Today is the big day where Southwest has extended their reservation system. You can now go ahead and book flights through January 5, 2020. Up until this point you were only able to book through the beginning of November which means you can now book Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and most importantly Christmas vacation week!
Unfortunately, Southwest did not release any Wanna Getaway fares for many peak dates around Thanksgiving and December school break. I personally was not able to find any great fares from my home airport flying out the day school gets out. Although I was able to book decent flights home. I am hoping that this is not the new normal for Southwest. Last year, I booked the exact same flights for the exact same time period and spent about a third of the points.737 MAX 8 aircrafts grounded (Photo by Ralph Freso, Getty Images)
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 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. Although, you might want to cancel and rebook. 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. Even if you are not officially a companion pass holder just yet, but know you will be within a month or two, you can still book the first passengers flight now. 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 four Southwest credit card welcome offers will count towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass. Right now, all cards are offering a 60,000 point offer after meeting the minimum spend requirement — Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Premier Credit Card
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! Although, I must admit, I am slightly disappointed with the prices I saw.
Where did you book?