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Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines
Overall Satisfaction Rating 2.44/5
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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: March 7, 2021

I had an incredibly frustrating experience today with Hawaiian, and I’m not sure I ever want to fly with them again. Today, I was supposed to travel with a group of 5 friends from OGG -> LIH. I had checked in prior to arriving at the airport. When we arrived, 40 minutes prior to departure, prior to cut-off time listed at your website (, I went to go check in my bag. I waited in line check my bag, and was re-directed to go to the kiosk to print a bag tag.

The first kiosk I went to started reading my passport but then appeared to crash. I waited a few minutes for it to respond, then gave up and went to a second kiosk. The second kiosk accepted my passport, but then it gave me an error which re-directed me to the departure agent. Again, I waited in line for the departure agent. Once I got to the departure agent, she told me I was in the wrong line and directed me to go wait in a different line. So I went to go wait in the other line. By the time I got back up to the departure agent again, I was told that I was too late and could not check in anymore and would be pushed to another flight. She told me if I got to the gate, the gate agent may be able to get me on the earlier flight.

What made this incredibly more frustrating, was that two of my friends on the same flight were also checking their bags. They were literally putting their bags on the conveyor while the departure agent was telling me that they couldn’t check my bag. I was able to get through security quickly and the flight wasn’t even halfway boarded yet. I was told I couldn’t fly on that flight, saying I had checked in too late, despite literally showing the gate agent the ticket I had when I checked in online on my phone. I ended up waiting with my friends for 10 minutes before they departed on the flight that I was supposed to be on.

As a result, I got split up with my group and was put on a later flight. This later flight was then delayed an hour and a half. This caused me to miss my connecting flight from HNL -> LIH. The guest services agent here was able to book me on standby for a flight later today, but was unable to help me in any other way, not even something small like complimentary access to the lounge. So now I’m stuck at HNL writing up this experience while I wait for my flight to LIH. Being on standby, I’m not even sure I will be able to make it to LIH tonight.

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Rated with 1 star
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Original review: March 4, 2021

Showed up to Maui and they wouldn't let me and my husband leave bc the Hilo airport assured us the testing would be sufficient and it wasn't. Couldn't leave the airport, scammed us out of an additional $300 each to fly round trip back to Honolulu to get tested. The attendants were beyond rude and the whole thing seemed like a big joke to them. One in particular testing agent went out of her way to make our blood boil. She literally laughed in our face and told us to go home. Terrible, terrible experience. Ashamed they got any of my hard earned money.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 23, 2021

    Terrible "attendants"... wow how do they became attendants? Don’t the company educate the attendants' service manners? I was shocked that how they were so loud (voice) and rude, unkind, angry, no etiquette people that I have ever dealt with! They don’t ask you with nice words... instead, They looked down on you and order you what to do it. Also They don’t quietly or gently request to you ... instead, they shout at you with loud voice even a little child is listening right next to you. How rude and how unpleasant experience We had! We loved the whole trip and this coming back home airline experience really ruined our mood...

    I am telling you, If this airline wants to be survived in business, they should fire those terrible attendants who can not be changed in personality. Rehire new attendants who are willing to learn and practice airline service education and manners with real Hawaiian kind positive spirit. Because of this poor experience, Our whole family and in law families decided we will never take that airline again.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Feb. 9, 2021

    For our 39th Anniversary in June, I booked a Hawaiian Airlines Vacation hotel and air package for the first time this past Jan. 2021. A few days later I went to print the itinerary and was surprised the flights were cancelled but, not the hotel. No alternate flights were offered. I quickly cancelled the hotel so I could collect a refund. I called 1-844-762-0089 Customer Service and they insisted I cancelled the flight on my computer and therefore, not entitled to a refund only credit. I had no reason to cancel the flight to our anniversary weekend. They chose to blame me and not refund my money. Now I have a $315 credit when I would prefer not to have to pay the credit card for nothing. I will never use Hawaiian Airlines Vacation service again. Too bad we have limited airlines to choose from.

    4 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Dec. 3, 2020

    In March 2020 I was meant to travel to Hawaii but due to COVID-19 had to cancel my trip. Initially I was only offered a credit voucher for the flights but I managed to fight my way through to get a refund. 9 months later I am still waiting for my refund. When I was trying to get a refund, the correspondence I was receiving from Hawaiian Airlines was extremely slow and they were taking ages to get back to me. In the time I had requested a refund to when Hawaiian airline approved the refund request I had to close the card which I initially paid for the flights with. I informed Hawaiian airlines that the original form of payment method no longer existed but they still went ahead and processed the refund to the card which had been closed as they claimed "they can only process a refund to the original form of payment".

