Are you as excited about Southwest Hawaii flights as I am? Whoo hoo!
We’ve been waiting for this for a long time it seems, and it’s finally arrived.
As you get ready to plan your Hawaiian vacation on our favorite airline, here are some things you need to know.
11 Things You Need to Know About Southwest Hawaii Flights
1. Southwest Flies to 3 Hawaiian Airports (4th coming soon)
You can currently fly to three Hawaiian destinations on Southwest:
- Oahu (HNL)
- Maui (OGG)
- Island of Hawaii (KOA)
Kauai is coming soon. Its airport code is LIH.
2. Fly Nonstop From 2 West Coast Airports
Currently, you can fly nonstop from both Oakland and San Jose Airports in California.
3. Nonstop Flights Are About 5 1/2 Hours Long
To fly to Hawaii from the West Coast, you’re looking at about 5 hours and 40 minutes, according to the Southwest website.
4. Fly to Hawaii From Most Other Cities Stopping on the West Coast
You can also book flights from most of Southwest’s other destinations, but you’ll be stopping in California on the way there. It looks like they are slowly adding these flights for booking.
5. Fares Start at $49 or 1,950 Points Per Way
Amazingly, fares started from the West Coast as low as $49 per way — to Hawaii!! CRAZY!! Though reports are that the $49 initial fares are gone.
6. Use Your Southwest Companion Pass and Bring Someone FREE
If you are blessed to hold the Southwest Companion Pass (if not, take my course to learn how to get one!!), you can bring someone to Hawaii with you FREE. You’ll only pay the mandatory security fees. Oh, and you can bring them ANYWHERE you fly for however long you hold the pass, not just on this one trip…
Can you imagine paying less than $100 roundtrip for 2 people to fly to Hawaii or better yet, only 3,900 points? I could sneeze and earn 3,900 Southwest points!!
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7. Fly Interisland on Southwest Starting at $29 Per Way
Southwest will fly between Honolulu and Kahului (Maui) and between Honolulu and Kona beginning April 28 and May 5 in that order. Fares start at $29 per way.
8. Get a Bigger Snack on Your Hawaii Flight
Southwest says they’ll be serving flyers Hawaiian Islands-inspired drinks and snacks on Southwest Hawaii flights. The website says they’ll have “a snackbag full of tasty goodies.”
Sip on a free Minute Maid Pineapple Orange Juice Blend, or you can choose from alcoholic drinks like:
- Kona Longboard Island Lager
- Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum
9. You’ll Fly a 737-800 or MAX Plane With 32 Inches Legroom
Southwest says they are an industry leader with 32 inches of legroom. The MAX aircraft is their newest jet.
Here’s how to figure out which plane you’ll be flying or how to pick a flight with one of their newer planes.
10. Sorry, But Your Dog Can’t Fly to Hawaii With You
Southwest says that they will not be transporting pets to and from Hawaii, but “only service dogs assisting Customers with disabilities and emotional support dogs and cats are permitted.”
11. It’ll Cost You $75 to Bring Your Surfboard, But Bring Scuba Gear FREE
Unfortunately, surfboards are not included in the two free checked items you can bring to Hawaii (or any flight) on Southwest. You’ll need to pay $75 per way, as well as remove the keels and fins.
But be sure to bring your snorkel gear and just pack it, and they will accept scuba gear with empty air tanks as one of your two free checked items per person. Here are the full details.
Get complete details about Southwest Hawaii Flights at Southwest.com/Hawaii.