Hawaii’s interisland airlines have raised their fares and
changed their pricing structure, meaning clients will pay more for
the most popular flights as much as $200 roundtrip in some
Hawaiian and Aloha airlines have both introduced a three-tier
fare structure that bases prices on the number of seats available
rather than on how early a flight is booked. Both will charge an
unrestricted one-way fare of $85, a second-tier fare of $75, and a
lowest possible fare of $67, including fees and taxes. Previously,
the airlines charged a top rate of $78, a middle fare of $73, and a
lowest fare of $69.
Travel on flights to and from Lanai and Molokai, and on other
routes that involve two-segments, Hawaiian will apply a $15
surcharge, meaning a round-trip fare could hit $200. Aloha will not
apply a surcharge.
Because the lowest fare has dropped by $2, the changes could
mean slightly better prices for flexible travelers who can build
their itinerary around the cheapest available seats. But for
travelers who need to fly at specific times, the top rate will
likely represent an increase.
“With this new system, those who book earliest have the best
chance of getting the lowest fare, but our fares depend on the
demand for those flights,” said Aloha spokesman Stu Glauberman.
Fares have not changed on Aloha Island Air, which goes to
smaller Hawaii airports and already charges higher fares than its
parent airline Aloha.