As Southwest Prepares Service to Hawaii, the Companion Pass Can Get You There For Less

Chris O'SheaJan 10, 2019
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Southwest Airlines originally announced that it would be adding flights to Hawaii in 2018. Now that 2018 is over, the airline is aiming for service to begin this winter — the exact time of year you might be seeking warmer locations.

The routes

When Southwest finally does launch service to Hawaii, the airline will land at the following airports:

  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Oahu.

  • Lihue Airport in Kauai.

  • Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keahole, Hawaii.

  • Kahului Airport in Maui.

The first nonstop routes to Hawaii will depart from Oakland, San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento. Everyone else will have to make a stop in one of those cities before heading to Hawaii.

A boost from the Companion Pass

If you qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, you may soon be able to go to Hawaii for essentially half-price. With a Companion Pass, you can choose one traveler to fly with you for just the cost of fees and taxes.

» Learn more: Which Southwest Airlines credit card should I get?

Currently, Southwest is offering new cardholders of the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card this welcome offer: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. Plus, earn 3X points on dining, including takeout and eligible delivery services, for the first year.

A flight to Hawaii could be a perfect way to use that Companion Pass and save you money on a trip to paradise. But is this Southwest Companion Pass sign-up bonus right for you? Here's how to figure it out.

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