News You Can Use – Southwest Holiday Schedule & [Targeted] 5,000 Points on Hyatt Credit Card (Expired)

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1.    Southwest booking Schedule Extended

Southwest extended their schedule and you can book flights up to January 5, 2014.

Christmas in Michigan!

Christmas in Michigan!

There is no penalty for cancelling a Southwest flight made with points (the points go back to your account when you cancel), so it doesn’t hurt to book your fall & holiday trips before you firm up your plans.  You can always cancel and rebook your ticket for no fee if the number of points required for the award drops since you booked the ticket or if your plans change.

If you cancel a paid flight on Southwest, the ticketed passenger gets a credit for the entire ticket amount (no change fees on Southwest!) which can be used for up to 1 year after the booking was made.

If you’ve got a Southwest Companion Pass, your companion will fly free with you, on BOTH paid flights or flights booked with points.  You can always book a seat for yourself, and then add your companion if you don’t currently have a Companion Pass, but plan on getting one later.

So it doesn’t hurt to book your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year travel, even if you’re not 100% sure of your plans.  Since Southwest does not charge change fees, there is no penalty for cancelling the flights and re-booking.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold and the Chase Ink Plus to Southwest in a 1:1 ratio.

2.   5,000 Points for Hyatt Credit Card Holders [Targeted]

The Chase Hyatt card has a targeted bonus of 5,000 points to cardholders who spend $3,000 (offer expired) or more on purchases with the card through June 30, 2013.

A reader received this offer via email with an enrollment code, so keep a look out for it.  All Hyatt cardholders won’t receive the bonus offer, and I’ll guess that you are more likely to receive the targeted offer if you have NOT spend a lot on the Hyatt card.


Registration (via this link or by calling 877-532-3815) is required, but if done by May 31, 2013 all purchases between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013 will be eligible toward the spending requirement.

5,000 Hyatt points may not seem like much, but it is a good start toward earning an exotic stay at one of Hyatt’s new French properties, or the Park Hyatt Goa that Emily and I visited last year.

On the other, the $3,000 spending requirement could be used towards the sign-up bonus on a new card, so do what makes the most sense for you.

Park Hyatt Goa

Emily and I at the Park Hyatt Goa

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18 responses to “News You Can Use – Southwest Holiday Schedule & [Targeted] 5,000 Points on Hyatt Credit Card (Expired)

  1. Robert Hanson

    There is no fee for canceling a ticket on SW, whether it’s a paid ticket or an award ticket. But do NOT sign up for the “early boarding” option until you are sure you will take that exact flight. The fee of $10 per person, per flight, will not be refunded if you cancel your reservation. It will not even be transferred to your new flight if you have to reschedule. They will keep the money, and they will not give any type of credit for it.

    You can add the early boarding option as little as 37 hours before your flight. Doing it that late will put you at the back of the early boarding line, but unless you are boarding a continuing flight that is already half full, and that also has lots of people boarding early on the full fare Business price, you will still get a decent choice of seats. There are no “economy extra space” seats on SW, so you don’t need to be at the front of the line.

  2. Hey Daraius – What are the rules for adding a Companion to a flight? Specifically, will they ever NOT get a seat? i.e. flight sold out? Planning on adding a companion to a flight later in the year, but it is a different person than my current companion. Thanks!

  3. @ Robert — Alas, SW now charges $12.50 for early boarding. “Per flight” should also be explained… On SW, longer flights usually require changing planes somewhere. Both ‘legs’ of the ‘flight’ would be covered by one early boarding fee.

  4. @ Mike — Talked SW about this earlier this week because the first person has to have a confirmed reservation before a Companion can be added. Was told that I should shop for flights with at least two seats, then book one, then add the Companion. According to the person I spoke to, as long as there is a seat on a plane, it can go to a Companion.

  5. Just to clarify on the EarlyBird Boarding on Southwest– if you cancel the itinerary, it is true that you forfeit the EB and will not get a refund. However, if you merely rebook, even to a different flight, the EB will stay with the reservation.

  6. I know you have addressed this before but couldn’t find the post. I am working towards the companion ticket. I have taken out two SW CC but can’t figure out on my rapid rewards acct where I find out whether these points have counted towards the companion ticket. Could you please let me know again, sorry! Also I need 5536 miles to complete the companion ticket. Where is the best value for transferring? Have miles in quite a few places.

  7. Grammar Nazi

    @MMS wrote: “Emily and I at the Park Hyatt Goa.”

    It should be: Emily and me at the Park Hyatt Goa.

  8. @ Grammar – You are wrong. MMS is correct.

  9. I received the Hyatt card offer as well, although I got it back in late March.

    • @Robert Hanson @Geno @DW– As Geno and DW point out, you can keep EarlyBird boarding if you rebook (as opposed to cancel). But it is much better to buy EB unless you’re sure that you will fly on that flight! I don’t believe you can re-book a companion (you have to cancel the companion reservation) so you may lose the EB for the companion.

      Mike @ The #hustle Blog – You can add a companion as long as Southwest is selling a seat on that flight (even if they are selling a Business Select seat).

      @Juli – All details are here!

      – It is unique, and you get the offer by mail.

      @David – I’d wait for their fare sale in June/July, but since that is peak season there may not be much of a sale. Also, you may be able to use a Southwest credit, but the credits are subject to black out dates. Southwest flies out of Midway, so it could be a hassle since Untied flies to O’Hare.

  10. How does one find the promo code for the Hyatt card offer? Is it unique to each account holder?

  11. I booked a flight on SW for 10.5k/person from ORD to SJU the morning the schedule was advanced. It was changing every minute I looked at fares to Puerto Rico between Christmas and New Years. I booked it with an understanding i gained from reading your blog that i could later add a companion once i earned a CP. Well, i got the awesome email today that i earned it and I added a companion easily. The problem is that there were no good fares for return flights. Not sure if I should buy the cheapest fare on United using cash for a non-stop or wait for a fare sale on SW. All of my searches have come up empty for a decent reward flight returning 1/1 or 1/2. $500+ one way or 50k miles is too rich for my blood. Any advice?

  12. So I need 5536 more points for the companion ticket on SW (this is in my name). My question: my husband has a Choice Privileges acct that has 1,240 points in it. Can we buy an additional 5,000 choice points in his acct and and then transfer it to my SW acct or would I need my own Choice Priv acct # in my name?

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  14. We missed the minimum spending on the Hyatt card (2 free night promotion) by accident . Anything we can do?

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