Coming to Hawaii this summer, but don’t want to travel economy class on Hawaiian Airlines? You may be in luck — if you’re the highest bidder that is!
According to Travel Pulse, Hawaiian Airlines is the latest in a string of airlines offering upgrades to premium class via auction. It joines airlines, such as Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Quantas, and TAP Portugal who are already using the system to bring cheap upgrades to flyers.
Here’s how it works:
Bidding on upgrades
However, Travel Pulse reports that, although Hawaiian is expanding its international routes, the initial auctions will only cover flights between Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland. This means that you cannot bid on upgrades for flights to or from Japan or Australia to Hawaii, for example.
Things bidders should be aware of
If you choose to participate in the auction, buyer beware! Travel Pulse reports that there are a couple of major catches that you need to be aware of if you choose to participate in an auction:
Frustrated frequent fliers?
Travel Pulse also reports one more drawback: If you’re a Hawaiian Airlines frequent flier who usually travels in economy class, you may have less of a chance of getting a free upgrade to Hawaii because more business class seats will be reserved for auction. Selling upgrades in this way is good for the airline’s bottom line, but it could frustrate frequent fliers who have, until now, been able to use their status to request and occasionally receive free upgrades.
Bidding on upgrades may be a mixed-bag of advantages vs. disadvantages, but it seems the system is here to stay — at least for a while. In the meantime, you can always save when booking your flight through Hawaii Aloha Travel’s All-Inclusive Hawaii Vacation Packages. Your travel professional can help you understand the auction system and book the most affordable flight to Hawaii.
So, whether you bid on an upgrade or count your blessings in economy, a Hawaii vacation is a reward in itself. So, explore the auction, and see if it’s right for you!