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United Airlines Hawaii Flights Preempt Hawaiian Airlines

News today that United Airlines plans to get a competitive jump over Hawaiian Airlines with new flights to Hawaii that start this year. Their announcement is strategically positioned prior to Hawaiian Airlines’ 2018 service expansion.

This brings the number of United Airlines’ Hawaii flights to 40 each day. United will again offer the most service to Hawaii, and has flown to the islands since 1947.

In a press release entitled “Aloha to More Hawaii” earlier today, the company announced a significant increase in flights from California, Denver and Chicago.

“This combination of increased and enhanced service by United Airlines is fantastic news for Hawaii’s tourism industry, especially with the number of direct flights being added to Maui, Kauai and island of Hawaii.” –George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Beat of Hawaii: This is great news for competition on Hawaii flights which will result in significant downward pressure on pricing for the foreseeable future.

Hawaiian Airlines upcoming announcements.

Beat of Hawaii expects Hawaiian Airlines to announce new flights that may include both Denver and Chicago in the not distant future. Hawaiian Airlines will likely offer lie flat premium seating from Chicago (A330 aircraft), but not from Denver (A321 aircraft). In order not be be outdone, United announced 180 degree lie flat seating in premium on all direct Hawaii flights other than those from California.

United Airlines Hawaii flight changes.

Starting December 20, United will increase service from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Hawaii. The airline will continue operating its daily nonstop service to Honolulu from all seven domestic hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., plus Guam and Tokyo.

“As we celebrate our 70th anniversary in Hawaii this year, today’s announcement carries a very special significance for our customers…. Our customers have asked for more ways to get to Hawaii, and by adding these flights we are thrilled to make Hawaii more accessible than ever for our customers travelling from the Midwest, Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions.” — Jake Cefolia, United’s Sales VP.


Starting December 20, seasonal flights from Denver to Kona, Lihue and Maui will increase to daily year-round service. The airline will continue its year-round daily service from Denver to Honolulu.


United will continue daily service to Honolulu and will increase service to Maui to five times per week beginning December 20.

Los Angeles.

United will continue to operate five times daily service to Honolulu, and will increase service between LAX and Hilo, Kona, Maui and Lihue beginning December 20. Hilo service will be daily, Kona and Lihue will be twice daily, and Maui will be three times daily.

San Francisco.

United will continue to operate five times daily service to Honolulu, and will also now operate five times daily to Maui. Kona will increase to three times daily, and Lihue will increase to twice daily. Effective December 20.

27 thoughts on “United Airlines Hawaii Flights Preempt Hawaiian Airlines”

  1. Any chance any airline will ever fly from Ontario, Southern California to Honolulu ? There are millions of people out this end of the basin that would appreciate it, as it is a two hour trip from here to LAX

  2. My husband and I are traveling from Newark to Hawaii in November. Plan to fly into Maui and then go to Kailua and fly home from there. First time to Hawaii. What flight pricing should we expect? I am not familiar with this route. Thank you.

    1. Hi Annmarie.

      Assuming you mean first two weeks of November, then prices should start in $600’s RT with Honolulu nonstop up to $200 more. Currently $867 on United for nonstop in first half of November and that may not improve if that’s what you are looking for.

  3. Hi,

    I’m planning on booking from Oakland to Honolulu for Nov 2018 Thurs-Mon, when is a good time to book and what airline?

    Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi Karen.

      Don’t know if Southwest will be flying by then. Doubtful. So Alaska or Hawaiian. Book from mid summer. If however you are traveling 3rd/4th week of month, then entirely different, book now.


  4. I’m planning to book a one-way ticket from San Francisco to Honolulu on June 11 or 12, 2018. I’m wondering if I should purchase the $335 ticket now from United Airlines, or if I should wait until next month to make the purchase, in hopes of a lower rate. Do you anticipate that after SWA announces its flights to Hawaii, I will find a significantly cheaper one-way flight to Hawaii for mid-June? Is there a chance the price may go up if I wait another month to purchase? Or is $335 a pretty good value already, and I should just book now? Thank you for any advice you can give!

    1. Hi Julia.

      $330 today. We don’t expect Southwest by June – maybe by end of year. Price is quite good. Some chance of improvement and not likely to go higher. Your non-weekend dates help. Perhaps try waiting a bit.


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