Allegiant Continues Expansion to Hawaii with New Flights from Monterey, Calif.

Discount carrier Allegiant Airlines is continuing to expand its Hawaiian presence with a new non-stop flight from Monterey, Calif., to Honolulu beginning Nov. 16.

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Monterey-Honolulu Flights from $199 One-Way

Flights will be priced at $199 one-way, and are good for travel through Jan. 15 (no blackout dates are mentioned, but it is likely that fares will be higher during Thanksgiving and Christmas).

Earlier this month, Allegiant announced new service to Hawaii from Bellingham, Washington; Eugene, Oregon; Santa Maria and Stockton, California, to Honolulu plus flights to/from Maui from Bellingham. Flights from these cities will begin from mid to late November.

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Hawaii’s Big West Coast Market

In its press release, Allegiant positions itself as a civic-minded airline, stating the upcoming Hawaiian service will “provide new economic development,” but presumably the fact that the West Coast is the biggest U.S. market for the islands has something to do with it.

Airfare analyst Rick Seaney has advised travelers in other parts of the U.S. to reach the 50th state by first finding a cheap deal on a flight to a big Hawaii jump-off point, which would include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland and more.

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Anyone flying Allegiant must know the airline now charges for all bags, and this includes carry-ons (Spirit is the only other U.S. airline to charge for carry-ons). The carrier’s baggage fees vary depending on length of flight, but passengers on West Coast/Hawaii flights will typically be charged $25 to $35 for a carry-on, for each leg of the trip.

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Published: May 30, 2012