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On our recent anniversary trip to Hawaii, we “island hopped” from Oahu (Honolulu) to Maui. Ideally our final, and only Hawaiian, destination would have been Maui, as Oahu wasn’t really an ideal stopping point for this trip. However, due to the fare sale we got in on, having a little stop in Honolulu was necessary. If you want to catch-up on our Hawaii adventure thus far, here are the other posts.
There are a few airlines that can get you from island to island, but my favorite is Hawaiian Airlines. I like that they often fly Boeing 717s between the islands, and their customer service seems to be pretty good. Of course, these flights are often in the 20-30 minute range, so as long as the flight is safe and relatively on-time everything else really is just a bonus. If you book in advance, you can often get flights between the islands for $70 – $80 range each direction, so these flights aren’t a huge investment even if you are paying out of pocket, however you can also often use miles. I have an entire post dedicated to miles and points options for these island hopping flights in this post.
On one of our flights, our desired time was not available on Hawaiian miles (that we got from getting the co-branded Hawaiian card from Bank of America that I can’t seem to find online right now), so we bought the ticket with cash. For the other, we used 7,500 Hawaiian miles. We were offered a chance to “buy up” to first at check-in for $50. This is a common occurrence, and it will save you from the checked bag fee as well as provide you lounge access (and time for a drink or two on the flight). If it were just me flying I would have passed, but my husband is bigger and likes having extra space whenever possible. Also, this was a “special” trip, so I wasn’t going to protest spending a little extra.
Hawaiian Airlines Premier Lounges:
There are Hawaiian Airlines lounges available in the locations shown below (taken from this site).
We visited the lounge in Honolulu before our flight to Maui, and thankfully I already knew to keep my expectations pretty low. Getting into the lounge was as simple as showing our first class boarding pass. Finding a chair took a bit of waiting until another party left. In the meantime, we were able to help ourselves to soft drinks or juice. There is complimentary internet, but you do need to get the password which was kept near the front desk on a small piece of paper.
I’m glad we had a place with internet to get a little bit of work done while waiting for our flight, but this was absolutely the most bare-bones lounge I have ever visited…and that is saying a lot. It wasn’t a bad place to visit by any stretch, it just didn’t have very much to offer beyond internet and a soda. Still, that is all we needed, so it met our needs.
Hawaiian Airlines Flight:
We chose seats 1A and 1B, and if given the choice I do highly recommend a window seat on these island flights. We flew over Molokai and Lanai, and it was neat to get a peak at those islands that we have yet to visit. The seats were clean and certainly comfortable enough for our very short flight.
I liked the reminder to not put your stinky feat on the bulkhead!
They asked what in-flight beverages we wanted prior to departure, and it was served shortly after take-off along with a small snack package.
We enjoyed our brief flights on Hawaiian and would absolutely use them again for our hops between Hawaiian islands. What have your experiences been on Hawaiian Airlines?