The Wake Island 74th Anniversary Commemoration is confirmed for December 12, 2015. Not visited by tourists since 2009, it is a go this year through Military Historic Tours.
The day charter is $1,795 when booked alone. A $500 deposit is required to confirm your place. There is a Dec 8-14 tour stretching from Hawaii to Guam to Wake for $3,495, with optional Saipan/Tinian extension. I do not receive any compensation from Military Historic Tours and if I go, I will be paying full price.
This is for veterans and their families, history buffs, and country collectors. Count me in the later two.
I went on the Iwo Jima 70th Anniversary charter this year and it was one of my best travel experiences, see my posts on Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima will be back for 2016. Wake’s frequency is unknown and I may have permanently missed my chance at Midway by not going several years ago. Now the birds are so destructive to jet engines (and vice versa) that a Midway fly-in tour may no longer be feasible.
Reaching Guam on award tickets from the US the primary options are Delta and United. Delta has typical gouge-pricing. United has better availability, mostly in economy, both with quick routes through Honolulu and Tokyo, and the longer Micronesia Island Hopper between Honolulu and Guam. Several South Korean budget carriers fly to Guam, as does Philippine Airlines, which can be booked using several point currencies.
The issue from the US is cabotage rules preventing a foreign carrier from flying you on a US domestic trip, so you cannot cruise to Guam on Japan Airlines via Tokyo on the same ticket. On my Iwo Jima trip I had a mental freeze, booked a Delta award on Korean Air and day of departure Korean called Delta to cancel my flight; fortunately Delta honored my ticket on Delta metal.