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Hawaiian Airlines - Velocity's new airline partner

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Looks like Velocity have found themselves a new Airline Partner

From: http://www.velocityrewards.com.au/content/offersHawaiian.html


Earn Double Velocity Points with Hawaiian Airlines -
Velocity's new airline partner



When you fly on Hawaiian Airlines between Sydney and Honolulu from 16 August to 31 October 2006, you will receive double the standard points. That’s,
  • 2 points per mile for Coach (Economy ) Class*
  • 3 points per mile for First Class*
Find out more about earning points of Hawaiian airlines.
To check availability and book seats, go to www.hawaiianair.com.au
Note: Fares are subject to availability. Bonus Points are applicable for travel between Sydney and Honolulu only. Travel must be started and completed between 16 August 2006 and 31 October 2006. Bookings between Sydney and Mainland US will be awarded Points for the Sydney to Honolulu portion of the flights only. * Valid classes for bonus points are M, N, B, Q, W and Y for Coach (Economy), and J and P for First Class.
 

BiziBB

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Great news for those burned by Jet Scar, who must be going for the same leisure market SYD-HNL.

If this means a price war when JQ announces HNL fares, all the better!
I wonder if it is possible to transfer existing Hawaiian miles to Velocity?
 

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As always the devil is in the detail with reward offers
The fares this offer is attached to arent the HA leadin fares..In fact they look to be about the level of the 2nd lowest QF fares as well.
In fact the cheapest HA fare which attracts points is the MKRANR at over 1800 rtn..not sure if thats an all incl fare though.

So if you think you can get both a cheap fare and the bonus points think again.
Given the JQI pricing on old QF markets like DPS avail as leadin (excluding the launch fare) and using that as a basis for what they might offer on HNL (again excluding the probable launch fare)I think for a family you'd be better off taking the JQI fare without points(even if you paid extra for a meal) than HA and the points.
Also DJ really could have chosen a better partner. HA 767s make the JQ A330's look like a palace in comparison and the seat pitches are comparable
 

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Standby said:
Also DJ really could have chosen a better partner.
What other airlines flying between Australia and Hawaii could they partner with? Only QF (yeah right), *A members AC and NZ, and FJ (significantly owned by QF).
 

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I have twice ( 2005/2005) taken the family from SYD to Hawaii in Y and have felt that I was better looked after than travelling J in QF.
Great on board service...I recommend it:D
 

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Yeah, it's a step in the right direction. But as commented, it's not the chepest fares that will earn points.

For Hawaiian, I would normally be directing my points through AA rather than Velocity, but I do note that AA has a lot more restrictions on earning than Velocity does on Hawaiian.
 

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Standby said:
Also DJ really could have chosen a better partner. HA 767s make the JQ A330's look like a palace in comparison and the seat pitches are comparable
I got stuck on a HA 767 once when QF was booked out. Not an experience I ever repeated. HA makes DJ look like a premium carrier :shock: .
 

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The following is from the News page on virginblue.com.au:

16 August 2006 Hula to Hawaii with Virgin Blue and Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian the First US partner of Virgin Blue's Loyalty programVirgin Blue and Hawaiian Airlines today announced a wide-ranging partnership in which members of Virgin Blue's award winning loyalty program, Velocity, will be able to earn points and redeem travel throughout Hawaiian's flight network.

Effective from today, members of the Velocity program will be able to use their loyalty points to travel on scheduled flights by Hawaiian Airlines to and within the USA and the Pacific, as well as having the opportunity to earn Velocity points when they purchase travel with Hawaiian.

The inclusion of Hawaiian in the Velocity program was announced by Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, and President and Chief Executive of Hawaiian Airlines, Mark Dunkerley, following an agreement between the two airlines.

The entry of Hawaiian Airlines into the program means Velocity now has its first North America partner, complementing foundation airline partners Virgin Atlantic and Emirates.

Brett Godfrey said: "We are particularly pleased to welcome Hawaiian Airlines aboard and we look forward to working more closely with the Hawaiian team on mutual opportunities.
"In less than a year since launch, Velocity has become one of Australia's most popular customer loyalty programs, with our "any seat redemption on Virgin Blue*" policy proving hugely appealing to Australian travellers. We are now building the program through the addition of like-minded partners to offer an even wider choice of opportunities, and flying to Hawaii on Hawaiian will have very strong appeal to our members," he said.

He continued: "Hawaii is one of the most desired international holiday destinations for Australian travellers, combining the laid-back lifestyle of the Pacific with the excitement of the USA, and the addition of Hawaiian Airlines will add even further value to Velocity membership."

To launch the new partnership, Velocity is offering double points for flights between Sydney and Honolulu taken between 16th August and 31st of October 2006£. This means that Velocity Members can earn over 20,000 Velocity Points for a return trip to Honolulu in Economy Class.

In addition to the fantastic earning opportunities available through Hawaiian Airlines, Velocity Members can also use their Points to redeem on flights to Hawaii and the US mainland. A table of Velocity points required to fly from Australia to Hawaii and the USA appears on the following page

Mr Dunkerley said participation of Hawaiian Airlines in the Velocity program would increase significantly the awareness in Australia of both Hawaiian Airlines and the destination of Hawaii.

"By joining Velocity, and working more closely with Virgin Blue, we're now making it even easier for travellers from throughout Australia to visit the islands of Hawaii, as well as offering a one-stop service from Sydney to nine destinations on the US mainland," he said.

