As a frequent HA
traveler, I can chime in....
Currently, it will be approximately $349 to upgrade for flights between US mainland destinations and HNL
for non-elite passengers.
For Pualani Platinum elite passengers which is the highest level, it is about $225. And, for Pualani Gold elite passengers, it is about $275.
All of the above upgrade rates are only available at check in at the counter or online (space available of course). You can get a confirmed upgrade, but I think it is about $600 one way per person (don't quote me on this though).
Whether or not these rates are worth the upgrade is personal preference. Speaking only for myself, it is not (and I fly HA
regularly and am a very loyal customer). The F cabin is pretty tight and the seats are standard business class seats with no lie flat...only leg and footrests. I get better legroom in their exit rows believe it or not.
The food in F class is excellent. However, HA
is now (or soon will be) the ONLY US carrier that offers a complimentary meal service that is very good for Y class. There is also an upgrade meal option which I honestly believes rivals F class food in other domestic carriers.
What I do is just get an exit row at check-in at the counter and go for the upgraded meal rather than pay the $275 to upgrade as I am a Pualani Gold member...oh and hope that HAL is flying the plane
[Edited 2010-05-10 22:50:18]