Ouch. Last week, the Federal Government gave Hawaiian Air an answer they didn’t want to hear. The application for the Hawaiian-Japan joint venture request was rejected.
When I wrote about Hawaiian’s new Main Cabin Basic fare, I wondered whether the fare class would come to inter-island routes. And, the answer to that, unfortunately, is yes. Main Cabin Basic is coming to inter-island flights too.
Hawaiian Air flight attendants are going to hold a strike vote next month. This comes amidst stalled contract negotiations at a time when Hawaiian can ill afford the disruption of a strike.
On the heels of Citibank’s massive cardholder benefits cut, I’ve learned that the Hawaiian Air World Elite Mastercard is losing benefits too. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized what’s really going on here.
On Monday, Hawaii’s largest carrier began offering a new class of service. No, this isn’t a new premium product. Rather, Hawaiian Airlines launched basic economy fares, which is just a bait-and-switch way of raising prices.
Last week, I compared the Southwest and Hawaiian experiences. But our experiences with the airlines are only part of the equation. So, let’s compare HawaiianMiles versus Rapid Rewards.