United to offer nonstop flights to Hawaii from Newark this summer

If you’re allowed to work remotely from anywhere … why not Hawaii?

The state of Hawaii, desperate to replace lost tourism dollars, certainly is in favor of it. And this summer, United Airlines is making it easier to do so.

Starting June 3, United is offering nonstops to both Oahu (Honolulu) and Maui, with prices starting in economy class for as low as $491 for Kahului Airport in Maui and $763 for Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.

United will have daily nonstop flights to Honolulu and fly nonstop to Maui on Thursday-Sunday.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday.

Prices certainly increase with class — first class seats are more than $2,000. The nonstop flights leave around 8 a.m. and arrive around 1 p.m local time. The flight will last 11 hours — approximately two hours shorter than you would travel on a connecting flight.

Of course, flying to Hawaii involves COVID-19 rules and regulations, which include a 10-day quarantine if you do not have proof of a negative test.

United announced earlier in February that customers traveling to Hawaii who have a valid negative COVID-19 test can show their results before boarding to save time and skip document screening lines upon arrival.

United said it also is making it easier to get the right tests to avoid Hawaii’s 10-day quarantine by making approved COVID-19 tests available to all customers traveling to the islands, no matter where in the U.S. their travel begins. Additionally, the airline recently introduced a new digital solution, “The Travel-Ready Center,” where customers can review COVID-19 entry requirements, find local testing options and upload any required testing and vaccination records for travel, all in one place.

Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of international network and alliances, said the airline is doing all it can to make a summer getaway easier.

“We know customers are dreaming of summer getaways, and we want United to be their top choice for travel to Hawaii,” he said. “Our new Hawaii routes from Chicago, Newark and Orange County, in addition to the dozens of flights United already operates from the mainland to Hawaii, offer travelers even more options, greater convenience and shorter travel times to the fantastic outdoor offerings Hawaii has to offer.”