|by Kaeli Conforti||Hawaii, New York City, Airfares & Flying, Airlines, Trip Ideas||7|
Great news for travelers in the Tri–State area: You can now fly non-stop to Honolulu, Hawaii, from John F. Kennedy International Airport. Not only that, Hawaiian Airlines is offering prices starting at $699 round–trip if you book by Jun. 18 and travel between Aug. 21 and Nov. 14.
Most trips to Hawaii from the east coast involve a layover in California, but this new service goes all 9.5 hours straight to Honolulu. The once daily flight leaves JFK at 10 a.m., arriving in Honolulu at 3 p.m., while flights heading in the opposite direction leave Honolulu at 3:05 p.m., arriving at JFK the next morning at 6:55 a.m. The airline is also partnering with JetBlue and allowing flyers up and down the east coast to book flights on one itinerary via JFK from gateways like Boston, Buffalo, N.Y., Burlington, V.T., Charlotte, N.C., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (as well as many others). The new partnership also means JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines passengers can earn frequent flyer miles by flying each other's airlines.
If you happen to be in New York City this month, Hawaiian Airlines is hosting a series of performances outside Grand Central Station every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring performances by Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers. On June 21, San Francisco hula troupe NÄ Lei Hulu I Ka WÄ“kiu will perform, and The Brothers Cazimero will wrap things up with traditional Hawaiian music on June 28th. Pau Hana drink and appetizer specials are provided by Pershing Square Central Café while you watch.
For those of you who won't be here to see the action in person, here's a peek of the opening day hula performance that took place at JFK on June 5th:
If you miss out on the flight deal, browse the Hawaii travel deals on our website for great travel packages.
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