We are not keeping this under cover. Southwest has been in the news recently with canceled flights, technology issues, and today a Southwest passenger who couldn’t keep their pants on and was arrested by the time they got to Phoenix. So let’s check in on Southwest Hawaii flights from the airline with “heart, hospitality and spirit” as reflected in their logo and mission.
We begin with two of our readers who were in contact about upcoming changes to Southwest Hawaii flights.
Reader Carl said, “In the latest schedule there is no longer a PHX LIH non-stop. Very disappointed about that. Planned out a trip based on the non-stop flights but will have to settle for a layover at HNL. Any idea why this is the case and if it’s just adjusted for seasonal travel?”
Reader Steven added, “Not sure if you’ve seen the new fall line up of flights. Schedule changes coming up for interisland and now bookable starting in September.”
This follows the release last week of the latest flight schedule that goes until fall 2022. The airline said, “We are currently accepting air reservations through November 5, 2022. On June 16, 2022 we will open our schedule for sale through January 4, 2023.
The following are the Southwest Hawaii flight changes reflected in the latest schedule.
Phoenix to Hawaii. Nonstop flights will be eliminated to two of Hawaii’s airports. Starting this fall, Southwest will no longer serve either Kona or Kauai directly from Phoenix. It isn’t clear whether those routes could return later, and we’ll need to wait until June to find out more when their next schedule is released.
San Diego to Hawaii. Here too, nonstop flights will be eliminated to the same two Hawaii airports and SWA will no longer serve either Kona or Kauai directly from San Diego.
Sacramento to Kona. Nonstop flights will be discontinued, at least for now, and no other airline will operate that route.
What to expect regarding prices.
Lower interisland fares, and those from the mainland, too, seem to be eroding. As Southwest and Hawaiian compete longer, they are both trying to learn to live together in a way that doesn’t totally destroy profitability flying between the islands. Thus, the current $45 fares on most interisland routes are rising to the mid-$80’s, starting in May. We don’t know if they can make those much higher airfares stick or not, given this significant new competition.
What became of the 50% Off summer flights to Hawaii?
When last we reported, mainland-to-Hawaii fares on both Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest Airlines were often running at about half-off traditional summer costs from many west coast gateways. And there’s still some good news. As just one example, Los Angeles to Maui was just $174 each way. The traditional fare on that route in the summer starts at $350 each way. And those great prices are still available from both Los Angeles (SWA, HA and others) and San Francisco (HA and others). Most of the remaining west coast gateways, however, have returned to traditional summer-high Hawaii airfares.
Will Southwest expand further in Hawaii?
The answer is that it is entirely possible, and how and where that could happen is below. We even have a surprise addition.
Book Southwest Hawaii holiday travel starting June 16!
For those of you planning an end of year holiday in Hawaii, Southwest will open reservations for that on June 16. Until then, you can only book travel through November 5, 2022.
Complete Southwest Hawaii nonstop routes:
LAS VEGAS: Honolulu. Kona. Maui. Kauai.
LOS ANGELES: Honolulu. Kona. Maui. Kauai.
LONG BEACH: Honolulu. Maui .
OAKLAND: Honolulu. Kona. Maui. Kauai.
PHOENIX: Honolulu. Kona (ending). Maui. Kauai (ending).
SAN JOSE: Honolulu. Kona. Maui. Kauai.
SACRAMENTO: Kona (ending). Honolulu. Maui.
SAN DIEGO: Honolulu. Kona. Maui. Kauai.
HAWAII INTERISLAND: Hilo. Honolulu. Kauai. Kona. Maui.
Will Southwest Hawaii expand further?
Southwest Hawaii’s expansion beyond their current routes remains unsure. However, should it resume, the following is our list of possible nonstop-to-Hawaii cities.
Palm Springs (New)
Salt Lake City
Photo credit: SWA.