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Southwest Airlines debuts flights to Hawaii

Service from California to Hawaii set to begin March 17

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If your idea of a dream vacation includes flying to a tropical location for a low price, you’re in luck: Southwest Airlines has officially begun selling tickets to Hawaii.

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If your idea of a dream vacation includes flying to a tropical location for a low price, you’re in luck: Southwest Airlines has officially begun selling tickets to Hawaii. With flights starting at just $49 one-way, passengers can depart from Oakland or San Jose, California and arrive in Honolulu or Kahului, Hawaii beginning March 17. The low fare is part of a two-day launch sale that ends at 11:59 pm PST on March 5, 2019.

Launching additional routes

According to Southwest’s website, more routes will be added in the coming months, including inter-island flights between Honolulu and Kahului on April 28. As part of the sale, one-way inter-island flights are available for as low as $29 through March 5.

See additional upcoming routes and launch dates below:

Flights from Oakland (OAK):

  • Nonstop service to Oahu (HNL) starts March 17
  • Nonstop service to Maui (OGG) starts April 7
  • Connecting service to Kona (KOA) starts May 12

Flights from San Jose (SJC):

  • Nonstop service to Oahu (HNL) starts May 5
  • Connecting service to Kona (KOA) starts May 12
  • Nonstop service to Maui (OGG) starts May 26

Flights from Los Angeles (LAX):

  • Connecting service to Oahu (NHL) starts March 24
  • Connecting service to Maui (OGG) starts April 28

Flights from Orange County (SNA):

  • Connecting service to Oahu (NHL) starts March 24
  • Connecting service to Maui (OGG) starts April 28

Flights from Long Beach (LGB):

  • Connecting service to Oahu (NHL) starts March 24
  • Connecting service to Maui (OGG) starts April 28

Flights from Burbank (BUR):

  • Connecting service to Oahu (NHL) starts March 24
  • Connecting service to Maui (OGG) starts April 28

Flights from San Diego (SAN):

  • Connecting service to Oahu (NHL) starts March 24
  • Connecting service to Maui (OGG) starts April 28

If your flight isn’t originating in California, you can view additional connecting markets here.

Use your points to fly

If you are a Southwest Rapid Rewards member, you may choose to redeem your points for flights to Hawaii instead of paying cash. Southwest has three fare tiers: Wanna Get Away, Anytime and Business Select – with Wanna Get Away fares offering the best value. For example, we estimate each Rapid Rewards point to be worth 1.6 cents when redeemed for Wanna Get Away fare. By contrast, points are worth approximately 1.1 cents each when redeemed for an Anytime fare, and 0.9 cent when redeemed for Business Select fare. This means that you can book the $49 one-way ticket from California to Hawaii for as low as 3,063 points and $5.60 in taxes and fees.

Best way to earn a large influx of points

Southwest offers a variety of ways to earn Rapid Rewards points. By becoming a Rapid Rewards members, you can earn points when you fly with Southwest Airlines, stay at a partner hotel, dine at participating restaurants and shop through the Rapid Rewards shopping portal.

However, the best way to earn a large influx of points in a short period of time is to sign up for a Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, a Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card or a Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card. In addition to giving you 2 points per dollar on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases and 1 point per dollar on everything else, each card offers 40,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first three months of card membership. When redeemed for airfare, the 40,000-point bonus will be worth more than $600 – which can translate to several one-way flights to Hawaii.

Average point valueValue of 40,000-point sign-up bonus
Wanna Get Away fare1.6 cents$640
Anytime fare1.1 cents$440
Business Select fare0.9 cent$360

To book a flight to Hawaii, or to view fares and schedules, visit Southwest.com/Hawaii.

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