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Last month Southwest Airlines announced that they intended to serve four airports in Hawaii, which pretty much covered all four major islands. No surprise there, but what they left out in that announcement was what cities they would fly from for these Southwest Hawaii flights?
Southwest Hawaii Flights from 4 California Cities
This week, Southwest announced that they intend to have Southwest Hawaii flights from 4 cities in California, including:
- Oakland (OAK)
- San Jose (SJC)
- Sacramento (SMF)
- San Diego (SAN)
This is fantastic news for those living in the San Francisco Bay Area which serves by both Oakland and San Jose airports! No exact routes are provided yet, we will have to keep waiting.
Southwest also announced they intend to provide interisland service, which is interesting as interisland service is currently dominated by Hawaiian Airlines.
Get ready for Southwest Hawaii flights with Southwest companion pass
If you have the Southwest Companion Pass, you can take a companion to Hawaii for free. But to earn the companion pass, you need to earn 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in one calendar year.
It is much harder now to get the companion pass since you are not eligible to get a welcome offer on a Southwest personal card if you already have a Southwest personal card or if you’ve gotten a welcome bonus in the past 24 months. You are still allowed to get a personal and a business card, though all 4 of the Southwest credit cards fall under the Chase 5/24 rule.
The personal versions of the Southwest credit cards are only at 40,000 miles as a welcome offer (they’ve been as high as 60,000 miles) so I would not recommend getting those right now. The business cards ARE at a 60,000 mile welcome offer, so if you’re looking to get a jumpstart on your Rapid Rewards balance or work towards a Companion Pass, those are the ones I’d go after. You can compare those cards with other small business cards here.
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