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Hot deal: You can fly from Vancouver to Hawaii and Australia for half price

Save hundreds of dollars by adding a stop in a paradise.

Flights from Vancouver to Hawaii can make a trip to Australia cost less - and travellers can enjoy two world-class destinations. 

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 cost of a return ticket.

According to Google Flights, the least expensive round-trip flights from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Sydney International Airport (SYD) typically cost usually cost between $1,550 and $2,700. 

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. 

Include a Hawaiian stopover to cut costs on your Australia trip

A flight that departs Vancouver on Friday, Oct. 26 and returns from Honolulu on Thursday, Nov. 7 costs $348. To get the low-cost options, travellers must book with or FlightHub. Tickets booked directly with WestJet cost $382 (see slide two). 

According to Google Flights, $382 is considered "low" for economy tickets, with similar trips costing between $$750 and $1,850 (see slide three). 

A flight that departs Honolulu on Monday, Oct. 28 and returns from Sydney on Monday, Nov. 4 costs $556. Tickets must be booked separately with JetStar directly to snag the low fare (see slide four). 

According to Google Flights, $556 is considered "low" for economy tickets, with similar trips costing between $590 and $1,300 (see slide five).

The price for the trip with both tickets works out to $938 ($382 + $556). This itinerary includes two nights in Hawaii on the outbound portion of the trip and a few nights back in Hawaii on the return.