Booking our flights along the way proved to be a good decision for us, since we really appreciated the flexibility. Unlike in the US many places offer last minute price cuts on flights or offer lower prices all along. We found flights from Australia to the US to be very expensive and super long so we opted for a low cost carrier that flew to Honolulu. From Honolulu we booked a cheap flight to California the same day thinking we had just been on the beach in Aussie no need to visit Hawaii. Well I didn’t fully understand that you gain a day when you fly from Australia to the US but now I get it. It was a blessing in disguise — we arrived at 7am in Honolulu spent one night in Hawaii as a bit of a travel break. What a great day we had. We stayed at a nice resort and swam in a little lagoon hit their water-slides and went to the evening Luau. It was a fabulous quick peek at Hawaii and we all are glad we ended up there – maybe wishing we would have stayed another night or two.