How Southwest Airlines Will Change The Price Of Hawaii Flights Forever

As the famous saying goes “the cat is now out of the bag“. With Southwest now offering flights to Hawaii (for rock bottom introductory prices) the industry is watching to see who else will slash their prices to stay competitive.

Today Alaska Airlines has become the first domino to fall, with a 72-hour sale for flights to Hawaii.

Alaska Airlines Aircraft
Alaska Airlines is the fifth-largest airline in the United States. Photo: Alaska Airlines.

What are the details of the Alaska sale?

Alaska is selling tickets one-way to Hawaii for as cheap as $139 each way (Saver fare, you can get a main far for another $30), between April 22 and May 22. Departing cities include:

  • Los Angeles ($149)
  • Oakland ($139)
  • Sacramento ($149)
  • San Diego ($139)
  • San Francisco ($149)
  • San Jose ($149)
  • Seattle ($179)

And these flights don’t just go to Honolulu, but to Maui, Kauai, and Kona.

The discount offering from the Alaska website. Source: Alaska Airlines

You can check out the sale here, but if you are keen to go we suggest booking fast as these cheap deals are not to last.

What about other airlines?

There are several other airlines that fly to Hawaii apart from just Southwest and Alaska, and according to Google, their prices have dropped the industry average.

Google
Source: Google Flights

We know that last month, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, lowered their fares for round-trip flights between Oakland and Honolulu departing in March. These prices don’t seem to have risen for April, which means a great deal for passengers.

Hawaiian is beating the industry average and offering flights for as low as $209 each way (or under $400 return).

Hawaiian
The current deal for Hawaiian Airlines. We have also found that through Google flights you can book through to Honolulu for $9 more. Source: Hawaiian Airlines.

Naturally, this deal actually expires in the next 24 hours and it would not surprise us here at Simple Flying if tomorrow they have a far more aggressive offer.

United and Delta seem to be fighting head to head, both offering one-way fares for around $212.

Both the United and Delta flights are price matching each other. Source: Google Flights.

We would expect them to quickly dip under the price point of $200 to remain competitive. American has yet to drop their prices further, but we expect some news in the next week or so.

Lastly, not to be left out of the fray, Sun Country has launched a sale on fares to Honolulu from Portland for only $139.

Sun Country
Source: Sun Country

Overall, we expect prices to drop one way down to at least $150, with them going on sale for as low as $100. Hawaii will never be more than $200 away as now competitors fight for your dollars.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. 

2 comments
  1. For all those youngsters who think “socialism good, capitalism bad” this is a perfect example of what capitalism does at its best: Foment competition in an industry and that eventually leads to a marketplace of only the most fit surviving. The end result is positive for the consumer, the population at large.

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