Hawaiian Airlines Bid-Up Upgrade - Making a bid months in advance

By Aidan | Feb 18, 2019, 12:48 PM
Hi There,

Has anyone done a Bid-up months in advance with HA ?.
Just wondering will I still have to wait until 26 hours before the flight for confirmation of success ?
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By djtech | Feb 18, 2019, 03:46 PM
Hi There,

Has anyone done a Bid-up months in advance with HA ?.
Just wondering will I still have to wait until 26 hours before the flight for confirmation of success ?

The confirmation period should be the same so yes your bid will still be considered up to 24 hours before departure. Your bid won't be considered before hand.
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By Aidan | Feb 18, 2019, 07:09 PM

Thanks for the confirmation. 😊
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By ChrisCh | Feb 20, 2019, 01:12 PM
It can be worth it on long international flights, depending on the price: although if it's just a short inter-island flight within Hawaii, paid first class tickets often represent great value when you book them outright.

I was looking into this recently, and on flights where entry-level economy was around A$160, first class was around A$210. Given that regular economy includes no checked bags, for which you have to pay US$25 (about A$35) for just one bag, and first class includes two free bags, plus priority check-in, boarding and HA lounge access (where available), for essentially A$15 more - assuming you have a checked bag - it's terrific value, not to mention the business class status credits if crediting to Velocity!

(Unfortunately, the price difference is much wider on international flights, which is where the upgrade bid comes in handy.)
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By Aidan | Feb 25, 2019, 04:26 PM
It can be worth it on long international flights, depending on the price: although if it's just a short inter-island flight within Hawaii, paid first class tickets often represent great value when you book them outright.

I was looking into this recently, and on flights where entry-level economy was around A$160, first class was around A$210. Given that regular economy includes no checked bags, for which you have to pay US$25 (about A$35) for just one bag, and first class includes two free bags, plus priority check-in, boarding and HA lounge access (where available), for essentially A$15 more - assuming you have a checked bag - it's terrific value, not to mention the business class status credits if crediting to Velocity!

(Unfortunately, the price difference is much wider on international flights, which is where the upgrade bid comes in handy.)

Yeah I have booked First class @$162AUD per person on my inter island OGG-HNL, as you mention is a good deal, when considering luggage.
My longer flight SFO-OGG is in extra comfort.
Seems good enough for a 5 hour flight, as I have snapped up the seats where there is only single row (no one front or back).

However tempted by lie flats for SFO-OGG 😊.
Last edited by Aidan at Feb 26, 2019, 04.23 PM.
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By Aidan | Mar 11, 2019, 06:10 PM
UPDATE: Upgraded by calling and changing my tickets to First class.
Glad I don’t have to bid..
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