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)