I've visited three of the other islands from O'ahu, The Big Island, Kaui and Maui and most of those trips (except direct flights to Maui) I have flown Hawaiian Airlines. They have a very large selection of times flying to all of the other island airports with very competitive prices.
We've been lucky to get some really good prices with times that worked for us. During our last trip to Maui we paid about $85 rt which is about the average price we have paid on our past trips.
They have some excellent specials and you just may be able to grab a $39 one way deal to some of the islands, just make sure to book your flights in advance.
Check out their website for current specials and the available prices.
American Airlines will always be my choice of airline when I travel for pleasure and I've been lucky that I have been able to get some really excellent airfare deals on every single one of my trips. I have been to Oahu 7 times now and will continue to come here as long as the prices are right :) On our most recent trip we paid only $345 rt from NYC!!
The flights from New York City are quite long and if you choose to fly American Airlines you will never fly direct. All the flights to Oahu from NYC make connecting stops in either Dallas, Los Angeles or Chicago (they no longer fly from San Francisco). This makes the flight to Oahu more bearable as the total flying time is about 11-12 hours. We've connected in all the cities including Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. During our recent trip in January 2012 we connected in Dallas both ways,
One thing that you should note is that American Airlines does not provide you with any meals on what they consider domestic flights, and Hawaii is considered a domestic flight although flying times are more than 5 hours. They do have for purchase their on-board meals which consists of sandwiches, crackers and chips, which must be purchased with a credit card, no cash is allowed. Better yet, make sure to bring your own food prior to boarding your flight unless you're seating in business/first..
This Admirals Club is hardly a club at all. It's a room with small snacks and very limited drink options. Seating is quite limited and not very comfortable. The bathrooms here are quite nasty; the gen pop bathrooms are better. I was not at all impressed by this club and probably will choose to sit and wait with the masses instead in the future.
We have been saving our points for many years through our American Airlines Visa card. So when the discussion came up what airlines we were going to take. So we went all out and bought two first class tickets with the points we saved. We were totally elated with the comfort and services Hawaiin Airlines provided. They feed you a lot, with all the drinks you want. You have your own movie screen with a huge selection to watch. Plus, I enjoyed the hourly update of the distance and time of your departure and arrival to your destination. With having the upgraded service, you have your own waiting area called Premier Services where they have drinks, snacks and restrooms. We've have begun saving for our next travel adventure.
I don't travel a lot on airlines that much anymore because I am prone to leg cramps and I have RA. I feel bad for anyone sitting next to me because I have to get up and stretch or I am in pain, so I take the isle seat usually.
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is the major airport on Oahu. You'll find just about every domestic and international carrier flies in and out of HNL. The airport is very nice and tries to incorporate the culture of the islands with various art pieces throughout the airport.
There are plenty of shops and places to grab a bite to eat before boadring a long flight home to the mainland. I like that there are so many open air spaces in the airport that allows for the nice breezes to come through. It is as if you are getting a last bit of Hawaii before going home(usually to not great weather).
American Airlines is our preferred carrier. Most flights from New York connect with Dallas, LA or Chicago and then on to Oahu. I have used all three as connection points and prefer LAX over the other two options.
Be forewarned; that AA treats this flight as it does all other domestic flights when flying coach. This means despite the long haul to Hawaii; there is no provided meal service; there are snacks/meals for purchase though. My wife is always prepared and makes sure to bring ample snacks to keep hunger at bay during the flight.
Our last flight to Hawaii was quite nice with upgrades clearing from JFK to LAX and from LAX to Honolulu. It was a comfortable way to go especially with the nice large seats, decent meals and some champagne before take off. We were able to watch some movies and enjoy a bit of sleep before we hit some major turbulence before landing.
A great way to go!! As this was for a very special birthday, Angie got to fly Business class - she took me too so all good at home lol. The lie flat bed was brilliant on the trip home from LA - got 9 hours sleep when I normally get 6 at best.
Many visitors to the Hawaiian Islands come through Honolulu International Airport. From here, you can get a shuttle flight to other islands.
Be aware of multiple checks for items which cannot be taken onto the mainland US (animals, produce, plants, etc). This is separate from the routine security check.
The airport was originally built as the John Rodgers Airport in 1927. In order to create a long enough runway/landing strip, the Keehi Lagoon was dredged and the sand and soil used to create the current "runway island."
Aloha interesting History under http://www.alohaairlines.com/History.php
Aloha’s first transpacific flight to the West Coast on February 14, 2000, linked Hawaii with Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within a year, Aloha added service to Las Vegas and Orange County in Southern California. We’ve been growing ever since, offering our special brand of flying.
