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Find cheap flights to The Big Island from $112

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Cheapest round-trip prices found by our users on KAYAK in the last 72 hours

Kailua-Kona
Kailua-Kona1 stop$222
Hilo
Hilo1 stop$165
Waimea (Kamuela)
Waimea (Kamuela)2 stops$115

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Flight from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona

FAQs - booking The Big Island flights

  • What’s the best airport in San Francisco to fly to the Island of Hawai’i?

    If you want an airport that’s not busy but also not too far from San Francisco, then Oakland International Airport (OAK) is a good option that offers regular nonstop flights to the Island of Hawai’i via Alaska Airlines. On the other hand, if you value a shorter commute to the airport, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is closer to the city (13 mi), and you can choose to fly to the Island of Hawai’i on United Airlines in addition to Alaska Airlines.

  • Are there nonstop flights to the Island of Hawai’i from the East Coast?

    All flights to the Island of Hawai’i from any city on the East Coast require at least one layover, usually at Honolulu International Airport (HNL). Considering that the total duration of your trip won’t be less than 12h, you can also opt to split your trip in two and have a layover in a city on the West Coast like San Francisco or Los Angeles.

  • I’m traveling from Los Angeles. Which airport do I fly into?

    Both airports on the Island of Hawai’i receive nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). If you don’t mind having only one airline to choose from, you can book a flight to the Island of Hawai’i on United Airlines and land at Hilo International Airport. However, if you prefer to have more airlines to choose from, be aware that Kona International Airport receives regular flights from LAX.

  • Which airport is best to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?

    The airport closest to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the Hilo International Airport (45 min). If distance is the only factor, then this is the best airport to travel to. If, however, you want the possibility to choose another airline to fly to the Island of Hawai’i, then pick Kona International Airport instead. But keep in mind that this airport is a 2h 15m drive from the Volcanoes National Park.

  • How long is the flight to The Big Island?

    An average nonstop flight from the United States to The Big Island takes 10h 01m, covering a distance of 3477 miles. The most popular route is Los Angeles - Kailua-Kona with an average flight time of 5h 30m.

  • What is the cheapest flight to The Big Island?

    The cheapest ticket to The Big Island from the United States found in the last 72 hours was $94. The most popular route is from Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $233.

  • Which airlines fly to The Big Island?

    Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines & United Airlines fly the most frequently from the United States to The Big Island.

  • What are the most popular destinations in The Big Island?

    The next most popular destinations are Hilo (10%) and Waimea (Kamuela) (2%).

  • How does KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travelers know whether to wait or book now.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to The Big Island

  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest The Big Island flight deals.
  • If you’re looking for flights to Hawai’i from the continental United States, then Kona International Airport (KOA) is the airport with the most options of airlines and routes. It’s also the closest to all the beach resorts and about 13 min from the nearest beach.
  • If you’re flying to the Big Island for other attractions or for business, booking a flight to Hawai’i that lands at Hilo International Airport (ITO) might be more convenient. Keep in mind that this airport is not served by as many airlines and routes.
  • If you’re island-hopping, you can use either of the two major airports or opt to fly to Waimea-Kohala Airport (MUE). However, just remember that this airport is only served by regular flights to and from Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui Island.
  • If you’re traveling from the West Coast of the United States and want the shortest flight possible, then book a nonstop flight to Kona Airport.
  • Passengers traveling with small children from the West Coast and looking for the most child-friendly airport, consider booking a nonstop flight to Hawai’i that departs from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or San Jose International Airport (SJC).
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Top 5 airlines flying to The Big Island

 
Need help choosing which airline to fly with from the United States to The Big Island? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to verified KAYAK customer reviews.
8.1
Alaska AirlinesOverall score based on 9098 reviews
7.3food
7.9comfort
8.6crew
7.3entertainment
8.2boarding
Airline reviews

dont re-route to San Jose. Re-route to closer airport. Provide shuttle bus to go to SFO, not just LYFT vouchers.

2.0 MediocreShea Michael, Apr 2024PDX - SFO
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dont re-route to San Jose. Re-route to closer airport. Provide shuttle bus to go to SFO, not just LYFT vouchers.

