For the last time, NO.
The primary reason is that Hawaii has probably the highest percentage of leisure travelers of any US destination. WN
serves some leisure destinations, true, but none as leisure-oriented as HNL
To understand why WN
will likely never do this high-leisure route, you must understand the Rapid Rewards program. Unlike other airlines that limit reward travel to a few seats on each flight, a WN
reward ticket is good for any seat on any flight (with a few blackout dates). It is not hard to get a free ticket on WN
, all you have to do is fly 8 round-trips (or 4 round-trips if they are booked online; this is a recurring promotion). Under this system, you could fly AUS
(140 miles) round-trip 4 times, and you could redeem a free ticket to Hawaii. Just about all of WN
's tickets to Hawaii would probably be booked this way. Therefore, if WN
were to start Hawaii service, it would either have to take a huge loss by generating minimal revenue on the flights, or restrict the use of Rapid Rewards tickets on the flights. The former isn't going to happen, and the latter would probably make passengers angry, which WN
doesn't want to do. I just don't see it happening.