Today is the big day where Southwest has extended their reservation system. You can now go ahead and book flights through March 6, 2020. Up until this point you were only able to book through January 5, 2020 which means you can now book almost the rest of your winter vacation flights, including MLK weekend, Presidents Day weekend and February break (for those on a school schedule who receive a week long vacation in February). Many times booking the day the schedule is released will give you the best deal for peak dates.
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Book Now, Cancel Later
I personally love the flexibility of Southwest because I can cancel my vacation plans with NO PENALTY! I can also continue to watch the prices of the flight and IF they go down in price I can get the difference in points back! You can read more about the exact process and steps to go about this with these blog posts: “Changing and Canceling a Southwest Flight”, “If a Southwest Flight Goes Down in Price….”, and “Seeing if a Southwest Flight Went Down in Price is Now a Lot Easier“. But essentially if you…
- Paid for the flight… You will receive a voucher for the difference in fare price to be used one year from the date the flight was originally purchased (NOT the date the change or re-price process took place). This voucher is non-transferable. The voucher will be tied to the confirmation number of the original flight. There is NO fee for this.
- Booked your flight using points… The difference in points will go back into your account immediately. The taxes paid will go back to the credit card used. Again, there is NO fee for this. This is why I love booking Southwest flights using points!
Book Now, Add Your Companion Later
If you are going for the Southwest Companion Pass, where you can fly a companion 2-for-1, you can still book your flight now and add your companion later. Once you actually receive the pass, you can go ahead and add on your companion to your reservation. Remember, your companion flies free plus taxes/fees.
Reminder: Points earned from the five Southwest credit card welcome offers will count towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass.
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card — Earn 80,000 points after you spend $5,000 on the card ($99 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card — Earn 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 on the card ($99 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card — Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on the card ($149 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card— Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on the card ($99 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card — Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on the card ($69 annual fee)
Also, if you are wondering when the next schedule extension is planned for…
We are a big Southwest family, which means the day the flight extension schedule comes out is a big travel booking day for me! I personally was able to book some great flights for my family’s February vacation. And since I am a Southwest Companion Pass holder (for the 11th year), we only need to book three flights for me, my husband and my son, and my daughter flies for free!
Where did you book?