I was not given a seat when I bought the ticket. I know airlines are trying to squeeze every penny out ot the customer, but we are buying a seat on the airplane, right? I find this irritating with all airlines, but especially Alaska because I fly it so often. No sense of customer use and loyalty.

WiFi connection bad. Food is really awful. Crew very nice and efficient

Staff seemed genuinely nice, not just going through the motions.

I would have rated the entire experience much better were it not for two things: 1. There was inconsistency between what we were told once on the plane vs. the answer I received to the question about "spreading out" from our assigned seats because the flight was sparsely populated, and the entire row we were in was empty but for us. I asked about one of us moving over one seat to make more room for us; before getting on the plane, I was told we could, which seemed like a sensible answer. Once on the plane, it was announced that we needed to stay in our assigned seats despite all of the empty space in our row, which seemed unneccessarily restrictive. 2. To add to the discomfort, we sat on the tarmac once the plane landed in Burbank for over half an hour waiting for a gate to become available. During that time we had to remain seated and buckled in, which was becoming more difficult as time dragged on, especially for my wife. If all of this was due to regulations, that may mitigate the sense of "needless" restriction somewhat, but it points to a need to make regulations less restrictive where it is not appropriate for the current conditions. The crew was not "nasty" about the restrictions, so I do not resent their actions, but it certainly would have been a much more pleasant flight if we had a few more options when it comes to comfort.

Red eye flight, so not expecting any extras, but the boarding and trip was smooth. Thx Alaska.

It was the worst experience because they delayed the flight by 2 and half hours. We were supposed to depart by 3:41 but they did the depart by 6 pm. It was so boring!!

The cabin temperature was very warm. Flight attendant did not help when my 3 YO needed to go to the bathroom and it was close to landing time. She knocked and opened the door. I would appreciate more empathy towards the situation.

Received little assistance with air sick child. Crew’s main concern was if anything got on the seat belt!

Due to delayed flight, we missed our connecting flight as well as had to wait for 11 hours for next availaible flight. Not good experience

It was a crowded flight. They did the best they could.

Service was good for such a short flight. Small plane but smooth flight.

Worst flight in my life. Only was scheduled for a 45 min flight to get our connection flight. It was late by 40 minutes and we missed our connection. Delta was totally useless trying to help and unable to get my family on the next flight because they overbooked it Thus had to get a hotel at my expense and lost a day at Disney as a result. Cost me about a $1000 if you add 2 hotels meals shuttles etc to get thru the day Awful customer service by Delta in Detroit totally useless people

The experience was good and the flight departed on time and landed early

The flight was delayed but we got to our final destination.

Boarding was great. The flight landed early. It took the crew over an hour and a half to bring out drinks. I paid to upgrade my seat to Comfort+ only to be near a crying/screaming baby who was seldom quiet. Noise-cancelling earbuds didn’t even help. Waste of money to upgrade.

Seats in first class on the E175 recline too far back. I was in 2A, and the man in 1A fully reclined almost the entire flight. It took 6-7 inches of space away from me and made it very difficult to work on my laptop.

On 2 different flights the wifi was horrible and there was no drink or snack service.

Wifi wasn’t working well so we couldn't view any media.

Flight was late. Club was full. Experience is exactly what I expected.

Flight delayed then cancelled then gate changed two times then baggage lost.

The plane is extremely loud and there’s no place to charge devices.

Not great to be very honest. Our flight was delayed after we sat at the airport until 15 minutes after we were supposed to leave . We were then notified the plane was being worked on “and the parts were out in the ground and still not finished .” Even though the work started the evening before and they knew it wasn’t fixed. . Then we were told it would be a 1:15 pm boarding time so we waited then at 1:45pm we were told it would be an 11:15pm boarding . It was changed to and 3:55am boarding the next morning . We lost out on a day in Hawaii and a night of our VRBO rental.

Safety record impeccable and important since flying many hours and thousands of miles over ocean.

