This is so overdue. For years Southwest Airlines has been talking about launching flights to Hawaii, though we’ve seen significant delays as they’ve gone through the necessary certification process.
Well, it is finally happening now.
Southwest Airlines flights to Hawaii now on sale
Southwest Airlines has just put flights to Hawaii on sale, and they launch in just a couple of weeks. Here’s what you should expect in terms of the schedule:
- Nonstop Oakland to Honolulu flights start March 17, 2019
- Nonstop Oakland to Maui flights start April 7, 2019
- Nonstop San Jose to Honolulu flights start May 5, 2019
- Nonstop San Jose to Maui flights start May 26, 2019
- Inter-island flights from Honolulu to both Kona and Maui start May 12, 2019
As of now Southwest has no plans to fly to Lihue, and while they’re eventually considering nonstop flights from Sacramento and San Diego to Hawaii, start dates for that service haven’t yet been published.
Fares are insanely low
The introductory fares that Southwest has are downright nuts. Fares start at just $49 or under 2,000 Rapid Rewards points one-way, so you’ll want to book ASAP. That’s insane, and basically a gift, especially when you consider Southwest offers passengers two free checked bags, and also that they’re about as “full service” as you’ll find in economy on a US airline.
Inter-island fares are even lower, and start at just $29 or under 1,400 Rapid Rewards points one-way.
The deal gets even better if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, since you can take a companion with you for just the taxes and fees, regardless of whether you’re paying cash or redeeming points.
This sure is one way to make a splash into the Hawaii market. Though I guess this kind of pricing is sort of necessary if they’re launching flights in just a couple of weeks, since a vast majority of people plan Hawaii getaways further in advance than that.
While the flights between the mainland and Hawaii are exciting, I’m also happy to see them add inter-island service. There’s a lack of competition on inter-island flights in Hawaii, so having Southwest enter the market should improve that situation, with lower fares and more options.
Happy booking! Who is planning a getaway to Hawaii on Southwest Airlines?