If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii anytime soon, you may want to reschedule it.
The Hawaii governor is temporarily requiring all travelers entering the state to self-quarantine for 14 days in your accommodation, which means you can’t even go to the hotel pool, gym or restaurants.
Plus, readers who are there currently are reporting that while you can still enjoy the beautiful outdoors and beaches, most everything else is closed.
As a result of these changes, Southwest announced March 26 that they will be severely cutting back flights to Hawaii beginning April 5 for now.
On March 31, the airline said that these flight reductions will be in place through at least June 5.
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The Temporary Southwest Hawaii Flight Schedule
Beginning April 5, Southwest Hawaii flights will be limited to:
- 2 round-trips daily between Oakland and Honolulu
- 2 round-trips daily between Honolulu and the other Hawaiian islands Southwest serves
- 3 daily flights between Honolulu and Kahului each way
Oakland to Maui service is scheduled to return on May 21. Southwest said they chose Oakland due to the size of their operations in the Bay area.
In an announcement April 7, Southwest said service to Honolulu from Sacramento and San Jose will resume June 7. They will also begin service (for the first time) from San Diego to Honolulu on June 7.
“This change is intended to be temporary and nimble,” the announcement said.
Southwest says they recently celebrated the first anniversary of their first flight to Hawaii.
What If Southwest Cancels My Flight to Hawaii?
Read our post about Southwest’s flight cancellations to understand your rights if Southwest cancels your flight (you ARE entitled to a refund).
You may want to WAIT and see if Southwest cancels your flight first before YOU cancel it if you’d like a full refund. If YOU cancel the flight and purchased a nonrefundable ticket, you are NOT eligible for a full refund, only a Southwest travel fund if you paid in dollars (versus points).
If you DO need to cancel a Southwest flight, we’ve put together this post and VIDEO that walks you through the process online.
Southwest is also extending the expiration date of ALL Southwest travel funds (credits) generated between March 1-June 30 until June 30, 2021 to give customers plenty of time to use the credits on future travel. Ordinarily, these expire one year from the date of your original booking.
Lastly, Southwest is allowing customers to re-book flights through May 31 for no additional cost, even if the fare is more expensive, between the same two city pairs and within 60 days of the original travel date.
Do the Hawaii cutbacks affect you?