Hawaiian Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips To Cover The Expenses

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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″ (25 lbs max)

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).

Stroller Check Policy

  • Strollers will be checked at the gate free of charge. Small, collapsible strollers may be carried on provided the item meets all of the standard size/weight restrictions of a carry-on bag.

Hawaiian Airlines Checked Baggage Allowance

All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23 kg (50 lb) and max linear dimensions of 157 cm (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

Within Hawaii$35$70$35
Between Hawaii &
North America
International $50$400*$150

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

For baggage fees related to special luggage (sporting equipment, musical instruments, etc.) please refer to Hawaiian Airlines’ policy for each on the left table on this page. 

Can I Pre-pay for Baggage?

Hawaiian Airlines does allow passengers the ability to pre-pay for luggage online when they check-in from 24 hours before the flight departure.

Passengers need to visit the ‘Manage Flights’ area of the website and select ‘Check-in Online‘ where you can pay any baggage fees.

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:

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This no annual fee card comes with a 20,000 mile welcome bonus (worth $200) once you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months. When you use your card for travel purchases (e.g. baggage fees), use your miles to pay off all, or part of, your statement! This is why we like this card.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - The "big brother" card to the VentureOne® with a larger 50,000 welcome bonus (worth $500), when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months, and you'll earn 10X miles per $1 spent across thousands of hotels.

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.

To see more airline baggage fees and policies, click here.


How big can a carry on bag be Hawaiian Airlines?

Hawaiian Airlines allows passengers to bring a standard piece of carry-on that must not exceed 22″ x 14″ x 9″ and must not weigh over 25 lbs. A personal item is also allowed but Hawaiian does not disclose any size restrictions.

How much is a checked bag on Hawaiian Airlines?

For the Main Cabin, Hawaiian charges $25 for the first bag, $35 for second bag and $50-$100 for 3+ bags. For First Class and International flights, the first two bags are included within the standard ticket price, with 3+ bags costing $150.

Is a backpack a personal item on Hawaiian Airlines?

Yes, Hawaiian would consider a backpack as your personal item as long as it is comparable in size to a handbag, laptop bag or briefcase (so we’re not talking a 60L backpack here!)

What is the baggage allowance on Hawaiian Airlines?

Checked luggage must be added to your booking if flying Hawaiian in the Main Cabin. The allowance for the bags that you add to your booking would be 23 kg (50 lb) and max linear dimensions of 157 cm (62”). The first two bags are free for First Class passengers and international flights.

How much does Hawaiian Airlines charge for overweight baggage?

With Hawaiian Airlines, checked baggage that exceeds 23kg (51lbs) will be subject to excess fees. For bags 23 – 32kg (51-70lb) the fee is $35 within Hawaii and $50 for all other routes. Bags 32 – 45kg (71-100lb) will be charged $70 within Hawaii, $200 between Hawaii & North America and $400 for international flights (not applicable to Tahiti, Aus & NZ).

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