Airline change fee waivers for Hawaii hurricanes

In advance of two hurricanes – Iselle and Julio – heading for Hawaii, several airlines are offering to waive change fees for passengers who would like to cancel or change their reservations.

As always, check with your airline directly for the latest information.

Here are few of the airlines that have posted policies for change fee exemptions:

Alaska Airlines

ALASKA Hurricane

Delta Air Lines

DELTA hurricane

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaii hurricane

United Airlines

United hurricane

Museum Monday: Hawaii by Air exhibit

Hawaii by Air

Courtesy National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Dreaming of a trip to Hawaii?

So, evidently, are the curators at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

They’ve put together “Hawaii by Air,” an exhibition featuring Hawaiian travel posters, photographs and ephemera that explores how air travel to Hawaii developed and grew, how the travel experience evolved along with the airplane and how air travel changed Hawaii.

Also on display: airplane models, airline uniform badges, historic film footage, a high-resolution satellite image of the islands, broadcasts from a vintage Hawaiian radio show and live Hawaiian plants.

pan am brochure

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Hawaii, exhibition notes remind us, is one of the most remote places on Earth. It got its first air service in 1935 and, by 1936 Pan American Airways was delivering passengers on its famous flying clipper ships.

From the exhibition notes:

“Flying to Hawaii was luxurious but expensive; most people still traveled by ocean liner. That changed after World War II, when new propeller-driven airliners and then jets made travel to this remote destination much more common, comfortable and affordable. Hawaii experienced a tourism boom that exceeded all expectations.”

The exhibit runs through July 2015.

Continental Hawaii

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Airlines offer change-fee waivers for Tropical Storm Flossie

(Photo courtesy Keene Public Library, via Flickr)

(Photo courtesy Keene Public Library, via Flickr)

Hurricane Flossie is heading towards Hawaii and airlines are offering change-fee waivers for passengers whose flights – and vacations – are likely to get ruined.

Here are the airlines posting policies as a of 7 a.m. west coast time. More to come; let me know if you find others.

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

US Airways


Policies not yet posted at 8:45 am west coast time:

Hawaiian Airlines

Delta Air Lines



Student’s design lands on Alaska Airlines airplane


It must be quite a thrill to see your artwork on an airplane.

A design created by a 17-year-old high school student from Honolulu won Alaska Airlines’ latest “Paint-the-Plane” contest and on Monday a Boeing 737-800 with Aaron Nee’s “Spirit of the Islands” paint theme touched down at Honolulu International Airport.

Students across the Hawaiian Islands turned in more than 2,700 submissions for the contest and, after a team of judges narrowed down the winners to three finalists, Hawaii residents got to vote for the winner.

In addition to getting his design on the airplane, Nee won a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination and a $5,000 scholarship. 12 finalists and honorable mention winners also received prizes and scholarships.

The 2nd place winner, 12th grader Izabela Hamilton, created a design with a male and female hula dancer against a backdrop of ocean waves and mountain cliffs. The design made by the 3rd place winner, 6th grader Sophia Cleek, includes a canoe sailing around the Islands.

Alaska 2nd place plane design

Alaska 3rd place plane design

You can see more of the top designs here.