Maybe you've seen me mention it a couple of times, but sometime in spring of 2004, probably around March or April, I'm going tgo be taking a trip to Hawaii.
I've done alot of research into what airlines I can fly on to Hawaii, and options for connections to the islands, etc. I've got prices listed as well, and I don't want to pay more than $600 a ticket if i can avoid it. Which is fine, because most airlines don't charge quite that much for service into HNL. Service into the other islands...is another story. (If I flew direct to, say, Maui, I might remotely consider 650 but only as a last resort).
Anyway, I'm not here to ask about what the best prices are. I'm looking into that myself. What I'd like to know is:
Based on your experience, which airline would you recommend I fly on to Hawaii?
I plan on flying into Honolulu, and if the trip is long enough, I may fly to Maui as well. I'll be flying Aloha interisland, there's no question about that.
As far as flights to Hawaii from the Mainland, I have to consider that I'm based in SLC, so a connection in, say, MSP or DFW would not be good for me at all. To connect with a west coast gateway city, I'd probably fly Southwest, Delta, or America West, depending on price.
So with that in mind, here are my options:
Fly Aloha Airlines out of OAK, SNA, LAS, or BUR. Aloha offers the cheapest fares, but I'm not too sure about flying in a 73G for four hours over the ocean.
Fly ATA out of LAX or SFO. ATA's fares are quite good, but I've heard bad things about them, and that they don't serve food on transpacific flights.
Fly United out of LAX, DEN, or SFO, and also get the chance to fly on a 777! My flight would be a widebody, and I hear United's food service is good, but I've also hear they aren't too friendly. Your opinion?
Fly [font color=red]American[/font] [font color=blue]Airlines[/font] out of LAX, SFO, or SJC, and fly on a 767-300 to HNL, or a 757 to the other islands. I've heard similar things to United about American's service.
Fly Northwest out of SEA, and get my first chance to experience flying on a DC-10! I've heard Northwest's transpacific service is good, but heard complaints at their DC-10 cabins are poorly maintained. Your opinion?
Fly Delta out of LAX, SFO, or SLC. Fly on a 767-400, with possiblity of flying direct from SLC to HNL without any connections. I've never had a problem with Delta, despite some people's complaints, but I don't know what their transpacific service is like. Thoughts?
As a last resort, fly Hawaiian out of LAX, ONT, PDX, SAN, LAS, PHX, SEA, SMF, or SFO. I only say "last resort" because Hawaiian's ticket prices are outrageously high for their flights to Hawaii, but I hear that the reason is that they serve 100% gourmet food in all classes, prepared by a chef at a hotel in Hawaii. Worth the extra price? You tell me. All flights on a 763.
So, based on your experience, which of these airlines would you recommend? I could really use your help, as the only airlines I've ever been on have been SWA and Delta. And I'd like to have the most enjoyable flight possible to Hawaii. :)