A320FO From Austria, joined Oct 2000, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2521 times:
I just recently took a trip to HNL out of SFO with United. Getting there was no problem, got a seat in E-Plus, as first was sold out.
The return trip wasn't as easy. Got onto the listing three days in advance and was told the flight was overbooked plus a double-digit number of standbys (was the same for all flights that day, with the next couple of days not looking much better). My luck was a bigger airplane on my requested flight (744 vs 763) so again, I got on.
Travel between the islands is easy, as both HA and AQ have almost half-hourly flights between Honolulu and Kahului. I only got bumped once to the next flight (it was on friday evening, though).
Coming in from the midwest I suggest flying through either SFO or LAX as they both have multiple departures a day, greatly raising your chances of being accepted
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2500 times:
NRSA to hawaii?? good luck!
UA employees in HNL have found it easier to fly UA's HNL - NRT flight to get to the states
One particular lady works the 1P Desk and is also a 1P with United, she said that she takes that flight "often" to get back to the states when she's not on a revenue ticket. She also said about 1/3 of the HNL Res center has Premiers working there (cause it's damned near impossible, so they get the miles instead of hearing "all standbys have been cleared!")
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1318 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2437 times:
HNL could very well be the most difficult nonrev destination. You could have trouble near the end of May because of Memorial Day weekend. Any flight that is booked or overbooked with paying passengers is not all that attractive to nonrevs.
SFO or LAX is good with the sheer numbers of flights to Hawaii, but they probably contain the bulk of the other standby passengers as well. Having 10 flights a day from LAX to HNL is not going to help when they are all going out full and they have double digit or triple digits numbers of nonrevs listed. The one thing you dont want to happen is to get there and then get bumped for a long time trying to get back.
I would check the loads from STL to OGG for that day and try to see how many people are listed for the flight about a week before the trip. Have several backup plans for getting home just in case you have trouble getting home. Have some money set aside for a possible extended stay in Hawaii. Also, I hope you are not travelling on a buddy pass. There have been many horror stories of people getting stranded for many days and being forced to buy a one way ticket to get off the islands.
DeltaAgent From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2362 times:
You may want to check with a charter type airline for a ticket from Hawaii to the mainland. My husband and I got one-way tickets with 2 days advance for $150 each on SunTrip from Honolulu to San Francisco. This was the Saturday after 9-11. That flight was pretty full also. It sure beat days of HNL standby.
Ripcordd From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1314 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2326 times:
what airline do you work for that makes a big differnce,...i was at the top of the stand by list for stl-maui and barley got on that was in feb i got first both ways but i was first on the stand by list...very difficult for a id-90 to hnl