Southwest Airlines Just Made It Easier (and Cheaper) Than Ever to Go to Hawaii
Get ready to say Aloha to your next vacation — Southwest Airlines announced today they are starting direct service to Hawaii from the West Coast. Introductory fares went live starting as low as $49 for a one-way flight and unsurprisingly, sold out immediately online. The affordable carrier will be adding regular fares and additional routes throughout the year (hint: use the Low Fare calendar to maximize your savings).
The first flights will be direct from Oakland to Honolulu starting March 17. Additional flights will be added to Maui starting in April and Kona in May. If you’re willing to deal with a short layover, service is also available from a number of Southern California airports like Los Angeles, Burbank, San Diego, Ontario, Long Beach, and Orange County. The direct flight rollout is below.
- Oakland to Honolulu: March 17
- Oakland to Maui: April 7
- San Jose to Honolulu: May 5
- Oakland to Kona: May 12
- San Jose-Kona: May 12
- San Jose-Maui: May 26
Southwest started the process of getting FAA approval to fly to the islands in October 2017, and now that they’ve entered the market, the hope is that by providing more flight options to Hawaii, overall flight prices will be driven down. Known for great customer services and no hidden fees, the airline is giving you another reason to take a tropical getaway. So go on and pack that surfboard; Hawaii is calling.
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Lesley Chen is a California native who writes about travel, health/fitness, and other lifestyle topics. She has a serious case of RBF and exercises mainly to balance out an aggressive candy addiction.