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Connecting in HNL and KOA

Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:29 am

I recently redeemed my United miles for a trip to Kauai this August. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to find Saver awards in both directions on reasonable dates, however they required an interline connection between UA and HA (which is kind of a plus for me as I'll get to fly on a 717 for the first time).

My outbound flights are SFO-HNL on UA and HNL-LIH on HA. Return is LIH-KOA on HA and KOA-SFO on UA.

I assume my flight to HNL will arrive at the Overseas Terminal and the inter-island flight will depart from the Interisland Terminal. Are those two terminals connected behind security? I've got nearly 3 hours to connect, but I'd rather not have to go through another TSA screening if I don't have to.

For the return flights, I see that KOA has two "concourses", and I read somewhere that there were plans to connect them behind security. Has then been completed, or should it be by August? From what I could glean from looking at each airlines' websites it looks like they're in different concourses there.
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Re: Connecting in HNL and KOA

Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:45 pm

No problem at HNL, it's just a nice long-ish walk, part of which will be outdoors. In KOA HA and UA are in different facilities (it would be a stretch to call them 'concourses') and you will have to go thru security there. KOA is a nice airport, very Hawaiian.
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Re: Connecting in HNL and KOA

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:23 pm

I find it “interesting” that your return is via KOA not HNL. I presume HA will transfer your bag for you. In that case, you will exit baggage claim, make a left, and and take a short walk north in the sun to the UA terminal. You will go thru security again. Kona is very uncrowded generally. I have seen exceptions if there are delays or cancellations.

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