    I kept calling my bank to inform them of what happened and if they had received a refund under my details but they assured me that the funds had bounced back to Hawaiian airlines and every time I went and told Hawaiian airlines this they just came back to me and said the refund has been processed on their end and to keep contacting my bank. After 3 months of asking them to do a proper check of their accounts I was able to get a letter from my bank showing that the funds had bounced back to Hawaiian Airlines, only then did they finally decide to acknowledge that the money was sitting with them. So then they agreed to do a wire transfer to my nominated bank account so I sent them my bank details and was told it would take 3-5 weeks to process a wire transfer.

    5 weeks had passed and I still hadn't received my refund so I made multiple phone calls and sent a number of emails to try follow up and all I kept getting was "please wait for the consumer affairs team to respond to you". Nobody even bothered to actually look into my case and see what the hold up was until I spoke to a Supervisor who told me he would look into the case and get back to me within the day. The next day I received an email saying my refund had been processed to the original form of payment method... again, after it had been established that original payment method no longer existed and a wire transfer would be done. They just went and did the same thing which I specifically asked them not to so here I am 9 months later still waiting for my refund. Safe to say I will never fly with this airline again. Worst experience I have ever encountered with an airline.

    3 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Nov. 21, 2020

    I am a USA Army veteran living in the Philippines, and also a retired educator. I travelled from Manila to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii to receive some very serious medical attention involving surgery. My flight from Manila was on PAL but I transferred to HAL when I arrived in Tokyo. The flight itself was pleasant but the flight attendants were anything but professional. I have been flying since I was a young child because my father was a Marine and we travelled a lot (since 1966). I have flown many many times overseas, Europe, Southeast and East Asia, and many times over the continental USA. To my recollection these "attendants", were the most rude, ignorant, unresponsive, angry, laconic people that I have ever dealt with! They looked as miserable as a cat on a cactus!

    Now being that I was at the time NOT in good health and worried about my foreign wife who could not travel to the U.S. with me, I attempted to leave my seat to go to the restroom but forgot that I still had my seatbelt snapped loosely around my waist. When I attempted to rise I was caught and fell back in my seat. The stewardess, a miserable middle aged woman said- "you have to unbuckle your seat belt first!", in the most demeaning sarcastic voice that she could utter! Now I may not be a genius but I do have a Masters degree and had been a High School Guidance Counselor for numerous years and in all that time with 400 students every year, you would be unable to find anyone that I have spoken to in that tone and manner! I observed the rest of the "crew", and they all looked as unhappy and borderline angry as did the aforementioned attendant. I will NEVER fly that airline again, NEVER EVER!!!!

    3 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Nov. 18, 2020

    I needed to cancel my fight due to unforeseen circumstances. Apparently my tickets were non refundable. The total amount was just over $1000 yet they needed to keep $100 each ticket for a penalty charge. Apparently the airlines are needed my $300 more than I did. Our accommodations in Hawaii were canceled, they refunded our money in full. My Family booked through another airline, their money was refunded in full. This is the first and last time that I will book with Hawaiian airlines.

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Nov. 14, 2020

    In March of 2019 I flew with Hawaiian airlines as part of my move to the mainland. Given Hawaiians hub is in Honolulu I decided to book with them due to one layover I had to make at HNL Airport, an airport that was most familiar to me and easiest to navigate at the time. All in all the online booking process was standard and simple enough, however once you actually get to the airport to fly is when things change. I have never flown with an airline that's given worse customer service than Hawaiian. To start when I arrived at the check-in counter I received absolutely no greeting no “Hello” let alone a simple “Aloha, welcome!” The attendant simply looked at me with zero smile expecting me to do all the talking!

    Second my one suitcase that I was checking was a few pounds over the limit, which I POLITELY with a SMILE informed the attendant that it would be fine with me just go ahead and charge me the fee, instead she responds with the most arrogant and condescending tone stating that I should consider taking things out as it would be “cheaper for you.” Okay I could understand if she was trying to be helpful but her tone and mannerism said otherwise, she made it seem as though I somehow couldn’t afford the overlimit fee and she's doing me a favor!!! To top things off what really upset me is that I’m clearly a KAMAINA guest who PAID for a first class seat (not UPGRADED), I was also very polite to begin with and to be treated as though I was somehow a second class citizen!?!? Lady this airline was founded in HAWAII and bears the name “Hawaiian” you better treat the people of its home state with at least some respect!!

    Finally instead of helping their guests with heavy luggage Kona International Airport is literally the pits! So you have to actually roll your own suitcase back around the long queue (zero AC btw and its 80 and humid!) to a dinosaur of a conveyor belt that's also staffed by more rude and lifeless people!! When I finally get on the plane the attendants give you the bare minimum service and not to bring race into it but I'm assuming it's because I'm brown, because I'm not even exaggerating the ** and Asian guests seemed to be having one hell of a time with the first class flight attendant!

