Airlines Drop Prices to Compete With Southwest’s Cheap Flights to Hawaii

Other airlines unleashed reduced rates of their own.
  • Southwest Airlines is now connecting the mainland and Hawaii with low-cost routes.
  • On March 4, the carrier announced a $49 flash sale for one-way tickets from California to Honolulu that sold out in a matter of hours.
  • Fares for flights to the Aloha State are likely to come down across airlines.

Hawaii isn’t a destination typically known for being budget-friendly, but Southwest Airlines made it possible to fly to the Aloha State for less than $50.

Beginning March 17, the low-cost carrier will fly routes between California and Hawaii. As part of a March 4 announcement, Southwest held a two-day flash sale for select inaugural flights from California’s Oakland and San Jose airports to Hawaii’s Honolulu and Kahului airports for as low as $49 for one-way airfare. Vacationers and sun worshippers went wild for the eye-catching $49 deal, and tickets sold out within hours.

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Although the best deals are long gone, deal hunters who are determined to cross Hawaii off of their bucket lists can search through deals for September, when one-way fares hover around $175.

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Alternative Ways to Get to the Aloha State

A Hawaiian vacation on the cheap is still possible, as other airlines quickly followed Southwest’s lead by unleashing reduced rates of their own for flights to the state. Beyond Southwest, low-cost options are available through carriers like Sun Country Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Sun Country Airlines, the Minnesota-based low-cost carrier, has established routes from Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles to Honolulu for as low as $173 from Los Angeles in May. Competitively priced Alaska Airlines offers its own Los Angeles to Honolulu route for as low as $179 for a May departure.

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Southwest’s landfall in Hawaii signifies an airline industry-wide trend for lower fares among all carriers, not just budget liners, to the island state and could drive down the one-way price by $45 in markets with nonstop service.

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