Guess what? We are getting super close to Southwest launching Hawaii flights! I know many of you are chomping at the bit :).

On February 5, Southwest completed their first test flight to Hawaii that shows us we are finally at the end of the government approval process.

While the original plan was to begin selling tickets in late 2018, the federal government took longer than expected to go through the approvals process. Then, we had the January government shutdown, which further delayed things.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly recently stated that if the government shutdown ended about the time it did, that they were looking at March to launch flights.

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Credit Southwest Airlines; Yes, that’s Diamond Head in the background 😉

On a Southwest flight on December 7, 2018, I chatted with a flight attendant who said Southwest appears ready to go as soon as they get the green light. He indicated everything is set up in Hawaii; everyone’s just waiting on the super slow federal government.

But, hey, safety first, so if it’s take a bit more time, it’s A-OK by me. 🙂

So that’s what we know … Fingers crossed it happens soon!

For all the latest information on Southwest and Hawaii, including departure cities, inter-island service, food service and more. Check out my post below:

—> Does Southwest Fly to Hawaii?

Southwest Airlines Hawaii Flights

Credit Southwest Airlines

Get Your Southwest Companion Pass to Fly 1 Person With You to Hawaii FREE!

While we wait, it’s time to make a plan to get your Southwest Companion Pass for 2019, which lets one person fly free with you.

If you can take advantage of the current UNPRECENTED OFFER (ends Monday, February 11, 2019) to earn a Companion Pass by signing up for just 1 personal Southwest card and spending $4,000 in 3 months, you could be bringing someone FREE with you to Hawaii THIS YEAR. Yep!

And keep in mind, you don’t need to have your Companion Pass in hand when they release flights for booking. You can always add your Companion later, once you have earned the Companion Pass, so long as there is a seat available on the plane.

Get your flight now, add your Companion later!

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