The day has finally arrived! It’s time to travel to Hawaii! We flew on Alaska Air from Philadelphia to Seattle and then Seattle to Honolulu. 2 am was when we planned to wake up and leave for the airport. Two very long 6 hour flights, each with a four-hour layover in Seattle, are on the schedule today.
Luckily we took advantage on both flights of the free hour of wifi that T-Mobile customers receive. The kids also did Lego projects, colored, and played on their electronics. Hannah, who is 7 now, and Tyler, who is 5, were troopers, but it was a pretty brutal day of traveling.
When we arrived in Hawaii, we had to sit on the tarmac before we could deplane, and as a result, poor Tyler finally lost it and shouted, “I can’t take it anymore! Get me off of here!” 12 hours of nonstop flying with a 4-hour layover is exhausting. Traveling to Hawaii during Covid with young children is not easy but definitely doable if you plan.
Traveling to Hawaii during Covid
Hawaii’s travel restrictions are some of the most stringent in the United States. We were the first group of travelers to enter Hawaii without needing a Covid test because we are fully vaccinated. All of our information was entered on the Safe travels website beforehand, and we brought both our Covid cards, but we never needed to show them to anybody once we got to Seattle. They say it is better to be safe than sorry, and we wanted to be prepared just in case, but we only needed the QR code on the Safe Travels website.
Hawaii Safe Travels
Alaska Air has a Pre-Clear Program that allows you to get your Safe Travel profile checked in Seattle by the gate agent before you board to Hawaii, allowing you to bypass screening once you land. The Alaska gate agent checked our Safe Travels QR code and gave us a green wristband that showed we were clear to explore the island without dealing with Hawaii screening agents.
Alaska Air Pre Clear
Alaska Air’s Pre-Clear Program was a huge time saver for our family, and I highly recommend traveling on Alaska Air to take advantage of this free program. We saw so many families that did not, and because of not planning, they were stuck trying to find documents once they landed. Don’t let Hawaii’s travel restrictions ruin your trip. Plan, and you will be on the beach getting that tan in no time!
Our next article will cover day 2 of our trip and the beautiful Marriott Ko’Olina Beach Club resort. Ensure you enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
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