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After my stay at the Andaz Maui at Wailea, it was time to leave Maui and head over to Honolulu.
For inter island flights, we decided to try out Hawaiian Airlines, which operates Boeing 717’s for their inter-island service.
The planes are equipped with 115 coach seats and 8 first class seats. For this short of flight, I decided on coach, which was under $60 for the one-way flight.
Our afternoon flight to Honolulu was right on time and boarding began about 25 minutes before departure. Both Maui and Honoulu feature outdoor airports so once you clear security, parts of the concourse are open air.
First class on the Boeing 717-200 featured 8 seats in a 2×2 configuration. For the short flight, I figured it wasn’t worth it to upgrade but they were selling upgrades when I checked-in online.
Interior of the Boeing 717-200
Overview of the cabin
Seats felt a little cramped but for 25 minutes wasn’t too bad.
In the economy cabin, the choices for drinks were either a plastic container of water or passion-orange guava juice
View of Maui after take off
View of our plane in Honolulu after arrival
When heading to Hawaii, it’s great to be able to island hop. Hawaiian Airlines offers dozens of flights a day between Maui and Honolulu so I’d encourage you to spend time on more than one island. During boarding, they did play Hawaiian boarding music.
Since the flight was only about 25 minutes, I was surprised there was any sort of drink service at all.
If you’re looking to redeem miles, Coach SuperSaver awards are 7,500 Hawaiian Miles each way. You can also redeem partner miles such as Delta SkyMiles or transfer miles from American Express Membership Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.
However for such a cheap flight, I’d rather save my miles and just pay for the inter island flights. Have you flown on Hawaiian Airlines inter-island before? What was your experience?
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