On the plus side, that leaves open the possibility that airlines will one day go back to the normal system where airlines charged customers for a "flight ticket" so they can just "fly." Apparently that will happen just as soon as the airlines decide they no longer need revenue.
Hawaiian Airlines runs flights mainly between the west coast on one side and Australia on the other, and of course between Hawaii's various islands. They usually have relatively good service on flights to and from the state, with things like complimentary meals and beverages, and almost completely sparse service for interisland flights. In the past their fees have lined up accordingly, with lower baggage fees for those interisland flights. Now, less so.
This new fee isn't going to do much to Hawaiian Air's business. They're Hawaii's largest and longest-serving airline, and their routes into and out of the islands are well-established. They've already been charging $17 for a second bag and $25 for a third bag. Competitors like IslandAir basically have the same fee structure, including charging for the first bag.
So they know they can get away with it. And even worse, they know we know they can get away with it, which is why they're not bashful about how much ancillary cash their opaque fees bring in.
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· Airline to impose first checked bag fee [AP]
· Hawaiian decides to match competitors on baggage fee [Sun Bulletin]
· Hawaiian Airlines Coverage [Jaunted]
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