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 and Weight Restrictions

  • Personal: Size and weight undisclosed, but Hawaiian states that the item must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you
  • Standard: 45 linear inches (114 cm) and 25 pounds (11.34 kg)

Lap Infant Carry-On Policy

  • The infant does not receive a carry-on allowance
  • Passengers are permitted to bring a car seat onboard and use it on the plane if there is a free seat (subject to their travel safety seat 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 (neighbor island)$25$35$50
Main Cabin (North America) $30 $40$100
First ClassIncludedIncluded$50 (neighbor islands)
$100 (North America)
$150 (International)
International (American Samoa & Tahiti, Australia & New Zealand, Japan, Korea)IncludedIncluded$150

Additional / Excess Baggage Fees

Hawaii to/from51-70lb71-100lb62”-80”
Neighbor island$35$70$35
North America$50$200$100
Australia or New Zealand$0Not accepted$150
Japan or Korea$50 (Business Class $0)$400
Pago Pago$50$400
Papeete$50Not accepted

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 not allow passengers to pre-pay for luggage online; however, this can be paid for when you 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

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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 – $10 off
  • 2nd bag – $15 off

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 and Premeier Club 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.

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.

FAQ

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. This excludes flights to/from North America where the first bag is $30 and the second bag $40.  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 (excluding Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti where bags of this weight are not accepted).

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14 comments

  1. James Francis Penczar · August 22, 2019 · Reply

    Is the Hawaiian Airlines mileage program going to stop on 28th of this month (August 2019)?

    • Andrew Kunesh · August 22, 2019 · Reply

      Hi James, we haven’t heard anything that would suggest this. Thanks!

  2. Ruel Reyes · August 25, 2019 · Reply

    Does Active Duty Service Members have to pay for checked baggage?

    • Catherine Luther · August 26, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Ruel,

      Hawaiian Airlines allows Active duty US military passengers to bring 4 free pieces of checked luggage on military orders and 2 free pieces for personal travel. You can view the details here.

  3. gary shimabukuro · September 5, 2019 · Reply

    Weighing less than 50 Lbs, may I check in my tool box?

  4. vbscript2 · September 17, 2019 · Reply

    It appears that Hawaiian increased their bag fees for flights to/from North America about a year ago. Flights booked on or after Nov 13, 2018 are now $30 first bag and $40 second back for flights to/from North America, according to Hawaiian’s website.

    http://hawaiianair.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/80/~/checked-bag-fees

  5. Jessica LaCross · September 30, 2019 · Reply

    I’m traveling to Maui on Hawaiian airlines this week, I’m traveling with my wedding dress, curious if bringing my dress in a standard garment bag would be acceptable as a carry on item to go in the overhead or if hanging in a closet is an option?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Jessica,

      It should be accepted as your carry-on, although a space to hang it is probably unlikely depending on the plane. I suggest you contact Hawaiian Airlines directly to see if there are any accommodations they can arrange for your dress.

      Thanks for reading!

  6. I’m flying Hawaiian from Australia and have 4 inter-island flights (plus the 2 internationals) – I’ve assumed (and travel agent thought so too) that I do not need to pay for luggage on the inter-island flights due to it being a total multi-stop international flight booking? Is that correct or will I be needing to buy baggage for each flight?

    • Hi Zoe,

      Usually, Hawaiian Airlines does charge for baggage on flight between islands. However, since your trip is apart of a larger itinerary, I recommend you contact the Hawaiian Airlines customer support team directly and they should be able to give you an exact answer.

      Thanks for reading!

  7. I am flying Hawaiian from Los Angeles to Maui in first class. What is the total allowed weight? I get 2 free bags, but the weight is not mentioned. I am guessing it might be 70 lbs? True or false?

    • Hi Joan,

      As stated in the article, each free checked bag must be a maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lb) and max linear dimensions of 157 cm (62”).

      Thanks for reading.

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