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Virgin America May Be Offering Flights to the Hawaiian Islands in 2013

 

Virgin America May Be Offering Flights to the Hawaiian Islands in 2013, alright. It’s always good for the consumer to see additional companies come into the market place. This helps us to lower the overall market rate to us, the ticket buyers. Right now, it will be flying from either LAX or SF.

Virgin America Airline May Be Offering Flights to the Hawaiian Islands in 2013While a Virgin America flight to Honolulu from the West Coast (Los Angeles or S.F.) has been said to be in the works for a while (“sometime next year” is the latest buzz among flight attendants), Virgin’s frequent fliers don’t have to wait that long for a free trip to the islands, courtesy of a new promotion with Hawaiian Airlines.

Today’s e-mail to members of Elevate, Virgin’s loyalty program, states that their points may now be used on Hawaiian Airlines flights for as few as 20,000 reward points, round trip, plus $5 in taxes and fees. That amount is good for San Francisco-Honolulu, round trip in coach, using the calculator; Kaua‘i, Maui and Hawai‘i Island destinations require 26,000 points plus $10.

Virgin America May Be Offering Flights to the Hawaiian Islands in 2013

Elevate points may also be used on Hawaiian’s trans-Pacific destinations, including Tokyo (Haneda), Osaka and Sapporo, Japan, and Incheon, Korea,  for 55,000 points and $59; Pago Pago, American Samoa, for 40,000 points and $25, and Papeete, French Polynesia, for 40,000 points and $6 (all amounts reflect round trips in coach from SFO.)  Any of Hawaiian’s 11 Mainland gateways are eligible for the Elevate promotion.

Flights to Hawai‘i, especially free ones using frequent-flier miles, are one of United Airlines’ few remaining advantages for San Francisco-based travelers over Virgin America, which has steadily been expanding service from SFO into the most popular business and leisure destinations.  For those wedded to United, let’s hope this increased competition — which includes Hawaiian’s nonstops to Maui from San Jose and Oakland and expanded service to Neighbor Islands on Alaskan Airlines, among other developments — leads to better service and more competitive airfares.

Virgin America May Be Offering Flights to the Hawaiian Islands in 2013 and they are an airline known for low ticket prices…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

 

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