Today, smart consumers are discovering that Aloha Airlines is one of travel’s best- kept secrets. True to its tradition of more than half a century, Aloha continues to offer passengers what they want: comfort, convenience, value, and something more, that friendly Aloha spirit that comes from the Islands, and from the heart.
That’s what Aloha is all about.
Save on travel between Hawaii and California for the holidays. Special fares are valid from Hawaii on December 1 - 25, 2005 and to Hawaii on December 29 - January 8, 2006.
Honolulu International Airport is the major aviation gateway for the State of Hawaii. It is used for both overseas (international/domestic) and inter-island flights. It also unctions as a joint military-civilian airport sharing airfield facilities with Hickam Air Force Base
We used American Airlines from San Francisco but as a domestic flight their policy is no meal although the flight was about 6 hours long! Anyway most of the big companies fly here from mainland USA, usually from San Francisco and Los Angeles.
If you plan to visit other islands too check Hawaiian, Aloha and Go! Airlines that have similar routes, many flights per day and different prices, you will find incredible offers if you can book way in advance.
The Honolulu International airport is located 5km west of downtown Honolulu and 13km from Waikiki. It serves many flights per day because even if you fly to other islands you will fly to Honolulu first. Although the numerous flights, the airport looks kind of small and chaotic at the same time, we had to ask more than once were we will take our luggage, even the Info Point was before that point so we missed the chance of asking other things too! When we finally found our luggage claims we realized the open doors to the road and that anyone could have been there before us and just grab some of the luggage!
On our departure to LA the security check was very strict with issues like animal or seed transfers to mainland. We also lost two nice apples because of them, we just wanted to eat them :) As expected there are numerous shops, stands and restaurants. It’s partly open aired and there are some gardens between the terminals. A free shuttle runs between the terminals. There are no left luggage lockers.
If you are flying to the Hawaiian Islands your will likely stopover at the Honolulu Airport. While there are a limited number of airlines that fly directly from the mainland to Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, the majority of flights have a layover on Oahu. This is also true of most inter-island flights. Honolulu is the largest airport on the islands but it is still a small airport comparatively. This airport has a certain charm to it, being open-aired. Getting between terminals is easy. You can either walk, or take a ride on the inter-terminal shuttle. The great thing about this shuttle is that you don’t have to go through security again once you reach your new terminal. There are many shopping and dining options at the airport including many upscale shops. The dining options, unfortunately aren’t as exciting as the retail. I found the airport dining both overpriced and unappetizing so I would recommend getting a meal prior to arriving at the airport if you can.
As of this writing, the only way to get from Oahu to other Hawaiian Islands and back is by air, unless you book a cruise (which is a completely different category). There are currently three airlines that fly interisland: Aloha, Hawaiian and Mes's new upstart carrier go! (heah, that's how it's spelled). The arrival of go! has brought an interisland fare war that has been a boon for travelers, bringinf flights down to as low as $29 from the previous $90 standard (one-way). However, all of the airlines report that hey are losing a lot of money, so how long this lasts remains to be seen.
It may last until the next competitor arrives on the scene -- the Superferry going from Oahu to Kaua'i, Mau'i and Molokai. The Supeferry is a very controversial project, but as of now it is scheduled to start service in July 2007.
This is one of the prettiest airports to fly into. Make sure you check out the Gardens found centrally located between the terminals.
Be prepared to take the "Wiki Wiki" shuttle bus to the baggage claim area or if you want to walk a bit after your flight, just follwo the BIG signs that say "To Baggage Claim". It is a short walk really and if your are lucky the Trade Winds will be blowing which makes the air "soft".
There are free hula shows as well as:
Business Center/Postal Service
Hawaii is well served from the mainland by all of the major US airlines. Most of the flights arrive at Honolulu International Airport from where you can island hop in either Hawaiian airlines or Aloha Airlines. Many international flights also fly directly into Honolulu from various parts of the world.
Flights to Honolulu from the mainland US are quite expensive. There are not really many bargains to be found to Hawaii even with the recent downturn in air travel. For people flying from the East Coast to Hawaii, sometimes the direct ticket to Hawaii might be more expensive than getting two tickets such as one to a western city like Los Angeles or Seattle and then another ticket from LA or Seattle to Honolulu. Always make sure that you check all the options before booking the ticket as a few hours stopover might save you hundreds of dollars.
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