PREMISE

Southwest announced yesterday that Hawaii flights through October 1st, 2019 are available for booking! Only a year and a half after they announced their plans, but it’s finally here! Flights are now available to Oahu (HNL), Maui (OGG), and Hawaii (KOA), with Kauai coming soon (LIH Airport).

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Details – California

Southwest has activated eight airports in California to begin nonstop or connecting service to at least two of the above mentioned islands fro. Note that SFO – San Francisco International – is not on the list, most likely due to not having sufficient gates or cost. You can view Low Fare Calendars for any of the routes, easily finding the cheapest options – especially if your dates are flexible! Try it out here! I saw some $49 deals but they were gone quickly, jumping to $79, $99, and $129. I did see some midweek and Sunday $99 routes, which are a steal for a flight that’s nearly 6 hours long – as long as flying to the East Coast!

  • Oakland (OAK)
  • San Jose (SJC)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Ontario (ONT)
  • Orange County (SNA)
  • Long Beach (LGB)
  • Burbank (BUR)
  • San Diego (SAN)

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Details – Rest of the Country

For the remainder of the country, you can check out direct and non-direct flights to Hawaii via Southwest’s cool Interactive Route Search Tool. Simply click your home base or type in the airport details and you can see connecting/nonstop flights. Very easy to use. Pair it with your Southwest Companion Pass to save even more on your flights!

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Conclusion

It’s no wonder that Hawaii’s premier airline, Hawaiian Airlines, took a 11% nosedive in stock price today, wiping out over $150 million from its market cap with over 3x the normal trading volume. I’m super excited about this development, especially stacking it with my Southwest Companion Pass, but I already booked travel through H1 and may not have enough time to take off – bummer! I was also in Hawaii last August for a wedding, enjoying a wonderful time at Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Sheraton Princess Waikiki. I highly encourage you check out the deals sooner rather than later. Regardless, this increase in competition should benefit customers in the effect of lower fare pricing, so I am excited for the next time I get to go!

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