Southwest has definitely been facing a hard time over the past few months due to the 737 MAX aircrafts being taken out of the sky. They have 34 of these aircrafts in their fleet which is more than any of the other domestic airlines. They’ve been scrambling with last minute flight cancelations and unhappy passengers, but fortunately they ultimately canceled their routes that were scheduled to fly these aircrafts through Aug. 5th.
Unlike many of the other domestic carriers, Southwest extends their flight schedules in batches a few months at a time. As of right now their flight schedule only goes through Nov. 2, 2019, but originally on May 23rd they were preparing to extend their schedule through Jan. 5, 2020. While this date is always subject to change, I hardly ever see it changed in practice. This time around, however, they pushed back opening their Thanksgiving and Christmas flight schedules twice by close to a month. My assumption is that it had to do with the unknown with the 737 MAX aircrafts.
Although it looks like things have taken a turn for the better. Southwest just brought their schedule extension date back to May! As of today, they are scheduled to open up their calendar on May 30th (from the previously noted June 20th date). This is definitely better since many passengers are very eager to book their flights for those peak holiday dates.
I for one have been holding off making my winter break flights as I am hoping to fly Southwest. While I have flights booked on JetBlue just in case (which I can cancel due to JetBlue Mosaic status), I’d prefer Southwest as a family member can fly for free with the Southwest Companion Pass.
While the May 30th date is still subject to change (again!), I’m keeping my fingers crossed. How has this impacted your holiday vacation flights?