Southwest works very differently than most other US carriers. Instead of having their flight schedule available 330 days out, they push out their booking window in batches a few months at a time. As of right now, you can only book Southwest flights through June 6, 2020. Starting tomorrow, however, Southwest will extend their reservation schedule through August 10, 2020. Get ready to book most of your summer 2020 flights!
Book with the new southwest schedule
From past experience, booking the day the schedule is released could get you the best prices for peak travel dates. For this release, this could mean right when school gets out or July 4th weekend.
Since Southwest has no change or cancelation fees, you can book now and cancel later. This also means if a Southwest flight drops in price, you can get the difference back simply by going through the process of “changing” your flight. If you pay for your flight, you’ll end up with a Travel Fund voucher if you cancel or if the price goes down. But, if you use points, the points will simply go back into the account they were booked from. Here is the break-down:
- Paid for the flight. For non-refundable fares, you will receive a voucher for the difference in fare price (or full fare price if you are canceling). This Southwest Travel Fund voucher can be used one year from the date the flight was originally purchased. This is not the date the change/cancelation took place. This voucher is non-transferable and is tied to the original confirmation number of the original flight. For refundable fares, you will receive the difference in fare price back to the credit card used. Regardless of the fare type, there is no fee.
- Booked your flight using points. The difference in points will go back into your account immediately. Again, there is no fee for this. This is why I love booking Southwest flights using points!
As of now, the Southwest schedule extension should be on Dec. 11, 2019. If you are planning on booking a flight for the rest of June, all of July and into August, I suggest being on your computer early in the morning to book those peak flights. Southwest doesn’t have a set time on when the schedule is released and I’ve seen it as early as 6am EST and as late as 11am EST. Make sure to be available and refresh your screen every few minutes to increase your chance of scoring a cheap fare
I’ll be sure to let you all know tomorrow when the schedule is officially extended.
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