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dhoffman Aug 27th, 2004 06:19 AM

Inter Island Flights
My wife read in a "Hawaii for $80.00 a day" books published by another travel company that you can get InterIsland flights for $75.00 each way. Realizing that when these books are written they are only a snapshot in time. Hawaiian Airlines prices range between $86.00 and $136.00 each way depending on when you fly from Honolulu to Maui. Help me resolve this disgreement between my wife and I. Are there less expensive flights between Honolulu and Maui.

This forum seems the best place to find up to date information. We will be in Honolulu from 09/14 to 09/16 and then onto Maui. Thank you for your replies.

JohnD Aug 27th, 2004 06:30 AM

Here is a link to an Aloha Airlines limited ((o))special coupon book, you can buy 5 one way tickets I think for $58 + shipping (~$68) with expedited delivery if you order in by 8/30. Again check link, I think total cost w/ expedited shipping is ~$340:
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metcarl Aug 27th, 2004 06:36 AM

I'm in the middle of planning my trip and just came across the same question. I believe that the coupon books do not exist anymore. However, Aloha Airlines is offering coupons for a limited time $59/coupon in books of 5 (about $63/ticket with taxes). Also you can join AlohaPass for free and get better rates - most fares were $69 each way (KOA to Lihue - $89). We are just going to use AlohaPass since you have to wait to make the reservations until you get the coupons in the mail which will take 3 weeks. You can pay $22 extra to have them sent in 2-3 days, but by that time the savings isn't that much of a difference. There are only limited seats on each plane for that class fare and we wanted to be a little flexible with our plans.

auntiemaria Aug 27th, 2004 03:15 PM

Metcarl is correct -- no more coupon books for frequent interisland flyers. :'(

Re: Aloha Airlines $58 fare
Be aware, those are for one-flight-only -- and all inter-island flights now transit through Honolulu.

So if you want to fly from Maui to Kaua`i, you'll hand over 2 tickets per person.

Hurry hurry if purchasing; offer expires at the end of August.

amelie Aug 28th, 2004 03:56 AM

136 each way sounds ridiculous. I'd have to look it up, but I'm almost positive ours was under 80 each way for Hawaiian Airlines.

auntiemaria Aug 28th, 2004 08:05 AM

Ridiculous indeed!

The gimmick with the Aloha Air coupon deal is, you don't have to book waaaaaaaaaay in advance to use them.

To get the cheapest fare on Hawaiian or Aloha now -- depending on when/where you want to fly -- booking 2-3 months in advance is required.

For example, if I want to fly from Kaua`i Maui in late September, Hawaiian is offering one-way per person airfare at $93.40 &quot;SuperSaver&quot; (early booking); $121.80 &quot;Saver&quot; (most flights still open); $142 &quot;Anytime&quot; (all flights currently open).

So that $58 coupon x 2 &quot;legs&quot; = $116 -- and I can use it anytime I want, as long as there's any seat open. If I decide on Friday to take a flight on Saturday, I only pay $116 instead of $142.

Small savings, but...

DawnCt Aug 28th, 2004 03:24 PM

If you can't use a book of 5 coupons, don't forget that AAA offers a 10% discount. Not a lot of money but $133 was fine for me.

dhoffman Sep 1st, 2004 07:12 AM

Thanks for all the advice. I booked our Interisland flights via the Internet on Aloha Airlines. The cost with taxes came to $83 per leg. The message you get when calling Aloha talked about a coupon book they were offering to celebrate their 58th anniversary. The offer expired 08/30. The coupons were good until 06/2005 and the cost for the 5 coupon book was $290 before taxes, etc. The Customer Service Rep I talked to on 08/31 said they had received many calls asking for this offer to be extended but he hadn't heard if they would.

bravjd Sep 1st, 2004 09:06 AM

You can get some savings by joining Aloha Airlines Aloha Pass. I just booked my interisland flight yesterday for $69, including taxes.

Mary2Go Sep 1st, 2004 01:53 PM

I don't know if this will be of any help but if you have any FF miles with Northwest you can get inter-island RT tickets for 5000 miles. I happened to have just over 5000 miles in my account and husband had about the same and we don't fly Northwest any longer so it was a great way to use the miles. Northwest is a partner with Hawaiian, not sure if anyone else is partner or not. We will just miss each other in Oahu...there from 9-18 until 9-22 then on to Maui as well! Have a good trip!

Patty Sep 1st, 2004 02:23 PM

United Airlines also has a 5000 mile award for an interisland roundtrip. I believe UA partners with Aloha Airlines. It's a great way to use up some orphan miles.

SRQRobin Sep 1st, 2004 06:28 PM

We used 5,000 Northwest miles each to get a RT flight on Hawaiian Airlines from Honolul to Hilo. One caution though, you will get a confirmation from Northwest but it is not &quot;firm&quot; until Hawaiian confirms it on their end, which apparently can take up to 24 hours per the rep we spoke to. I only found this out when I tried to print out my itinerary from the NWA website and wasn't able to locate the tickets with the record locater I'd been given-- plus noticed the miles in my husbands FF account hadn't been deducted either. When I called NWA, they told me sometimes Hawaiian Airlines won't confirm so it's always best to CHECK WITH NORTHWEST TO CONFIRM THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED AND TICKETED. We were able to get another flight, but had we not checked the next day on the original booking, we would have unknowingly thought we were confirmed and ticketed. Best to be safe and check. Have fun!!

here_today_gone2Maui Sep 1st, 2004 08:55 PM

You can get interisland flights for $75 on the smaller carriers. DH uses Hawaii Air Taxi and Mokulele between here and the BI for about $75 each way.

dhoffman Sep 2nd, 2004 11:32 AM

There are two web-site 'faces' to Aloha Airlines. I went to one website typing in the typical address setup and its main highlight was 10% off for Internet booking. Which I did several days ago ($344 for two RT tickets with tax). They were having trouble with the website so I didn't get an email confirmation. However, a call to the reservation folks confirmed my ticket. Two days later playing around with Google, I entered the search for Aloha Airlines and saw one site with a Burbank address. It had a different face and its main thrust was a $69.00 ticket with a Aloha Pass. When I called and asked Aloha Reservation, I asked the Specialist about this and he kind of laughed. Yes, there are two but you need to know how to find the second one. Rather than pick a fight and pay any cancellation charges, I just shrugged my sholders and moved on.

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