Love the food service and attentiveness of the crew. Could have wi-if on flight

Seats on second leg from Hawaii to Tokyo would not recline. 9 hrs is long in total upright position.

Apparently the computer systems were down, so I wasn’t able to check in 24 hours in advance, despite multiple times on the app, the website, and by calling. Then I arrived at the airport and wasn’t assigned a seat right away. I had to wait until I was at the gate and waited about another hour for an agent. She was nice to give me a “free upgrade.“.

The crew worked to help us find standby seats and we were able to arrive at our destination early which was great. Only drawback is airport at Kona which is in need of update - waiting at gate passengers exposed to jet fumes, there’s only one restaurant with minimal choices, etc

Increased effort to keep family members (purchasing multiple tickets in the same transaction) sitting together. Additionally, when faced with choosing seats at the automated check-in kiosk, only exit row seats charging an additional $9 were available, but if you decline to choose seats, it picks seats that are NOT exit row. How does that work, Hawaiian?

It was wonderful. I have never flown Hawaiian Airlines, but I would definitely do it again. They were wonderful.

flight delays, staff only communicating when pushed, food service lasting a grand total of 7 minutes, stuck in seat from 45mins into flight until landing

Crew was great and did their best to make us comfortable and captain came out at the beginning to announce why the flight was delayed, weather situation up ahead, and kept us updated throughout the flight.

they made me check my carryon. There was space in the overhead bins.

Nice flight, nice crew but no cookie or napkin with my seltzer.

Trip was smooth bumpy from the wind but no issues at all the crew attendant was very pleasant and had great customer service

This was a Lufthansa flight. Disappointing main meal. Very rough over Canada and arrival at FRA. IFE was almost unusable.

It got me where I needed it to; not much more. It had no competition so that was why I chose it.

I liked everything about the flight. The service was excellent!

The customer service was excellent! Check-in, baggage check-in, boarding, the flight went very smooth.

The flight was delayed instead of leaving at 11 it left at 12.20

I arrived to the airport 2 hours before my American Airlines flight was scheduled to take off. I have TSA pre-check. The airport was crazy packed when I arrived. After momentarily standing in the pre-check line, the TSA agent said that I am not pre-check. Of course I said that I am because I entered my KTN number on all my traveling sites and programs. I had to get out of line and go back to the AA counter to discover that American Airlines did not add my KTN to my boarding pass. I had to call TSA to find out my number, then have AA enter it onto my boarding pass. The emblem would not load onto my boarding pass. By this time, I decided to use my Clear in order to get through TSA but the line was ridiculous long. By the time I made through TSA, I missed my 11:08am flight and was re-booked for the 5:30pm. This is after the AA employee told me I should have gotten to the airport early. AA use to be a dependable airline not I use them only if I have too.

Average - flew with Jet Blue internal and it was far more comfortable and better food and entertainment. Notable difference

Flight from SBP to DFW 1. They rerouted us through PHX 2. Delayed flight out of SBP for 3 hrs so we missed our connection Downgrade on rerouted flight. Back of the plane, center seats, didn't sit together 4. Return flight out of DFW same exact thing. Delayed, missed connection, Downgrade + they lost our luggage! A complete mess.

On the new 319 NEO? seatback entertainment system did not work even when the flight attendant rebooted it. At least I had my cell phone to connect with wifi.

Good flights. Departure and arrivals were on time. DFW was a little problematic in that the Skytrain without prior notice bypassed the Echo terminal so that delayed my arrival at my connecting flight.

Do not eat the bagel! Otherwise, good albeit late, breakfast in first. Boarding downgrade only because flight was delayed due to plane change due to undisclosed problem with original aircraft. I did not use entertainment.

Because I can’t stand very long in one place, I was allowed to reword.

It was a good flight. Of course it was full, but it went well.

Overall the flights pretty good. The snacks we’re good and they were plenty of them. Both boarding and deplaning went quickly.

The flight was fine. All the delays and poor communication and customer service were the worst! We were supposed to arrive in London at 7:10 am. In stead we arrived at 1:30 pm. And now American Airlines refuses to make things right but only sent a canned apology after I contacted customer relations.

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