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Southwest announces flights to Hawaii in 2018

on October 11, 2017

Yes, you read that right.  After months of speculation, and some recent confusion here in Hawaii, tonight Southwest announced they would start selling tickets to Hawaii in 2018!  The recent confusion had to do with the Hawaii Global Tourism Summit last month- for the first time, Southwest signed on as a major sponsor of the event.  Many (including me) thought that it was a clear sign of an imminent announcement regarding flights to Hawaii.  The Summit came and went without any such announcement.  But today…this!

Not too many details are available specific to Hawaii, but here are some general things to know about Southwest Airlines:

  • no change fees
  • no baggage fees
  • dedication to low fares is  known as Transfarency®
  • their frequent flyer program is called Rapid Rewards– you earn points, not miles, and they also have a co-branded credit card (right now the sign-up bonus is 40,000 points after meeting the minimum spend, but I wouldn’t run out and get it yet because they’ve offered a better 60,000 point signup bonus at least once a year for the past few years)
  • they run a program called Companion Pass: the full details are here, but here’s the good bit…it’s like the Alaska Airlines Companion Fare on steroids, lol.  Free flights for the companion for basically a whole year

    The Companion Pass allows the Member to designate an individual to fly with the Member (such designated individual, the “Companion”) on Southwest Airlines flights purchased by the Member and booked through Southwest Airlines during the Companion Pass validity period.

  • Ultimate Rewards points are transferable to the Rapid Rewards program

I’ll definitely keep on top of this and report on effective dates, possible routes, point redemption charts, and any special opening promotions they might have.  Competition is usually a good thing for consumers, so I’m pretty excited about this!


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