Allegiant Air to fly from LAX to Honolulu beginning in fall; $99 fares

Discount air carrier Allegiant Air will announce plans on Tuesday to fly between Los Angeles International Airport and Honolulu beginning in October.

This will be good news for cost conscious travelers — especially those with enough wiggle room in their schedules to take advantage of Allegiant’s limited schedule.

According to the release we received, Allegiant will offer some one-way fares for $99, far below the going rate in the market, though the airline charges fees for just about everything, including some carry-on bags. Flights can be booked starting Tuesday. The flights will run twice a week starting on Oct 30.

The route is a bit of a change of pace from Allegiant, which usually serves leisure destinations from smaller airports rather than large hubs like LAX. For example, Allegiant has been flying from Boise and Eugene, Ore. to Honolulu, though it’s in the process of cutting some of its Hawaii flights.

Low fares and new flights are generally good for travelers. But Allegiant has had some reliability issues with its overwater 757s, which Brett Snyder, also known as the blogger Cranky Flier described in great detail recently.

From what I understand, flying to Hawaii on 757s is a good deal more complicated than most of the Allegiant’s domestic flying, which is usually done using MD-80s. And Allegiant just starting flying to Hawaii about a year ago, so it’s a new thing for the airline. It would make sense that the airline learned a lot from its first year with Hawaii. But fliers should be aware of what they’re getting into. Last year, a local television station in Denver detailed the plight of a couple who were stranded in Honolulu for more than 48 hours.

Want to learn more about Allegiant? Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press profiled the airline last month.

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  • Adam

    Been trying to find these supposed $99 fares on Allegiant’s website since the announcement and NONE exist. By my guess they announced $99 fares as a publicity stunt without actually selling very many tickets at that price. The lowest I’ve found is $174 each way, after tax and fees its a min $615 which is on par with every other airline. This is total BS

    • Brian Sumers

      Hi Adam, this is very interesting. Do you think I could interview you about your experience?