Book Your Summer Vacation Flights Now on Southwest Airlines, Plus New Routes!


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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.

Reminder: Points earned from the five Southwest credit card welcome offers will count towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass, but make sure to time your application accordingly.

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.

Overall…

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?

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dan

yep, fares are still too high; since the travel fund does expire on the initial purch date, only book when one feels the fare is on sale

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I was very disappointed with Southwest’s high prices! Delta was $200 cheaper for a RT from SLC to HNL…and NON-stop on the way there. What a bummer.

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Same as you. I ended up cancelling our trip to Mexico as the prices over the holidays were no better than the legacy airlines. Very disappointing for my family. Oh well.

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the flights over thanksgiving are way too high. I was waiting for them to open up on May 23rd like they originally stated before I could book – should have booked with another airline. Checked yesterday and no wanna get away flights even available. We have a vacation planned in Cancun and the flights are costing more than the resort. Hope they open up more wanna get away flights.

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Do you know when they are going to start selling flights that are after June 6th?

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