Buddy passes are almost the last people to get on the airplane if they
get on at all.
With that in mind another alternate plan is order:
If stuck on the Big Island then fly to Oahu where there are
more flights with larger aircraft to increase you chances of getting on.
I always considered Buddy Passes to be a form of a cruel gift !
A post by Kay45 had a good point made to buy a reservation ticket and
forget the Buddy Passes. You have a confirmed seat and don’t have to
worry about standing by for fruitless flights. The lowest fare is often
just a few dollars more than the buddy pass if purchased a few months
in advance of travel and another thing you will at least be able to
sit together rather than be assigned seats from a standby list that may not be.
Of course this purchase of a reservation ticket does have some drawbacks
like baggage fees (except if done with an affinity Delta credit card)
and unlike the buddy pass if not used it can not be refunded. But you
made the reservation and where planning to go weren’t you ?
With the Buddy passes you are stuck on Delta – with Kayak or other websites
you can search for the lowest fare on a multitude of airlines perhaps even
less expensive than Delta’s.
Another thing to consider for travel to Hawaii is that the flights are not
so heavy in late spring and in the autumn. Beware of Spring Break and any
holiday time most importantly Thanksgiving and the Presidents holidays.
Christmas and New Years it is possible to slip thru the cracks but don’t
get your hopes up.
Still bent on using a cheap buddy pass – think about using the pass from
an interior city i.e. Atlanta Chicago Denver Salt Lake to a west coast city i.e.
Los Angeles San Francisco Seattle – then use the cheap reservation ticket
round trip to the island and returning use to pass again on the last leg.
Do the math and see if this fits and is worth it or just simply buy the
reservation ticket and be done with it. Avoid buying ONE-WAY tickets with
no breaks paying full fare !
“Friends don’t give their friends Buddy Passes” !