Island Air, a tiny airline with flights between Oahu, Maui, Lanai, and Kauai, is offering free Hawaiian food, massages, and live music at the interisland terminal at Honolulu International Airport until the end of August.
- How can you get in on the free?
“Passengers will get [free] loco-mocos [Scott: hamburger patty, egg, and gravy over rice!] from Tango on Aug. 12 and Aloha Pops on July 29 and Aug. 19.
Each Wednesday until the end of August, passengers can get free chair massages from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and live Hawaiian music will be played each afternoon on Fridays.
The new additions are part of Island Air’s strategy to improve the gate experience. In April, the airline owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, who also owns most of the island of Lanai, announced that it had installed new check-in counters and wide-screen televisions and would offer free Wi-Fi to passengers.”
Island Air flies out of the interisland terminal at Honolulu International Airport, which is easier to get into and out of than the main terminal where Hawaiian flies. It is, however, harder to connect between Island Air flights and international flights or flights to the United States mainland.
You can book Island Air flights for 6,000 United miles + $2.50 on united.com, but booking with cash or Arrival miles is generally a better deal since tickets are usually under $100 each way.
I flew Island Air one way from Oahu to Maui in January and the trip was like all other interisland flights I’ve taken: short and sweet.