Hawaiian Pinch: Less Competition & Higher Fuel Costs

Tracy Stewart, May 20, 2008
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. Can you tell me why I'm seeing fewer fares to Honolulu all of a sudden? It used to be included pretty regularly as a destination & now I never see it.

    A. The demise of both Aloha Airlines and ATA means less competition and higher fares. Factor in the recent jump in fuel costs and the fact that Hawaii remains one of the most popular destinations in the US and -voila! - there's little reason for carriers to discount fares. Still, don't give up hope. Even if fares to Honolulu aren't as low as they once were, we continue to seek out and list the lower-than-average, such as Honolulu from Los Angeles for $380, from Kansas City for $652, and from Newark for $658, all round-trip.