Hold Your Horses – Southwest Withholds Flights to Hawaii Until at LEAST Late 2018

Hold Your Horses – Southwest Withholds Flights to Hawaii Until at LEAST Late 2018

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Via Go to Travel Gal, Southwest will not be flying to Hawaii until late 2018 or early 2019. 🙁

I’m sure everyone with a Southwest Companion Pass wishes the flights to Hawaii would be starting sooner.  But for those who are trying to earn a Southwest Companion Pass valid for 2018 or 2019, this is great news!

Southwest Wont Fly To Hawaii Until Late 2018 Or Early 2019
I Don’t Know Where Southwest Will Be Flying to in Hawaii, but I’m Certain It’ll Be Beautiful!

Here’s what’s going on.

Southwest Flights to Hawaii

Link:   What to Know About Flying Southwest to Hawaii

Southwest will begin flights to Hawaii between late 2018 and early 2019.

With the extra competition of Southwest flying to Hawaii, we should start to see better deals on airfare.  Since we have ~1 year until the first Southwest flight to the Aloha State, now is the time to start earning Southwest points!

I love Southwest because there are no blackout dates on award flights, no change or cancellation fees, and 2 free checked bags on flights!  And if you earn the best deal in travel, the Southwest Companion Pass, you’ll be able to take unlimited 2-for-1 flights as long as you have it.

Earning Southwest Points

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest at a ratio of 1:1.  So you could earn the sign-up bonus on one of these cards and transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Southwest:

You will not earn the Southwest Companion Pass by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  But there are lots of ways to earn Southwest points toward a Companion Pass.  The easiest is by earning the welcome bonus from one of the Southwest credit cards:

Bottom Line

Southwest has announced they are not flying to Hawaii until late 2018 or early 2019.

This is bad news for folks who were hoping to travel to Hawaii this spring or summer.  But it also gives you more time to collect Southwest points, and maybe even earn a Southwest Companion Pass, so you can visit for extra cheap!

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I plan to visit Hawaii this December 2018. I looked at the air fare with United and it is $2,300 per person round trip. this is so ridiculous to spend that kind of money just for the air fare. Hope Southwest can come up with a much better rate.

I was just on a Southwest flight this week and the head flight attendant told me that I would be able to make reservations in January for flights to Hawaii commencing in September. He said "wait 2 or 3 weeks and you will hear the announcement."
Thanks for all you do and Happy 2018!!! Aloha!!!

Million Mile Secrets

That's good to know. Thanks for the heads-up!