So you’ve just bought tickets for your Hawaii vacation and believe you’ve found the best Hawaii travel deal possible. But soon thereafter, there’s a Hawaii airfare sale that further reduces the price on the same flights. What if anything can you do about it?
Here’s a review of the airlines flying to Hawaii and how they handle fare drops as of August 2012. Read each airline’s specific terms and conditions. Generally, these assurances are based only on the lower price being for the same flights, dates, fare class, booking code, and advance purchase requirements.
Starting in January 2012, new DOT rules allow passengers to be able to either hold a reservation without payment, or cancel a booking without penalty, for 24 hours after the reservation is made, if they make the reservation one week or more prior to a flight’s departure date. That is unfortunately not necessarily reflected on the airlines’ website as far as we could determine. Hat tip to Paul; see comment below.
Alaska Air price guarantee. A credit for the price difference is offered when the price drops after you purchase.
No credit or refund. On the other hand their fares are frequently the cheapest in the marketplace.
Best fare guarantee. Cancel your ticket or receive a credit for the difference plus $100 voucher within 24 hours of purchase only.
Change in fare. Receive a transportation credit less $40 if the same booking code is available at a lower cost after booking.
No credit or refund.
Refund policies. Lower fare refund voucher is available with a $150 administrative fee.