Hawaiian Airlines launches neighbor island travel packages

Hawaiian's new travel plan
Hawaiian's new travel plan
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's not a flat kama'aina rate but more of a buy in bulk plan. After a year of research Hawaiian Airlines has started its new inter-island pricing system.  But before you go buying up trips you should do the math as the new deals come with strings attached.

The four neighbor island travel packages include the Freedom Plan which includes 60 one way trips with few restrictions at $76 per flight for a total of $4,588.

The Work and Play Plan has 24 one way flights but you need three day advance booking and there's a blackout period between 11 am to 2 pm. Those flights are $69 each for a total of $1,648.

The Visit and Explore Plan includes 8 roundtrips with 7 day advance booking. It has the same blackout time between 11 and 2 and you need to stay two nights or Saturday night. That cost is $67 each way for a total of $1,078.

And the My Favorite Island package is 4 roundtrips but it's only between two airports and you need to book 14 days ahead.  There's the same blackout between 11 and 2 and you must stay four nights or a Saturday night. That cost is $64 each for $512 total.

Without using one of these packages the lowest online price for a one way fare is $74.

"We did a lot of research into the behavior of our customers what we think they would value the most," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO. "Finding a way of helping our friends and neighbors, the people in the community is really important and exciting for all of us."

There is some fine print.  The flights must be used within a year.  They are not transferable from person to person. Children under 12 do not qualify for the fares.  The federal segment fee of $3.70 and the TSA security fee of $2.50 are still added on. The baggage fees also still apply.

"It's very different from the plans of the past. It has its own features and characteristics," said Dunkerley.

"To have something back that we can count on, no matter what they're calling it, I'm all for it and happy," said Jackie Ohata, Hawaiian Airlines passenger.

"It will save me about $5,000 to $6,000 a year so I'm pretty excited about that," said Carey Tanaka, Hawaiian Airlines passenger.

"I think it's a great idea especially for commuters and people who live on neighbor islands and travel often," said Mary Westman, Hawaiian Airlines passenger.

"I'd rather just make my own reservations so I'm not going to use that. When it gets too complicated I'm not good," said Mary Sanford, Hawaiian Airlines passenger.

If you'd like to learn more about the travel plans click here.

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