If you’ve been dreaming of a Hawaiian vacation, now may be the time to finally book your trip. Thanks to an airfare war, flights to the islands from California via Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines recently dropped below $300, and on Feb. 27, low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines announced that it had secured FAA approval to begin offering flights to Hawaii. Now. the tickets are available to book on Southwest.
Through March 5, the airline has an introductory sale with prices on flights to Hawaii as low as $49 each way. The promo is available for travel dates between March 19 and June 19.
“As our first flights go on sale, I want to recognize and thank our People who successfully obtained FAA authorization to operate this service across the Pacific between the mainland and the Hawaiian Islands,” Mike Van de Ven, Southwest Airlines’ chief operating officer, said in a statement. “From our work with airports under the direction of the State of Hawaii, to our California airports, and to all business partners who collaborated with us to safely prepare our operation, we gratefully share our thanks.”
Check out the airline’s official announcement on its Instagram account:
Service between Oakland, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii, begins on March 17. An inaugural flight from Oakland to Kahului will take place on April 7. A number of other flights will be added in the coming months through May 12.
In addition to departures out of Oakland, the new routes will eventually include flights from San Jose, California. Interisland service between Honolulu and Kahului begins on April 28. The company will also offer interisland service between Honolulu and Kona, which will kick off on May 12.
Check out the complete schedule on the Southwest websites. All flights will take place on 175-seat Boeing 737-800s and 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
The airline has been teasing plans to offer flights to Hawaii, as seen on its Instagram account below:
“Beyond these introductory fares that celebrate our significant initial investment in serving the Islands, our Hawaii Customers will experience our everyday value in low fares that offer everybody the same brand standards: no fees to change your ticket and two checked bags fly free*,” Tom Nealon, Southwest Airlines’ president, said in a statement. “We’re focused on bringing Hawaii an authentically Southwest experience with comfort across all seating—for every Customer—along with in-cabin snack enhancements for our flights between the State of Hawaii and the U.S. mainland.
Will you take this opportunity to book a Hawaiian vacation?