There appears to be no shortage of demand for Hawaii vacations. So today, bellwether Hawaiian Airlines announced it will increase flights from California and Seattle to Hawaii prior to the upcoming holidays. There is good news, because this announcement will spawn more airfare sales. And the not so good news is that Hawaii has big travel problems lurking for the upcoming holidays and beyond. Read on for all of those details.
The carrier said it is experiencing increased demand, as we have been saying is the case, and as a result they will add more flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The new flights essentially include a near-doubling of Seattle to Honolulu flights, Los Angeles to Maui flights, Los Angeles to Honolulu flights, and San Francisco to Honolulu flights.
At the present time, these flights are only scheduled to be increased from mid-November through early January. If the demand continues to be this high, however, it would not surprise us to see these extended indefinitely.
The flights between Seattle and Honolulu are using the airline’s wide-body A330 aircraft. Hawaiian will offer the remaining flights on its single-aisle Airbus A321neo.
The good news.
Competition on Hawaii flights at the holidays is already fierce. Just two days ago we posted Spend Christmas in Hawaii | Flights To 74% Off. With more flights will come more sales, which is great for those of you who are still hoping to spend the holidays in Hawaii.
The not so good news to be aware of.
There are shortages and other issues throughout the Hawaii travel industry that are far worse than normal. That includes availability of hotels, vacation rentals, and especially car rentals. Prices won’t be cheap, so the least expensive part of your Hawaii vacation is likely to be airfare.
First, there is also the possibility of TSA issues during the holidays. In a nutshell, here in Hawaii, TSA resources are stretched thin. Some 40% of TSA workers, including screeners (nationwide) remain unvaccinated and there is a November 22 mandate pending. There is the distinct possibility of problems with TSA workers at airports both here in Hawaii and at the mainland Hawaii gateways.
As mentioned previously, our tip is to expect and then check estimated TSA delays before traveling. That information is available via the My TSA mobile app.
Second, Hawaii restaurants are also troubled at this time. Issues include being capacity limited at 50%, at least for now. That could end soon, but the governor has not yet announced that. In addition, there are vaccination/testing requirements for indoor dining on both Oahu and Maui.
Hawaii car rental issues take the cake.
The prices are very high and the availability is low. For the holidays, we reported that Honolulu rates start from $971/week, Maui starts from $1237/week, Big Island starts from $1147/week and Kauai starts from $1149/week.
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