Hawaiian Airlines flies three times weekly from Sydney to Honolulu, offering fast same-day connections to the neighbour islands of Maui, Kauai and The Big Island of Hawaii, as well as to the US mainland cities of Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Hawaiian also flies from Honolulu to the Pacific island locations of Tahiti and American Samoa.

The airline departs Sydney at 9pm each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, enabling travellers from Sydney to spend the day at work, at school or relaxing at home before checking in for the evening flight, and passengers from other states or regional NSW to make same-day connections to Hawaii.

The 10-hour flight crosses the international dateline, arriving in Honolulu at 10.35am the same day, enabling passengers to clear US Customs and be on Waikiki Beach by afternoon, or to make same day connections to neighbour islands or the US mainland.

Hawaiian Airlines operates two class Boeing 767-300ER aircraft from Sydney to Honolulu, and to the US mainland, and dual-class Boeing 717 jets on more than 100 daily flights between the Hawaiian islands.

The airline is the largest and longest serving in Hawaii, this year celebrating its 77th anniversary.

For more information about Hawaiian Airlines, visit Hawaiian Airlines : Flights to Hawaii from AustraliaFor more information about Virgin Blue, visit Cheap Flights and Holidays with Great Service from the Worlds Best Low Cost Airline
For more information about Velocity, visit www.velocityrewards.com.au


POINTS CHART:To fly from Sydney to the USA with Hawaiian Airlines, you will require the following Velocity points:
Honolulu 71,000
Maui 85,000
Big lsland 85,000
Kauai 85,000
San Francisco 95,000
San Jose 95,000
Los Angeles 95,000
San Diego 95,000

Any seat redemption and no blackout periods applies to Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue.

Note: Fares are subject to availability. Bonus Points are applicable for return bookings that originate and terminate in Sydney and Honolulu only. Travel must be started and completed between 16 August 2006 and 31 October 2006.

Valid classes for bonus points are M, N, B, Q, W and Y for Economy (Coach), and J and P for First Class.

Velocity is operated by Velocity Rewards Pty Ltd as trustee of the Loyalty Trust. Membership is governed by the Member terms and conditions, as amended from time to time.
 

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Copy of email sent to Hawaiian Airlines (HQ in Honolulu).

"I travelled from Sydney(Australia) to Hawaii on the 5th Nov and then from Honolulu to Kona on the 8th Nov, and returned Kona-Honolulu-Sydney on the 11th Nov. At each stage of the journey (outbound and return) I was stopped and searched. Not just a 'frisk' but suitcase unpacked, hand luggage unpacked and then frisked. I was made to feel and was dealt with like a common criminal. This happened on all stages of my journey.

I was also sworn at and manhandled at Kona airport when I questioned whether my suitcase had been properly re-locked.

I am a 57 year old British Citizen living in Australia. My eldest son is in the Australian Army and has served in areas of conflict, I myself am ex-British security service. When I questioned the TSA agents on the return journey I was told that the Airline (Hawaiian) had selected me for this 'special treatment'.

I am still absolutely livid with rage at this treatment and intend to write to the British Ambassador and Australian Foreign Affairs Department to lodge a formal complaint.

As I am an ex-security agent I appreciate that the world has changed since the 911 catastrophe and I am more than willing to volunteer and to be fully co-operative, but to be constantly harassed and persecuted on my travel has completely ruined what was supposed to be an enjoyable holiday.

I would be appreciative of some explanation why I was selected."

No reply received. So far the only reaction has been from the British Consul in Australia.

I will never fly Hawaiian Airlines and request and suggest nobody else does!!!
 

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While unpleasant that doesn't sound much different to what you might get on selected for SSSS (special security screening) flying any airline in USA.

The only way to be sure to not get SSSS is to not fly to or through USA.
 

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dojc said:
"I travelled from Sydney(Australia) to Hawaii on the 5th Nov and then from Honolulu to Kona on the 8th Nov, and returned Kona-Honolulu-Sydney on the 11th Nov. At each stage of the journey (outbound and return) I was stopped and searched. Not just a 'frisk' but suitcase unpacked, hand luggage unpacked and then frisked. I was made to feel and was dealt with like a common criminal. This happened on all stages of my journey.

I was also sworn at and manhandled at Kona airport when I questioned whether my suitcase had been properly re-locked.
Really sad to read your story. Don't blame Hawaiian Airlines they just have a quota of passengers to provide to the TSA and you just happened to win one of the lucky dips.

Oh when oh when are people going to avoid this country. Unless it is absolutely necessary to be there for business there is no reason whatsoever to visit or even transit through this hell hole. When people realise this and stop going the people that run this hell hole might realise they have done something wrong and start treating travellers like people instead of criminals.

Criminals get treated better in jail than passengers going through US airports!
 

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Problem is US government doesn't care.

Mind you, they have announced intention to join the APEC Business Travel Card scheme so a small ray of hope.
 

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The thing that always puzzles me is that the 9/11 hijackers travelled first class.. yet LOTFAP seems only to pick on the Y pax.. :confused:
 

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bambbbam2 said:
The thing that always puzzles me is that the 9/11 hijackers travelled first class.. yet LOTFAP seems only to pick on the Y pax.. :confused:
Terrorists never fly business class, thats a rule...Try watching The Chaser sketch (part of their recent War on Everything series) where they dress up in Arab clothing and take photos on the Harbour Bridge.

And of course if you're poor in America then you must be evil :D
 
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