    When we reached Honolulu airport the ticket agents at our gate were also sad, lifeless and rude to guests, so at this point I'm assuming Hawaiian has different service standards for those departing Hawaii vs visiting! All in all this was perhaps the worst travel experience I have ever had, and it saddens me that this company, our dilapidated airports and abysmal customer service is what is supposed to represent the otherwise beautiful state of Hawaii. Sad...

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 17, 2020

    In early Feb/2020, bought tickets for my SO and myself RT from OAK to OGG (Maui). Trip was for 4/18-5/2. Covid hit, everything was shutdown, and all our flights were cancelled. To use miles, I bought ONE (1) RT ticket (one charge), ONE (1) ticket from OAK to OGG using miles and paid $5.60 for the taxes (one charge) and ONE (1) return flight ticket from OGG to OAK (the third charge). All the flights were cancelled of course. And I got credit for ALL the 3 charges originally.

    10 days ago, Hawaiian Air RE-CHARGED the credit card for the flight from OGG to OAK; they told the credit card company (after I disputed the charge) that a 'voucher' had been issued. After hours of fighting to get the refunds and figuring I was done with them in June, I now have to restart entire fight to get a refund for a cancelled flight. I can't believe that they can just go charge your card months later on a whim. I don't want a voucher - I don't want to do business with them ever. Next step, DOT complaint.

    6 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: June 22, 2020

    This airline is dishonest, corrupt, and greedy. I have never experienced such poor service in my life. I booked 3 non-stop tickets from LAX to KOA. I specifically booked with Hawaiian because the flights were non-stop. Hawaiian showed these flights as in service and allowed them to be booked, then 2 weeks later "accommodated" me (how generous) on a flight that had a long layover in Honolulu that I never agreed to. I paid for a non-stop flight and that is all I am willing to accept. They also split up my family around the cabin even though I paid for the more expensive tickets to be able to select our seats.

    Conveniently Hawaiian changed their refund rules from being eligible for a refund if your flight was changed from a non-stop to a connecting flight to a credit only. They advertise non-stop flights that are not even currently in operation then switch you to long connecting flights and change the rules in their favor so they won't refund you... Only give you a restrictive credit. Classic "bait and switch" criminal scheme. Hawaiian took 653 million dollars of your tax money as a bailout, yet they abuse their customers and refuse to follow the DOT enforcement action letter regarding refunds.

    I implore anyone having a similar experience to file a complaint with the DOT, BBB, and Hawaii Attorney General and post a review of your experience everywhere. Save your fellow travelers the trouble we are experiencing. Also, if you purchased your flight with a credit card initiate a charge back with your credit card company. Do your research and gather your facts to make your case. There is lots of information on the internet to help you.

    I am looking forward to the class action lawsuits that are pending and hope the DOT and Federal Government step in to take action against predatory companies like this one. Hawaiian Airlines' treatment of its customers during this time is going to have a long lasting negative effect on this company that will last much longer than this pandemic. Hawaiian Airlines is a brown stain on the aviation world. They will never get business from my family ever again. I hope you are smart enough not to trust this dishonest company either.

    16 people found this review helpful
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    Hawaiian Airlines author review by Erika Armstrong

    Headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines is the eighth-largest commercial airline in the U.S. It has the distinction of being the oldest U.S. carrier to have avoided a fatal crash.

    • Island destination: Hawaiian Airlines offers nonstop service to Hawaii. Travelers can book flights from major cities in North America, Asia and the South Pacific.

    • VIP club: Buying an annual membership in the Premium Club gives passengers access to early boarding, additional free checked baggage and more.

    • Vacation packages: Book a flight to Hawaii and entertainment, such as cruises or tours, all at the same time.

    • Regional service: Hawaiian Airlines offers flights into Honolulu and flights between all of the islands for local travel.

    • Delightful food and drink: Food and beverages are not only included, they are also delicious. A sommelier and chef choose each menu item and its wine pairing.

    by Erika Armstrong Airlines Contributing Editor

    From the front desk of a busy FBO to the captain's seat of a commercial airliner, Erika Armstrong has experienced everything aviation has to offer. She is the author of A CHICK IN THE COCKPIT and her aviation articles can be found at Consumer Affairs, Plane & Pilot,, Disciples of Flight, NYC Aviation, Contrails, Mentor, General Aviation News and Business Insider.

    Hawaiian Airlines Company Information

    Company Name:
    Hawaiian Airlines
    Year Founded:
    3375 Koapaka St.
    Postal Code:
    United States
    (808) 835-3700