Adding Southwest flights to Hawaii is just about as good as it gets. Two of my favorite things in travel are joining forces. Southwest Airlines and Hawaii are getting together! Southwest just announced that they will soon be offering flights to the four main islands of Hawaii, starting in late 2018 or early 2019. I would guess it will be early 2019, but maybe I’ll be in for a good surprise. The destination airports that they will be adding are Kahului, Maui (OGG), Kona-Kailua, Hawaii (KOA), Lihui, Kauai (LIH), and of course Honolulu, Oahu (HNL). By far, these are the most frequently used airports in Hawaii so it makes sense why they chose them. Budget travel to Hawaii just became a little bit easier!
Finally! Southwest Flights to Hawaii are Announced
Now that the destinations are no longer a secret, it brings up a few new questions. First of all, where will the direct flights be departing from? Will they offer inter-island flights? And, how often will they fly these routes? If I had to take a guess on these three questions, I would say no on inter-island flights, one flight per day for each departure/destination pair, and as for departure airports they could be SEA, PDX, SFO and LAX. Along with these airports you could possibly throw the other Bay area airports and San Diego into the mix. Time will tell. I’m hoping for PDX as I live in Oregon.
Budget Hawaii just got easier
I’ve been waiting for this day for years, and absolutely love that there will be Southwest flights to Hawaii. I’ve been to the islands on average, at least once a year since I started travel hacking and I don’t plan on stopping. It’s a magical place, and my favorite on Earth. Having these new routes available to go along with a Southwest Companion Pass will allow for some extreme deals and savings! Just think, buy one get one free flights to Hawaii for two consecutive years! That’s incredible in my book. I might just have to bump that number up to two Hawaii trips per year.