Southwest Airlines has started selling flights to Hawaii, with service starting as soon as March 17th from Oakland. Southwest kicked off the launch with promotional fares starting at $49. As you might imagine, these were snatched up within an hour or so. Now that the dust has settled, are Southwest’s new flights to Aulani a good deal for the Disney traveler?
Comparing Cash Prices
We compared Southwest’s prices to other airlines flying to Hawaii and found them to competitive. Usually, the very lowest price for a particular route in the next few months was one being offered by Southwest. In fact, we found a flight from San Jose to Honolulu for $119.
Why You Should Be Excited
Southwest is a low cost carrier, so the cash prices are going to be competitive or lower, but that’s not why you should be excited. Here’s why we’re excited:
Valuable Points & Easy to Earn
Southwest points are reasonably valuable. They’re worth about 1.5 cents each. So, a $150 flight will cost about 10,000 points. This means your points are going to stretch farther than they do with most airlines.
And, they’re easy to earn. Southwest usually has generous sign up bonuses on their credit cards, often in the 50k to 60k range.
And, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest Airlines if you have one of the cards with an annual fee like the Chase Sapphire Preferred. If you use a Chase Ultimate Rewards Strategy, you can earn tons of points on sign up bonuses and on your daily purchases by using the right cards for the right purchases.
No Bag Fees
If you’re flying to Hawaii, you’re checking a bag. If you’re a family, you’re checking more than one. Unless you have status, most airlines are going to charge you for checking a bag. Not Southwest, and these savings can really start to add up.
So, even though the promotional fares are gone, we’re excited about flying Southwest on our next flight to Aulani.