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Southwest Airlines flights to Hawaii start March 17; tickets on sale from $49

Kristin Finan
A Southwest Airlines jet takes off from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. [File photo]

If you've been excited to learn more details about Southwest Airlines' new service to Hawaii, the wait is over. Tickets are officially on sale —and they're cheap.

The first available route, from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, begins service on March 17, with numerous flights available in March, April, May and June for $49 each way. Prices rise during the peak summer months of July and August. Service from Austin to Oakland in April and May starts around $167 each way.

According to the Southwest website, service from Oakland to Maui begins April 7 and service to Kona starts May 12. Nonstop service from San Jose, California, to Honolulu starts May 5 and to Maui starts May 26. Tickets are on sale for those routes, too, and also start at $49.

Additional Hawaii routes are expected to launch soon out of San Diego and Sacramento.