By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com
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After weeks of speculation and rumors, Southwest has finally announced their intention to add flights to Hawaii beginning in 2018.
Southwest Airlines will be flying to Hawaii beginning in 2018
This is particularly great news for anyone who is in the process of earning their coveted Southwest Companion Pass, which Southwest has confirmed will be able to be used on flights to Hawaii. The Companion Pass effectively creates a “buy one get one free” scenario for flights to Hawaii, including those booked with points.
And with the ability to transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest, many points/miles enthusiasts (myself included) will now have a number of ways to earn and use points to get to the Hawaiian islands.
Companion Pass + Routes to Hawaii = 2 trips for the price of 1!
Southwest still has not released details on routes, aircraft, etc. though I would imagine we will see those in the coming weeks. Here’s to hoping they launch direct routes from the West Coast to multiple islands as well as intra-island flights.
Southwest’s entry in to the Hawaii market should also put added pressure on other carriers to slash fares, which is a win for everyone with plans to travel to the Aloha State.
I think I might have a Mai Tai to celebrate.