Hawaiian Airlines joins United in offering pre-flight COVID-19 tests

Sep 25, 2020

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Thursday morning, United Airlines shared plans to provide COVID-19 testing for Hawaii-bound travelers once the islands reopen to tourists (without a mandatory 14-day quarantine) next month.

I was a bit surprised that it wasn’t Hawaii’s namesake airline kicking off the initiative, given how absolutely critical testing is to getting the carrier’s operation back off the ground. Still, we didn’t have to wait long for Hawaiian Airlines to join the fight.

Friday morning, the carrier confirmed that it too would help facilitate pre-flight tests. Beginning “around Oct. 15,” Hawaiian will partner with Worksite Labs to provide drive-through PCR testing near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Related: Hawaii pushes back its reopening date to at least Oct. 15

Worksite Labs will offer the Droplet Digital PCR shallow nasal swab test for $90, with results within 36 hours, or $150 for “day-of-travel express service.”

For now, the service will only be available near LAX and SFO, though Hawaiian expects to roll it out to other U.S. gateways soon.

Currently, Hawaiian Airlines is only scheduled to offer LAX and SFO service to Honolulu (HNL) during the month of October, with Los Angeles to Kauai (LIH), Kona (KOA) and Maui (OGG), and San Francisco to Maui all joining the schedule on Nov. 2.

Sign up for TPG’s free new biweekly Aviation newsletter for more airline-specific news!

Featured photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.

Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card

Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy Bonus Points after spending $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 8/31/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
17.99% - 26.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$125
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.