The best economy class to Hawaii

What is the best economy class airline to Hawaii?

We just ranked the six domestic airlines that fly to Hawaii. We only dealt with Economy Class and its comparison.

Deciding which airline to fly economy to Hawaii is complicated, with many variables. This includes your origin and destination, narrow-body vs. wide-body, airfare, incidentals, group/family size, frequent flyer loyalty and lounge access. Below is our list of the best picks for 2022, ordered from best to worst. We reviewed the economy class experience on the plane and didn’t consider things like customer service, check-in experience, baggage claim, etc. We mentioned whether a true premium economy cabin and extra legroom seats were available, but we didn’t. Don’t rank these features as they require an additional fee.

Alaska Airlines flights to Hawaii

Alaska Airlines flies non-stop to four Hawaiian Islands from the seven mainland gateways listed below. They offer a solid narrow body offering from a reliable Hawaii focused airline. Generally consistent and above average product and service. They have excelled in direct flights to islands neighboring California and the Pacific Northwest.

  • National Rating CNBC/PointsGuy 2022: #5.
  • BOH 2022 Hawaii Ranking: #2 – tied with Delta Airlines.

Hawaii Gateway Cities include Anchorage (suspended), Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.

The aircraft and economy seating configuration is 3 × 3 in their soon to be all Boeing 737 fleet. Economy seat pitch is listed as 31-32 inches. Economy extra legroom seats offer 4 inches more legroom.

Meal.

Food is not provided in the economy. However, universally popular options can be purchased on board or in advance. Free alcoholic beverages are included in Premium, but the food is nothing more than a snack.

In-flight entertainment.

Alaska doesn’t offer seatback entertainment, which is becoming the industry norm on narrow-body aircraft. Streaming movies and TV are accessed on your personal device.

WiFi on board.

Almost all of Alaska’s Hawaiian fleet is now equipped with satellite WiFi, which is available to purchase for $8.

Controlled Pockets.

$30 for the first bag and $40 for the second bag.

American Airlines flights to Hawaii.

American flies ten routes to four islands in Hawaii. The product is generally lackluster but shows signs of improvement such as B. the “flagship flights”. It is a mix of narrow body and wide body flights.

  • National Rating CNBC/PointsGuy 2022: 4th place.
  • BOH 2022 Hawaii Rankings: #4.
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Flagship and non-flagship flights. American has three Hawaii itineraries, called “flagship flights,” with complimentary meals in all classes, seatback entertainment and a true premium economy cabin. Economy seat pitch varies from 31 to 32 inches, but is larger on some aircraft. Preferred seating with extra legroom offers 3-6″ more. Premium Economy, where available, will be listed as 38″.

Non-stop “flagship” gateway cities are Dallas and Phoenix (some flights). Other flagship flying cities currently suspended are Charlotte and Chicago.

American Airlines’ remaining Hawaii flights from Los Angeles and Phoenix (some flights) are their non-premium offering, including food for purchase. Most will use Airbus A321neo aircraft with no seat back entertainment and no berth in the store. A321 has a 3×3 seating configuration.

Meal.

Snacks are included in Economy Class and groceries can be purchased on board. Premium Economy (flagship service) includes complimentary alcoholic beverages and food.

In-flight entertainment.

American offers seatback entertainment on most wide-body flagship flights, but not on most narrow-body aircraft, where movie and TV streaming can be accessed on your personal device.

WiFi on board.

American says that “Wi-Fi is now available on nearly all of our US flights.” WiFi is available for purchase at USD 14 per day. SMS is free.

Controlled Pockets.

$30 for the first bag and $40 for the second bag.

Delta Airlines flights to Hawaii.

Delta is offering 19 non-stop flights from nine mainland gateways to four islands this winter. Use of a variety of wide and narrow body aircraft with different seating configurations.

  • CNBC/PointsGuy 2022 National Rating: 2nd place.
  • BOH Ranking 2022: 2nd place – tied with Alaska Airlines.

