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Hawaiian Reveals New A321neo Interiors

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For as long as I can remember, Hawaiian has been operating widebody aircraft between Hawaii and the mainland. Thy operate a combination of Airbus A330 and Boeing 767 aircraft. In late 2015 they even introduced a new fully flat first class product, which Tiffany reviewed last year.

Well, Hawaiian will be taking delivery of 18 A321neo aircraft between the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2020, which will be operating many of their flights between the west coast and Hawaii.

The A321neo is an updated version of the A321, with updated engines that make it more fuel efficient and give it a longer range. Hawaiian has just revealed the interiors for these new plans, and later this year they’ll reveal the routes on which these planes will be operated.

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Hawaiian Flight Turns Back To Hawaii More Than Halfway To The Mainland

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I hadn’t heard about this story before, though reader Ari2244 made a post about it in the “Ask Lucky” forum:

“I was on the flight in this article below. We were almost to California when they turned us around. Do you think they should have landed in California instead of turning us around? It tacked on about 9 hours to our trip and they haven’t offered us compensation, should we expect something?”

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Hawaiian Airlines Clarifies Why They Weighed Passengers Traveling To American Samoa

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Earlier I wrote about the story that Hawaiian Airlines was supposedly weighing passengers traveling on their flight between Honolulu and Pago Pago in American Samoa. It was being claimed that this was due to the weight & balance issues caused by passengers on the route being heavier than average. Some passengers didn’t like the concept, and some have even filed complaints with the Department of Transportation, claiming this is a bogus practice from Hawaiian Airlines.

Well, a Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson has reached out to provide the following explanation of what has been going on with their Pago Pago flight, and it’s an interesting read. Here’s the statement, in its entirety:

We will not be weighing passengers at any point during the check-in or boarding process.

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Here’s Why Hawaiian Is Weighing Passengers Before Boarding A Boeing 767

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If you’ve taken enough flights on regional jets or props, you may have dealt with a case of “weight and balance,” where passengers had to be reseated to balance out the weight on the plane. Typically this doesn’t involve actually weighing passengers, but rather they’re just using weight averages and then making sure passengers are equally distributed throughout the plane.

However, if you’re on a small enough plane you may have dealt with a case where they actually do outright weigh passengers. Samoa Air, for example, charges passengers by the kilo. They claim it’s the fairest system in the world, and they’re quite proud of it. Admittedly they only operate a fleet of small props, so weight really is the limiting factor for those kinds of planes.

Well, American Samoa is once again making headlines for passengers and their weight, though this time around it has nothing to do with their own Samoa Air.

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Hawaiian Is “Looking Seriously” Into Ordering The A380?!?

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Bloomberg ran an interesting article yesterday about Hawaiian Airlines, and specifically about how they’re considering the A380 and how they eventually want to expand to London.

Well, there’s no denying that A380s could probably be had for pretty cheap at this point. Not only is Airbus slowing down production, but Singapore Airlines will be returning their first A380 to their leaser next year, as they’ve decided not to keep the plane. While cash strapped airlines like Malaysia have been trying to offload them, this is a pretty big blow for Airbus.

So is there room for Hawaiian to add the plane to their fleet? The airline’s CEO claims that they’re “looking seriously” at whether the plane may have a role to play in their network:

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First Look: New Hawaiian Airlines Lie-Flat Premium Cabin

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Aloha from Maui!

I flew here in Hawaiian Airlines’ new A330 Business/First cabin. I’ll have a full review eventually, but I wanted to share some initial photos, and my thoughts on this very unique cabin.

Oh my gosh, the cabin is stunning!

From the wavy backs of the seat consoles to the mood-lighting, to the hints of blue — the design concept is a delicious nod to Mid-Century Hawaiian modernism, but without being overpowering.

Most importantly for the Hawaii market, the cabin is fun!

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Convert Amex Points To Hawaiian With A 25% Bonus

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The US Amex Membership Rewards program is offering a 25% transfer bonus to HawaiianMiles through June 21, 2016. These are points earned with cards like the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card and Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.

The bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, meaning the bonus posts instantly and you can earn it as often as you’d like — 1,000 Membership Rewards points convert into 1,250 HawaiianMiles.

It has been a while since we’ve seen a transfer bonus from American Express to HawaiianMiles. The last bonus was in December 2015 for 25%, and prior to that in June 2014 and June 2013 for 20%.

Overall HawaiianMiles isn’t a very lucrative frequent flyer program, unfortunately, so there are few circumstances under which this represents a good value.

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Hawaiian Airlines Installing Fully Flat First Class Seats

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Hawaiian has a unique market position as an airline, both geographically and in terms of their competitive scene:

— They’re the only major airline based in Hawaii, so while they have competition from both US and Asian airlines, they’re the only one with a comprehensive route network to/from Hawaii
— They operate flights both to the US mainland, as well as international destinations, though they do nothing to differentiate the products by market — in other words, they fly the same planes to New York as to Sydney

As a result, Hawaiian has long had a hybrid first class product. Their A330 is their flagship plane, and they fly it to most of their international destinations, as well as many of their destinations in the continental US.

The plane features 18 recliner first class seats, spread across three rows in a 2-2-2 configuration. They feature 45 inches of pitch, so in terms of quality are sort of between international business class and domestic first class.

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Hawaiian Airlines’ Cute New Safety Video

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I’ve yet to fly Hawaiian Airlines, though they’ve always struck me as one of the US airlines with the most local “flair.”

They’ve just released their newest safety video. While it’s not as over the top as Air New Zealand’s safety video, or as funny as Delta’s safety video, I think it strikes a great balance. It’s attention-grabbing and builds on the brand, without being distracting.

Here’s the video:

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Redeeming American Miles On Hawaiian Will Get More Restrictive

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One of the great things about American is that they don’t just partner with oneworld airlines, but they have partnerships with almost a dozen non-oneworld airlines as well, ranging from Alaska to Air Tahiti Nui to Etihad. That presents some great earning and redemption opportunities, given that many of these airlines are quite generous about making award space available.

American has a partnership with Hawaiian, whereby you can both earn and redeem AAdvantage miles for travel on Hawaiian. They’re quite good about releasing award space on their continental US to Hawaii flights, especially to secondary markets.

They have an interesting route network, as they fly to the US mainland, inter-island, and also to quite a few non-US destinations in the Pacific. They operate most of their longer routes with Airbus A330s or Boeing 767s, all of which feature recliner seats in first class. They’re more comfortable than standard domestic first class seats, while they’re less comfortable than modern day international business class seats.

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American AAdvantage Hawaiian Airlines Award Rule Change

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American AAdvantage has many airline partners, both in oneworld and not in oneworld. One of the nice things is that as long as the other award rules are met, you can generally mix and match airlines on a single award as much as your heart desires.

There are of course some restrictions, and per JonNYC at TravelingBetter, it looks like American has added a restriction for AAdvantage awards on Hawaiian Airlines:

“Itineraries to/from Central, South America or Transatlantic that include Hawaiian Airlines (HA)will not price as one award and are only valid if multiple award(s) are claimed.”

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Hawaiian Airlines Business Card Spend Threshold Bonus Worth It?

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Hawaiian Airlines has offered some reasonably lucrative co-branded credit cards over the years. Up until last year their co-branded credit cards were primarily issued by Bank of America, and then overnight the cards disappeared. Then this year the cards reappeared, except now they’re issued by Barclaycard.

The cards offer fairly lucrative sign-up bonuses of 35,000 miles. The personal card offers the bonus after spending $1,000 within 90 days, while the business card offers the bonus after the first purchase. The annual fee on each card is $89, and isn’t waived for the first year.

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