In an effort to counter ever-increasing, record-high fuel costs, Hawaiian Airlines will implement a $17 fee each way for checking a second piece of luggage on interisland flights. The new fee applies to tickets purchased on or after July 8 for travel on or after July 15. Customers will have the option to pay for the second bag fee online via Web Check-in, at Hawaiian’s airport kiosk check-in machines, or at the airport ticket counter when checking in. Customer checked-in luggage items exempt from the second bag fee are child car seats, carriers and strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes and other personal assistive devices.
“Unfortunately, the impact of fuel prices on our operating expenses is forcing us to assess an additional fee for checking more than one bag,” said Keoni Wagner, Hawaiian’s vice president of public affairs. “We want to encourage our customers to travel lighter as we do everything we can to reduce fuel use.”
Customers of Hawaiian exempt from paying the second bag fee are:
* HawaiianMiles Pualani Platinum, Gold and Premier Club members
* Corporate and Affiliate members
* Customers traveling in First Class
* Customers traveling on military and government fares
* Customers flying on the same reservation as someone with exempt status (except for group bookings of 10 or more passengers)