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Hawaiian Air boosts interisland bag fees for non-frequent fliers

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 06:04 p.m. HST, Feb 28, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines is increasing its interisland checked-bag fees for non-HawaiianMiles members by 47 percent to more than double the current level.

Non-HawaiianMiles members will see their fees increased to $25, from $17, on a first checked bag and more than double to $35, from $17, on a second checked bag.

The changes will be in effect for tickets purchased on or after March 10, Hawaiian said Friday.

Hawaiian said its first checked baggage fee for its frequent flier members will be lowered to $15, from $17. But the fee for a second checked bag will increase to $20, from $17.

The state's largest carrier also is increasing fees, regardless of frequent flier membership, on bags that are too heavy or oversized. Excess weight fees for bags from 51 to 70 pounds will go to $35, from $25, and for bags from 71 to 100 pounds will go to $70, from $50. For oversized bags, the fee will go to $35, from $25. Those fees also will go into effect for tickets issued on or after March 10.

Hawaiian generated $67.8 million from baggage fees in 2012 and through the first nine months of 2013 brought in $53.4 million, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The airline's first and second checked-bag fees for North America travel will remain at $25 and $35, respectively. There will continue to be no fee for the first two checked bags for international travel.

Hawaiian's fees also will apply to its new turboprop operation, 'Ohana by Hawaiian, which will launch service to Molokai on March 11 and Lanai on March 18.

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vapors wrote:
IS THAT WHAT THE EXCUSE IS THIS TIME????? NOW THEY CHARGE FOR "EXTRA ROOM" SEATING. WHAT NEXT? OH, OH, OH, ME, ME, ME....I KNOW! $2.00 for the POG that was once "FREE" and $1.50 for that small little itty bitty sippy cup of water. Extra charge for the straw if you want one and a napkin. Better go withdraw money before you board one of them flights at your "NEW" charge card company, barclaycards by BOH! I find it so fascinating that I can get a OW ticket from California to Hawaii for the same price on an inter-island ticket when the "CHEAP" seats run out. M*O*N*O*P*O*L*Y
on February 28,2014 | 02:41PM
copperwire9 wrote:
The excuse is "because we can." Kinda sucks, doesn't it?
on February 28,2014 | 07:27PM
gsc wrote:
I Blame GO Airlines for Bankrupting Aloha Airlines....
on February 28,2014 | 02:55PM
twitter6 wrote:
Pure greed by HAL. There is absolutely no competition. Ellison should build up his airlines and go head to head with HAL. HAL has become too greedy and confident over the past years. Ridiculous to charge more to Vegas vs. New York. HAL should be ashamed. They need to tread water carefully and not to bite the hand that feeds them. Stop ripping off your biggest supporter - the local community.
on February 28,2014 | 03:51PM
Barefootie wrote:
sory but that WAS due to bad management by Aloha Airlines; it would have taken longer, but Go airlines just sped up the process by a couple of years.
on February 28,2014 | 09:47PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Greedy buggahs. They making plenty money and keep taking more and more and more.
on February 28,2014 | 02:56PM
scuddrunner wrote:
Hawaiian airlines has the most uncomfortable seats I have ever flown in. The plane I flew in was a 767. Hawaiian is about the almighty dollar and they don't put the money back into the airplanes. So many airlines fly from the mainland to Hawaii passengers have a choice. I personally I like Alaska. Nice leather seats and nice attendants and the pilots and aircraft are top of the line. What would happen if a Hawaiian had to divert to Alaska in the winter? What experiance do HAL pilots have in nasty weather? Alaska pilots fly in the bad weather all the time and the aircraft have the the best of the best navigation systems.
on February 28,2014 | 02:58PM
Wazdat wrote:
Great way to RIP OFF the tourists who probably would NEVER sign up for a FF program on a airline that they may use once or twice in their lifetime. Bad move Hawaiian, no more aloha...
on February 28,2014 | 03:19PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
on February 28,2014 | 03:24PM
usahwn wrote:
Is this legal ? There must be some regulations on arbitrary gouging practices. and on top of this brag in publishing how much they made plus more on changing flights. Don't bite the hand that feeds you and keep grabbing for more please.
on February 28,2014 | 03:27PM
AuntyM wrote:
OMG !! Hawaiian Airlines shame on you !!! If you are trying to get more flights to Hawaii... this is not the way to do it :{ You have been so good to be the only airlines to offer a meal from the Continental US to Hawaii ... that is why my family and I have only used HA to fly home... now maybe we have to look at other airlines ...
on February 28,2014 | 03:36PM
visitor wrote:
This is what happens when you have a monopoly. Their new charge card is a ripoff too, but hundreds of thousands are "stuck." I don't understand why they continue to have no ALOHA...especially for the locals.
on February 28,2014 | 03:36PM
twitter6 wrote:
Amen. We can only hope that karma will bring some balance to the airlines industry. Bring back Aloha airlines
on February 28,2014 | 03:53PM
kiragirl wrote:
Boycott for a week. Nobody flies.
on February 28,2014 | 06:15PM
false wrote:
Faithful Hawaiian Miles members recently got notices that their annual fees will be going up without any appreciable reward for their loyalty. Meanwhile, they are trying to entice new members with introductory rewards. Doesn't make any sense since you have now angered a lot of old time customers who will now be canceling your credit card. Poor management. FYI, I will be using my Costco American Express card for purchases from now on. Forget about the Hawaiian Miles program and ever flying on Hawaiian Airlines.
on February 28,2014 | 04:25PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Gouging the public.
on February 28,2014 | 06:07PM
safari wrote:
Just a matter of time......All good things.................
on February 28,2014 | 07:08PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Hawaiian has to raise its baggage and other fees to make up for the terrible losses it occurred on its soon to be discontinued Fukuoka route and its already discontinued Manila route. HAL incurred some heavy debt when it purchased 12 Airbuses for its ambitious expansion plans which do not seem to be working out too well. HAL has to pay for the aircraft somehow and increasing fees is its hoped for way of doing it before flying into bankruptcy court.
on February 28,2014 | 07:31PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Ronin.....I'm with ya brah but come on. $67 million in baggage fees won't even buy an Airbus wing. Prediction: Sendai is next.
on February 28,2014 | 07:48PM
Anonymous wrote:
Please please please southwest airlines come help us
on February 28,2014 | 07:56PM
jimbone wrote:
Exactly, hurry southwest , we need you .
on February 28,2014 | 08:40PM
nitpikker wrote:
i dunno. not after seeing what kind of id**ts fly on southwest! lol! (they may decide to fly here)
on February 28,2014 | 09:30PM
Barefootie wrote:
Really? Raising the already expensive baggage fee, for non members? What's the excuse this time, Dunkerly not happy enough with his salary and now wants a gold plate toilet? Sorry but this is just another naked grab at profits, without the excuse of 'rising fuel costs' or some other BS reason for doing what they are doing to the people of the State of Hawaii! Just another reason why, I don't fly inter-island any more, easier to get anywhere by canoe and sail! btw, Thanks again to the fools in the Legislature, who sank the 'Super Ferry Program' that would have made this price gouging, less of a burden to bear!
on February 28,2014 | 09:45PM
RYMATS wrote:
This is really 'pilau' and a stab in he back to all the people that loyally uses Hawaiian Airlines for all their travels. I guess there is no such thing as 'enough' to the greedy execs of Hawaiian A/L. In time, the Hawaii people will be looking for an accepting another airline competitor and HAL will invite their own demise.
on March 1,2014 | 01:41PM
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