the YLW Deals contact form or on Twitter @YLWdeals or through Google Plus. Great deal finds are always appreciated.


Why should I trust this Kelowna guide to Maui travel?

Chris Myden Ydeals The info in this guide is based on my observations of the travel industry over the years, including all the thousands of websites out there, and where all the different players get their prices from and how they interact with each other.

The goal is to remove the noise of travel marketing, so people can stop wasting so much valuable time searching the same prices over and over.

But, as social proof of it's accuracy, feel free to join the YLW Deals Facebook Group (click 'Join Group', at the top-right, when you arrive) and publicly disagree with any of it, or make a comment below. Critiques are always welcome!


I think I have some info that could help improve the Hawaiian vacation package guide for Maui!

Great! Please post your info in the Facebook group above, or contact me directly. Suggestions for improvement are always appreciated. Let me know if you see something that seems inaccurate or outdated.

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