Hawaii travel news today from two of the lesser yet still important airlines that fly to Hawaii. Route changes always have an impact on competitive pressures and pricing, so we try to keep a close watch on them and their likely ramifications.
Allegiant Air Hawaii Service Continues For Now
Allegiant Air’s summer to fall schedule through early November 2015 was just released and two Hawaii flights remain intact with unveiled pricing. Allegiant has far more ancillary fares than other carriers, including for use of the overhead bins, beverages, and seat assignments. This contrasts sharply with Hawaiian Airlines, for example, which even includes meals in their basic ticket pricing.
Whether Allegiant Hawaii service continues, however, is still a question in our minds. Most of the Hawaii markets that Allegiant attempted did not work out and only two routes remain. We would not be surprised to see Allegiant exit the Hawaii market entirely at some point in the not distant future.
Los Angeles to Honolulu flights will operate four days a week. Lowest prices offered at this time are $148 each way for spring and $185 each way for summer/fall. Those are the best prices, although rates vary widely depending on travel dates.
Las Vegas to Honolulu flights will operate three days a week. Lowest prices offered at this time are $139 each way for spring and $171 each way for summer/fall. Those are the best prices, although again rates vary widely depending on dates.
New Seattle to Kona on Delta Airlines
Beginning December 19, 2015, Delta will begin new daily nonstop service between Seattle and the Big Island.
This route is in direct competition with Alaska Airlines, Delta’s former partner. The result of this ongoing competition between the two airlines is price pressure on the Seattle, Portland and Salt Lake City to Hawaii markets. This will almost certainly result in better airfares ahead for those regions.