Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Japan Airlines Reduces Honolulu Flights

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Due to the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake, Japan Airlines announced it is reducing flights to Hawaii from April 6th through the 24th due to fewer passengers flying here in the aftermath of the tsunami. JAL will have 14 weekly flights from Narita International Airport to Honolulu, instead of 21. Honolulu flights affected will be JL 75 from Honolulu to Narita and JL 76 from Narita to Honolulu.

Passengers holding reservation for the affected flights will be notified of the reservation and ticket handling procedure by Japan Airlines. If you have booked through a travel agent, please contact them directly.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Japan Airlines - New Checked Baggage Allowance

logo_jal.gif Japan Airlines (JAL) will be changing their checked baggage allowances for international flights beginning April 1st 2011. The new checked baggage policy for JAL International flights will be simplified to a “piece” system with an allowance for larger suitcases.

For economy class travel between Hawaii and Japan the new policy will allow two free checked bags, each no more than 50 pounds (23 kilograms). The total dimensions for each bag (length + width + height) must be no larger than 80 inches (203 centimeters).

See the JAL checked baggage page for more detailed information.

Click on the picture below to see a chart of the most common baggage allowances:

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Friday, February 18, 2011

JAL International Fare Fuel Surcharge from April to May 2011

logo_jal.gif Buy your tickets now! Japan Airlines announced today that the fuel surcharge for international flights between Hawaii and Japan will be doubling - from $64 per person one way to $127 per person one way - beginning April 1st 2011. This fuel surcharge will apply to all tickets issued between April 1st and May 31st 2011.

Tickets must be purchased before April 1st to avoid the increased fuel surcharge. With prices projected to continue rising into 2011, its likely that airlines will pass the costs along to the passengers, either through fare hikes or fuel surcharges.

See the Japan Airlines press release for more details.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hawaiian Airlines Direct to Osaka

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Hawaiian Airlines adds direct flights to Osaka.

Hawaiian Airlines announced that it will begin its second Honolulu-Japan flight when it begins daily nonstop service to Osaka in July.

The Osaka flight is the third new Asian route for Hawaiian in less than a year. Hawaiian began daily service to Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport in November and four-times-a-week service to Seoul in January.

Hawaiian’s Osaka service, which will begin July 12 from Honolulu and July 13 from Japan, will use a Boeing 767. Hawaiian Airlines plans to use one of its new Airbus A330-200s for Haneda service in April after the airline’s fourth Airbus is delivered during that month.

Delta Skymiles - For Ever and Ever

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Delta Air Lines Eliminates SkyMiles Mileage Expiration

Delta Air Lines announced it has eliminated the SkyMiles mileage expiration, effective for all accounts as of Jan. 1, 2011. This change makes Delta the only major U.S. carrier without mileage expiration. Previously, miles expired 24 months after a member’s last qualifying mileage activity, which required a member to earn or redeem miles within that period. For more information, visit www.delta.com/skymiles.