Hawaiian Airlines launching service to New York (plenty of award availability)!

This is rather exciting news. Hawaiian Airlines will be launching daily service between Honolulu and New York JFK starting June 4, 2012. For years only Continental has flown between Newark and Honolulu, and award space has been virtually non-existent. So it’s great to see another airline add service between the two cities.

Hawaiian Airlines’ service will be operated by an Airbus 330 with the following schedule:

Hawaiian Airlines 50 Honolulu to New York departing at 3:05PM and arriving at 6:55AM (+1 day)
Hawaiian Airlines 51 New York to Honolulu departing at 10:00AM and arriving at 3:00PM

There are a couple of awesome things to note about the service.

First of all, they’re running a fare sale for most of June whereby round trip tickets are running $445 all-in. That’s an amazing deal between New York and Honolulu in summer.

But here’s the really good news. Award availability on the route is excellent thus far. Admittedly Hawaiian’s first class product is closer to domestic first class than international business class (though they have 42 inches of pitch, which is fairly good), the convenience of a nonstop flight is unbeatable.

I see award space for almost every day, and keep in mind that they’re partners with American, so you should be able to book the space roundtrip for 35,000 miles in coach or 75,000 miles in first class.

You can look up the award space on Hawaiian’s website by signing up for a Hawaiian Miles account and then using their online search tool. If you see award space at their “saver” level (which is 20,000 miles one-way for coach or 40,000 miles one-way for first class), you should be able to book this via American as well.


(Tip of the hat to reader Mike)

Filed Under: Awards, Great Deals
  1. @ aussieflyer — Whoops, you’re right, thanks. I was looking at the date it started out of JFK, not HNL.

  2. can this be combined with one way stopover. say FCO-JFK(stopover)-HNL. or from asia HKG-JFK(stopover)- HNL

  3. That’s a great deal. Unfortunately, I just went to Hawaii.

    Lucky, how hard or easy is it to use Hawaiian points on Delta?

  4. How long is the flight since it’s nonstop? About 10 hours? My wife struggles being confined for that long, but everything else I’ve been finding is at least $1000 per person. Btw, flying PIT-HNL.

  5. Lucky. Any idea when these should be in AA’s system for redemption? I logged on to Hawaiian’s site to verify availability for my dates already. Just need to find a way to book.

  6. Lucky Said: “Admittedly Hawaiian’s first class product is closer to domestic first class than international business class”

    Last time I checked, Lucky, New York to Hawaii was a domestic trip. 🙂

  7. Got 2 Y award tix back in September on CO’s EWR-HNL for Thanksgiving day travel.

    Had to call to book PHX-HNL on HA with AA miles. The AAgent could not see one of the flights available on the HA website, so I had to book a different day than preferred. I tried 2 different agents and neither could see the 20k miles award available on HA.com on my preferred day.

  8. @Ralph You cannot book partner awards online with AA (except for AS flights as of less than a week ago). You must call and pay the $25 phone ticketing fee (waived for EXP).

  9. @lucky

    FCO-JFK-HNL would be fine but HKG-JFK-HNL would definitely not be allowed. MPM HKG-HNL is 6784 miles and HKG-JFK-HNL is 13055 miles. AA would limit you to 8480 miles on a partner award.

  10. Note that AA’s partner award chart requires 45k, not 35k, for a Y redemption on HA during peak seasons. Most of the summer is peak, as is about mid Dec to mid Jan.

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