Southwest has recently extended its schedule and has added direct flights from San Diego to both Honolulu and Maui in Hawaii. I’m seeing good availability in both May and in early June for $129 / 8,188 Rapid Rewards points each way.
- Southwest Airlines has added direct routes from San Diego to both Honolulu and Maui in Hawaii
This is obviously great news for those hoping to leverage their Southwest Companion Pass for flights to Hawaii as this should open up additional options for connecting to Hawaii for those with direct flights to San Diego as well.
I’m seeing introductory prices at $129 each way that are widely available in May and early June.
Alternatively, the cheapest flights can be booked for 8,188 points each way.
Keep in mind that Southwest recently announced an increase in the required points to earn the companion pass in 2020, so if you are hoping to pick up your pass sometime next year you will need an additional 15K points. That said, you could certainly book one ticket now and then add your companion in the future after you have earned the companion pass (if you don’t already have a pass valid through December 2020). For complete details on the pass, see our Complete Guide to the Southwest Companion Pass.
Overall, more Southwest flights to Hawaii is probably good news for everyone as it means more options for Southwest flyers and more competition for everyone else. Keep in mind that Southwest also has incredibly reasonable prices for inter-island flights, especially when you consider that their fares include 2 free checked bags (whereas you’ll pay on Hawaiian).