Kauai, Hawaii

If Hawaii is your spot, this is your year…

Sometimes there’s news so noteworthy, it changes the travel landscape. When Southwest officially starts selling flights to Hawaii, it’s will truly transform the air travel landscape between mainland US cities and Hawaii. This year has already seen a huge dip in flight prices to the beautiful islands, but if Southwest has anything to do with it, the next few months are going to drive prices way lower.

a large mountain with green vegetation on the side of a beachNew Hawaii Flights

One look at the Nā Pali coast and you’re hooked. Hawaii is a land of endless beauty, and without the need to go through customs, it’s one of the easiest accessible destinations for US travelers. For the first time in a long time, a major new competitor will enter the flight landscape from mainland cities to Hawaii, pushing American, Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian and United to compete on price, more than ever.

a blue airplane on a runway with a city in the backgroundSouthwest Enters

Southwest is strongly rumored to be launching their new direct Hawaii flights in the imminent future, after success test flights. That means prices are going to drop at a level inversely proportionate to the amount you’ll be spending on flowers. And we’re not just talking about Southwest pricing either. When one airline offers crazy low introductory prices, others tend to follow.

a white cell phone with a screen showing flight informationFind Cheap Hawaii Flights

By now you’re probably wondering: so how will I know before its too late? We’ll obviously share any amazing deals here, but you can take things into your own hands as well. Learn to become a Google Flights wizard, so you can set your own alerts and get notified by email as soon as there’s an exciting price drop for your preferred date. Hot tip: set a few series of dates.

St. Regis Kauai

The Routes To Follow

Southwest is launching flights to Kauai, Honolulu, Maui and Kona from Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Sacremento, but this will put pressure on other airlines to offer great prices from even East Coast cities. You just won’t know what you may find unless you take a serious look. And you should! Hawaii flights have dropped from the $500’s to as low as $299 this year, and this big launch could bring that number even lower.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. You’re the man Gib – thanks for the heads up.

    We have a £1k INV-LAX return in J coming up in April, I’d be happy sticking with the West Coast, but my better half wants to tag on a trip to Hawaii – will get keep an eye out tomorrow.

    Still can’t find much by the way of hotel deals – expensive couple of Islands – and hard to compete in the land of the points.

    1. Can’t vouch for the quality, but the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s is 25k points/night, and Marriott still offers 5th night free on points bookings.

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