Hawaiian Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses [2018]

Hawaiian Airlines baggage fees

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Hawaiian Airlines has a fairly standard baggage policy with fees that are pretty average for checked bags ($25-$35) when compared to other major airlines.

However, Hawaiian’s overweight fees seem to come in a bit cheaper than the average.

Fun Fact: Hawaiian Airlines has a great little exclusion for bringing fresh papaya and pineapple back home with you.  Must be that “Aloha Spirit”…

Hawaiian Airlines Carry-On Allowance:

1 personal item: FREE
1 standard carry-on bag: FREE

Size Restrictions

  • Personal: undisclosed
  • Standard: 22″ x 14″ x 9″

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • Carry-on and checked baggage allowances do not apply
  • You may bring a child restraint car seat onboard as a carry-on item based on seat availability. If there is an empty seat and the car seat is appropriately labeled (see, Travel Using a Safety Seat section below), we welcome you to use it. (if the flight is full, the car seat will be checked at the gate using a claim-at-gate tag)

Hawaiian Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance:

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg (50lb) and max linear dimensions of 158cm (62”).

1st Bag2nd Bag3rd+ Bags
Main Cabin$25$35$50 (neighbor islands)
$100 (North America)
First ClassIncludedIncluded$50 (neighbor islands)
$100 (North America)
International (American Samoa & Tahiti, Australia & New Zealand, Japan, Korea)IncludedIncluded$150

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees:

51-70lb71-100lb62”-80”
Within Hawaii$35$70$35
Between Hawaii &
North America
$50$200$100
International $50$400*$150

*travel to/from Tahiti, Aus & NZ will not accept luggage >71lb

Credit Cards That Reimburse You For Checked Bag Fees

Pick the right credit card to get your checked bag fees reimbursed when flying Hawaiian Airlines. Check out your options below:

Credit CardFee Reimbursement Details
💳 Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite MasterCard®

  • Use your miles to cover any qualifying travel purchases of $100 or more, including baggage fees.
  • Annual Fee: $150
  • Rates & Fees
💳 Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a calendar year for baggage fees at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first year, then $195
💳 The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • $200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550
💳 The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
  • $200 airline fee credit per calendar year on your previously designated airline. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $450
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠
  • $300 travel credit per calendar year (covers all travel related purchases).
  • Annual Fee: $450
Citi Prestige Card
  • $250 air travel credit per calendar year.
  • Annual Fee: $450

Exclusions & Waivers:

As a member benefit, HawaiianMiles members will enjoy reduced 1st and 2nd checked baggage fees when flying between the Neighbor Islands, traveling wholly within the State of Hawaii.

  • 1st bag – $15
  • 2nd bag – $20
  • 3rd+ bag – $50 (neighbor islands), $100 (North America)

Pualani Platinum members receive the first three (3) bags complimentary. Applies to members only. Applicable overweight and excess baggage fees will apply. The next additional bag will be charged at the 4th bag fee.

Pualani Gold members receive the first two (2) bags complimentary. Applies to members only. Applicable overweight and excess baggage fees will apply. The next additional bag will be charged at the 3rd bag fee.

Elite Members who are also the primary cardholder of the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard, will receive one (1) complimentary checked bag in addition to their membership baggage allowance when purchasing Domestic or Neighbor Island tickets directly from Hawaiian Airlines using their Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard. The one (1) complimentary checked bag is valued at the first checked bag fee. Any additional checked bags above your total allowance will be charged at the next sequential bag fee.

Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard: The Primary Cardmember is eligible to earn one (1) complimentary first checked bag on Hawaiian Airlines-operated flights. International flights are excluded.

Hawaiian Airlines will accept one pre-packaged box of papayas or pineapples, per paid passenger, free of charge (subject to space availability) on flights departing from Hawaii to the North America. The box must not exceed 10lbs in weight and must be pre-agriculture inspected.


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