Economy pitch varies between 30 inches and 32 inches. Extra legroom seats offer 3 inches more legroom than Standard Economy, while Premium Economy is 38 inches.

Nonstop gateway cities include Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Atlanta to Maui, New York to Honolulu, and Salt Lake to Maui flights currently offer Delta Comfort+ Premium Economy cabins.

Meal.

Delta Economy Class offers complimentary snacks only. Groceries can be bought. Extra legroom seats offer premium snacks, while Delta’s Premium Economy includes complimentary meals and alcoholic beverages.

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In-flight entertainment.

Delta offers inflight entertainment, including live TV, either with a seatback or through your own device, depending on the aircraft. Seatback to Hawaii can be found on A330, A350, 737-800, 737-900, 757 and 767.

WiFi on board.

Delta WiFi is available on an all-day plan. The WiFi pass costs $19. SMS is free.

Controlled Pockets.

$30 for the first bag and $40 for the second bag.

Hawaiian Airlines flights to Hawaii.

Hawaii flies non-stop widebody and narrowbody flights from fifteen mainland gateways to four islands. The airline has a unique brand and product that exudes Hawaii the moment you step on board. That, even if it is sometimes contradictory. Read our report on Hawaiian Airlines’ widebody aircraft.

  • National Rating CNBC/PointsGuy 2022: #6.
  • 2022 BOH Ranking: #1 – tied with Southwest.

Economy seat pitch is 31 inches on the A330 and 30 inches on the A321. Economy seats with extra legroom offer 36 inches and 35 inches respectively.

Nonstop Gateway Cities include Austin, Boston, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.

Meal.

Hawaiian Economy Class offers complimentary meals (which are more appropriately described as snacks). No groceries can be bought. Complimentary wine is available with meals.

In-flight entertainment.

Hawaiian offers inflight entertainment, either seat backed (A330 Wide-Body) or via your own device on A321.

WiFi on board.

Currently unavailable. Free WiFi is to be provided on all flights to and from the mainland in 2023.

Controlled Pockets.

$30 for the first bag and $40 for the second bag.

Southwest Airlines flights to Hawaii

Southwest flies all 737 flights to Hawaii from eight US mainland gateways and offers their unique and quirky economy product we wrote about. It’s a solid brand and offering with a large following. While not Hawaiian at all, they do what they do well and the Standard Economy comfort level is the best we’ve found.

  • CNBC/PointsGuy 2022 National Rating: 2nd place.
  • BOH Ranking 2022: #1 – tied with Hawaiian.
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Economy seat pitch on board the entire Boeing 737 fleet is 32 inches.

Gateway cities include Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego and San Jose.

Meal.

Southwest offers free snacks. There is no food to buy.

In-flight entertainment.

Entertainment is offered via streaming to personal devices.

WiFi on board.

WiFi is available on all flights for a fee of $8.

Controlled Pockets.

Two pieces of luggage per passenger are included in the price.

United Airlines flights to Hawaii

United Airlines flies to Hawaii from seven mainland US gateways. They still carry the most passengers to the islands annually of any airline. They have a popular product, especially with the many members of the frequent flyer program. A United fleet improvement program will now add hundreds of new aircraft.

They offer standard economy, extended legroom (Economy Plus) and true premium economy (Premium Plus). Economy seat pitch is generally 30 inches to 31 inches. Extra legroom seats offer up to 6 inches more legroom, while premium economy seats offer 7 inches more legroom.

Gateway cities include Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Washington.

Meal.

United Economy Class offers free snacks or free meals depending on the flight. West Coast flights offer snack bags. Flights to Denver and Houston may offer either sandwiches and/or snacks. East Coast and Midwest flights complement meals. Groceries can also be bought. Premium Economy offers full meals on all flights.

In-flight entertainment.

Seatback entertainment is available on some but not all flights, depending on the aircraft. Otherwise, streaming to personal devices is available.

WiFi on board.

WiFi is available on select aircraft. Boeing 757, 767, 777 and 787. Boeing 737 does not have WiFi to Hawaii.

Controlled Pockets.

$30 for the first bag and $40 for the second bag.

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