Southwest Extending Their Schedule Tomorrow — Book Flights for Summer 2020


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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!

southwest schedule is extended every few months to book a southwest flight
Southwest schedule is extended every few months.

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!

Overall…

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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Joeygirl
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Joeygirl

Didn’t happen today even though their web site states August 15th. Do we know when they will open their schedule up?

Austin.Adventuress
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Austin.Adventuress

Thanks for reminding us so that we can plan ahead! Unlike some bloggers who “announce” new SWA booking dates 2-3 days after the fact ;-).

Paula
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Paula

Aug 15 was to open today did not why and when will new schedule open ?p

John
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John

Still nothing and its 9:18am EST

Cassi
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Cassi

They really are taking their sweet time today! Lol!

Lynn Benoit
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10:30 and nothing yet – I have had plenty of time this morning to search all other flights, I may just take one of those.

QT
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QT

Past 10:30 am on east coast… I’ve been up since 5 am… still no extension to the schedule. I called and they said 9:15 CST which would have been 20 mins ago. Sigh…. I love Southwest except that you can’t plan travel past 5 months… and they don’t keep their word about the extension dates… sometimes early, sometimes late.

QT
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QT

Right after I typed that, they opened up schedule… ha. But disappointed to find much higher prices than their usual. They’ve changed since starting Hawaii routes. SAD!!!

Rachel
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Rachel

Updated sometime between 10:35 AM and 11:06 AM. All “Wanna Get Away” fares on my route show as sold out. Does this mean they didn’t actually offer this fare, or that other people hit “refresh” more often than I did and bought up all the cheap tickets?

Rosemake
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Rosemake

Can you confirm when using points and you change a flight to get a refund for a lower fare that the tickets doesn’t become non refundable after that meaning no more changes or cancel without forfeiting the points because every time I try to do this I get a message saying that this ticket will now be non refundable even though it is booked with points

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