Today is the big day where Southwest has extended their flight schedule. You can now go ahead and book flights through August 10, 2020. Up until this point you were only able to book through June 3, 2020 which means you can now book the rest of your summer flights — including July 4th weekend. Many times booking the day the Southwest flight 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!
Remember, Southwest will now track your Travel Fund vouchers for you, so you no longer have to manually keep track.
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 for free plus taxes/fees. This is a great way to take advantage of todays prices with the Southwest flight schedule release and have your companion fly for free.
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. ($69 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. ($99 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. ($149 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Premier Credit Card: Earn 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months. ($99 annual fee)
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card: Earn 70,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months. ($199 annual fee)
Also, if you are wondering when the next Southwest flight schedule extension is planned for: On Feb. 13, 2020 they will open up their schedule for flights through Oct. 7, 2020.
New Routes Announced with Southwest Flight Schedule Release
Typically when schedules are released, new routes are also announced. At this point, Southwest has not yet communicated these new additions, but I will make sure to update this post later today when they do.
We are a big Southwest family, which means the day the flight extension schedule comes out is a big travel booking day for me. Since this go-around is actually for summer vacations, I am actually not booking any flights. We like to stay local in New England during the summer, and Southwest can’t take us on our big trip to Europe.
Where did you book?