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User currently offlineAdmluvs2fly From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 170 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2715 times:

does anybody nonrev to hnl and if so who do you use and from where? I'm trying to go end of may. I'm thiking of flying on AA from STL. to maui that is. What i'm really trying to do is go to maui.

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User currently offlineA320FO From Austria, joined Oct 2000, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2654 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

It was a great vacation, so enjoy it


User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2633 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  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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!")

I wish you luck my friend!


User currently offlineAdmluvs2fly From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2596 times:

any body have anyother ideas?

User currently offlineUSFlyer MSP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2573 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

I usually take HA from the West Coast. I've never had a problem, its especially easy during the summer.


User currently offlineAdmluvs2fly From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

Thank you for the info. But what do you think of flying on AA from STL non stop to maui.

User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2570 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.

User currently offlineDeltaAgent From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2495 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.

Delta Agent  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

Jeez, being stuck in Hawaii, that must suck!!!!

User currently offlineCo/ba From United States of America, joined May 2001, 399 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

Continental thru IAH. 2 direct and 1 with a stop in LAX all 767-400.

User currently offlineRipcordd From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1323 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2459 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

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