If you’re traveling to Hawaii from the US mainland after October 1,2008 on Hawaiian Airlines and haven’t purchased your tickets, be prepared to pay $15 for your first checked bag. Inter-island flights are not affected by the new fees for the first checked bag – but for a second checked bag, Hawaiian already charges $17 on inter-island flights and $25 on flights from the mainland.
Hawaiian Airlines joins a rapidly growing list of airlines who are charging fees for checked luggage, limiting carry-on luggage, adding costs for “preferred seats” and exploring other ways to add to their bottom line while remaining “competitive” on price.
Finding the lowest airfares online is hard enough without having to check and compare each airline’s policy on fees for checked luggage and soft drinks. The situation is worse when you’ve already purchased your ticket and discover that a decent seat assignment – or even an advance seat assignment – will cost more.
Most airlines now add fees for meals, beverages, checked luggage, “preferred” seat assignments – everything they can think of to increase the overall cost of cheap international airfare. Before purchasing what looks like the lowest airfares online, consider the airline’s additional fees to find your best deal.