Book Spring Travel: Southwest Schedule Open Through June 5, 2015

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You can now book paid and award tickets on Southwest through June 5, 2015 (instead of April 6, 2015).  So if you’re planning a Spring tripyou can book those flights now!

Southwest now flies to international destinations like Mexico, Aruba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas.

Book Spring Travel Southwest Schedule Open Through June 5, 2015

You Can Fly Southwest Internationally to Places Like Cancun

Most airlines open their schedule ~11 to 12 months in advance, but Southwest only opens their schedule ~6 to 8 months in advance.

Book Spring Travel Southwest Schedule Open Through June 5, 2015

You Can Now Book Southwest Flights Through June 5, 2015

Southwest Companion Pass

With the Southwest Companion Pass, your companion will fly with you for almost free, on BOTH paid and award tickets!

You can book a seat for yourself, and add your companion later if you don’t currently have a Companion Pass.

Here’s a post with all you need to know about the Southwest Companion Pass!  You get the Companion Pass after earning 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points in a calendar year.

And all 4 Southwest cards are offering 50,000 Southwest points.

Ways to Earn Southwest Points

1.   Paid Flights on Southwest

You’ll earn points when you fly Southwest on paid (NOT award) flights.  Southwest calculates points on the base fare and excise taxes, but NOT the government taxes and fees.

  • Business Select Fares:  12 points per $1 you spend
  • Anytime Fares:  10 points per $1 you spend
  • Wanna Get Away Fares:  6 points per $1 you spend
Book Spring Travel Southwest Schedule Open Through June 5, 2015

You’ll Earn Miles Based on Fare Paid, NOT Distance Flown

2.   Southwest Credit Cards

Link:   Southwest Premier (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Premier (Business) Card

Link:   Southwest Plus (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Plus (Business) Card

I’ve written about the Chase Southwest credit cards and how you can use them to earn LOTS of Southwest points.

All 4 versions of the Southwest card are currently offering 50,000 Southwest points after meeting the minimum spending.  

You can earn 1 point per $1 you spend on regular purchases, and 2 points per $1 you spend on Southwest and certain hotel and car rental partners.

50,000 Southwest points are worth ~$710 in Southwest flights or $500 in gift cards.  There are no blackout dates when you redeem points on Southwest, so you can book as many seats as Southwest is selling!

3.   Transfer Points From Chase Ultimate Rewards

You can instantly transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, (no longer offered) Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio.

Book Spring Travel Southwest Schedule Open Through June 5, 2015

You Can Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Southwest Instantly

Note:  Transferring points directly from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest does NOT count towards the Companion Pass.

I prefer earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points and only transferring the points to Southwest when I need them.  That’s because I can earn 2X points on all travel and dining with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and 5X points on wireless, telecom, and office supply stores with the Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus.

4.   Earn Bonus Points

There are lots of other ways to earn extra Southwest points.  You don’t need to have a Southwest credit card to earn bonus points from shopping, dining, participating in partner promotions, or by transferring hotel points.

You can get 1,000 extra Southwest points ordering flowers through 1-800-Flowers.com.

Book Spring Travel Southwest Schedule Open Through June 5, 2015

You Earn Southwest Points Buying Flowers

These are also great ways to earn the extra points to get the Southwest Companion Pass!

Bottom Line

Southwest schedule is open through June 5, 2015.

It doesn’t hurt to book your Spring travel now, even if you’re not 100% sure of your plans.

That’s because if you cancel a paid Southwest flight, they’ll give you a credit for the amount, good for 1 year.  Or if you book Southwest flights with points, you’ll get them refunded.

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6 responses to “Book Spring Travel: Southwest Schedule Open Through June 5, 2015

  1. SWA opened bookings at midnight on November 10. That’s what – nearly a week ago. Interesting that you’d wait so long to share this important info with your readers. To be fair, you’re the first blogger that I’ve even seen even mention that SWA opened additional booking dates (I always tell my friends before SWA dates open so that they can make their bookings the day of). Anyhow, this is something that “newbies” should think very carefully about 😉

  2. Even though SW now flies to some international destinations, you still can’t go from their closest departure point of FLL. So frustrating!

  3. I just got 2 southwest cards. Do I need to wait to spend on them until mid December to make sure all spending is not posted until 2015? Thanks for the tips.

  4. What is the best way to be informed of when SWA opens up bookings for future dates? I am wanting to book for mid October 2015 and want to be able to book on the first day it becomes available.

    • @Susan – Perhaps you can email me the next time it opens and no one writes about it! 🙂

      @ betsyg – I’d wait until the December statement is complete and then do the spending.

      @Jill Anderson – Check their website for updates.

  5. Several of the international flights are not showing as available after April 8th. A call and email to SW shows that they are may not be continuing these flights. Super bummer since I had saved up points for Montego Bay for May.