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Bits & Pieces: new HI routes on United, Virgin America partnerships, Disney media

on July 4, 2017

My posts have slowed down some- work has gotten much busier lately, and so my usual routine of getting started with the main text of a post while at the office, then adding the finishing touches/pictures at home for posting has been disrupted. Boo.  Still, as the days go by I add items to my Post List so as not to forget them when I do have the time.  Here’s what I added to my Clipboard of Fun over the past few weeks:

  • Oy- if you feel like chancing it on United, you’ll have more opportunities to do so starting later this year.  More frequent flights to/from Hawaii are scheduled to be added:

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Beginning December 20, service between Denver and Kona (KOA), Lihue (LIH) and Maui (OGG) will increase from seasonal to daily year-round service. The airline will continue its year-round daily service from Denver to Honolulu.

DEN to

Current

New Schedule

Starts

Honolulu (HNL)

Daily, year round

Daily, year-round

Now flying

Kona (KOA)

Seasonal only

Increase to daily, year-round

Dec. 20

Lihue (LIH)

Seasonal only

Increase to daily, year-round

Dec. 20

Maui (OGG)

Seasonal only

Increase to daily, year-round

Dec. 20

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Offering the only nonstop service between Chicago and Hawaii, United will increase service to Maui (OGG) to five times per week beginning December 20.

ORD to

Current

New Schedule

Starts

Honolulu (HNL)

Daily, year round

Daily, year-round

Now flying

Maui (OGG)

Saturdays only

Daily, year-round (except Tu/We)

Dec. 20

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

From Los Angeles, United offers nonstop service to more Hawaiian Island destinations than any other airline. In addition to United’s five times daily service to Honolulu, United will increase service between LAX and Hilo, Kona, Maui and Lihue beginning December 20. United is the only U.S. airline with nonstop service from LAX to Hilo, on the Island of Hawaii.

LAX to

Current Schedule

New Schedule

Starts

Honolulu (HNL)

5 flights daily

5 flights daily

Now flying

Hilo (ITO)

5 flights weekly

Increase to daily

Dec. 20

Kona (KOA)

Daily

Increase to 2 flights daily

Dec. 20

Lihue (LIH)

Daily

Increase to 2 flights daily

Dec. 20

Maui (OGG)

2 flights daily

Increase to 3 flights daily

Dec. 20

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

From San Francisco, United offers more nonstop service to more Hawaiian Island destinations than any other airline. In addition to its five times daily service between SFO and Honolulu, United will increase service to Kona, Lihue and Maui beginning December 20.

SFO to

Current

New

Starts

Honolulu (HNL)

5 flights daily

5 flights daily

Now flying

Kona (KOA)

2 flights daily

Increase to 3 flights daily

Dec. 20

Lihue (LIH)

1 flight daily

Increase to 2 flights daily, year-round

Dec. 20

Maui (OGG)

3 flights daily

Increase to 5 flights daily

Dec. 20

I’ll update the United page when it gets closer to the December start dates for these improved-frequency routes.

twisted united

I enjoyed this take on the Airplane! movie poster that Bloomberg News did as a response to all of United’s recent bad press.

  • The flying lords giveth: Alaska/Virgin America partnership.  Alaska Airlines, as the airline doing the taking over, will end the Virgin America Elevate plan as we currently know it by the end of 2017, in an attempt to do business under just one operating certificate come 2018.  This will hopefully mean that the Alaska Airline Companion Fare, which currently can only be used on “Alaska metal,” will have different route availability for my group- we’re a bit “long layover in Seattle’d” out.  Though, a long layover in Seattle would be much more fun now that my best high school friend just moved there.  But I digress- it also means that I have more options to get home, not just from Newark, but from Philly or Boston.  Boston would be great, since I’m trying to position us to fly from Barcelona to Dublin on our way home from Europe, simply to be able to take the lovely Aer Lingus Dublin-Boston flight.  This partnership may work out very nicely indeed.

alaskavirgin

  • The flying lords taketh away: I got an email from Hawaiian Airlines informing me of the future status of being able to earn/redeem HawaiianMiles on Virgin America flights.  Spoiler: you won’t be able to.
An update on our partnership with Virgin America.

Our partnership with Virgin America will end on Dec 31, 2017.

Starting Jan 1, 2018, you’ll no longer be able to earn HawaiianMiles on flights operated by Virgin America. HawaiianMiles members can redeem miles on Virgin America flights booked by Sep 30, 2017 for travel by Dec 31, 2017.

hawaiian virgin america

It seems Mr. Branson is going to have to take that lei off now.

  • And finally, a bit of Disney TV/streaming/movie news:
  1. I watched this special on Animal Planet a few nights ago.  It was an hour-long look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.  Some nice new footage on the Kilimanjaro Safaris and a really interesting little bit about some partnerships the Park has with the governments in Africa, and the sharing of veterinary information.  True to my word about remaining mostly unspoiled, I looked away and muted when I realized that they were showing the new Pandora area in depth.  I will admit to taking a peek at a few scenes from the new night show, Rivers of Light, which looks gorgeous.  AND since the new evening hours mean more people in the Park, they’ve decided to keep Expedition: Everest open for nighttime rides…wow, that’ll be awesome.
  2. On June 29th, the Disney Parks Blog hosted another live-stream- this time it was “The Music of Pixar Live! A Symphony of Characters” concert I wrote about last month.  The replay is available on the blog post.  I guess they got some good feedback, I’m reading rumors they will extend it beyond the summer.  There’s nothing like live music (said the proud band/orchestra mom).
  3. If you are a Fansie, then you probably already know- Newsies the Musical is now available as a digital download (got it!), and will be shown in movie theaters nationwide on August 5 and 9!  This is a professionally filmed theatre performance starring the original Jack Kelly (Jeremy Jordan).  I always loved the movie, and showed it to my daughter at an early age.  Then they brought the movie to Broadway and I took DD to see it in 2014- we both LOVED the show.  She still has the poster hanging on her wall.
Newsies

That’s all for now.  Now go out there and Seize the Day!

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