Book Your Spring Break Flights! Southwest Schedule Open Through June 3, 2016

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Southwest has now opened its schedule through June 3, 2016.

So it’s a great time to book your Spring Break flights!

Southwest flies to great Spring Break destinations like ArubaCancunCosta Rica, and Montego Bay.

Book Your Spring Break Flights Southwest Schedule Open Through June 3, 2016

Knowing You Have Your Spring Break Ticket Booked Just Might Help You Make It Through Winter

Many airlines open their schedule ~1 year in advance.  But you can only book Southwest flights ~6 to 8 months ahead of time.

Book Your Spring Break Flights Southwest Schedule Open Through June 3, 2016

You Can Now Book Southwest Flights Through June 3, 2016

What’s great about Southwest is, even if you aren’t certain of your plans, you can still book your flight now and cancel or change Southwest flights without penalty.

Plus, there’s NO blackout dates.  So if there are paid seats available you can also book an award ticket.

Bring Someone Along for (Almost) Free!

With the Southwest Companion Pass, your favorite person can fly with you on Southwest paid AND award tickets for (almost) free for up to 2 years!

This has saved me thousands of dollars!  And it’s 1 of the 10 best deals in travel.

Book Your Spring Break Flights Southwest Schedule Open Through June 3, 2016

With the Southwest Companion Pass You’ll Never Have to Fly Alone

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

And it’s easy to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

You need to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year to get the Companion Pass.  And you can get most of the way there by signing-up for 2 Chase Southwest cards.  Here are the current bonuses:

  • Chase Southwest Plus Personal Card – 40,000 Southwest points when you spend $1,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account
  • Chase Southwest Premier Personal Card – 50,000 Southwest points when you spend $2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account
  • Chase Southwest Premier Small Business Card – 50,000 Southwest points when you spend $2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account

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How to Earn Southwest Points

Here’s a look at some ways you can earn Southwest points.

1.   Paid Flights on Southwest

On paid Southwest flights you’ll earn:

  • 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

Points are earned on the base fare and excise taxes, but NOT the government taxes and fees.

Book Your Spring Break Flights Southwest Schedule Open Through June 3, 2016

You’ll Earn Up to 12 Points per $1 Spent on Southwest Paid Flights

2.   Southwest Credit Cards

Link:   Southwest Plus (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Premier (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Premier (Small Business) Card

You can quickly earn lots of Southwest points with the Chase Southwest cards.  And along with earning 40,000 to 50,000 Southwest points when you complete the minimum spending on these cards, you’ll also get:

  • 2 points per $1 you spend on Southwest flights and certain hotel and car rental partners
  • 1 points per $1 you spend on everything else
  • 6,000 Southwest bonus points (Premier cards) or 3,000 bonus points (Plus card) on your card anniversary each year
  • No foreign transaction fees (Premier cards only)

The annual fee is NOT waived ($99 for the Premier cards and $69 for the Plus card).

3.   Transfer Points From Chase Ultimate Rewards

You can transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards points you earn with the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold (no longer available), or Chase Ink Plus directly to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio.

Note:  Chase Ultimate Rewards points transferred to Southwest do NOT count towards the Companion Pass.

4.   Earn Bonus Points

You can also earn Southwest bonus points by:

If you’re working towards the Southwest Companion Pass, using the Choice Hotels Points Plus Cash trick is a cheap way to get extra qualifying Southwest points.

Book Your Spring Break Flights Southwest Schedule Open Through June 3, 2016

When You Transfer Choice Hotel Points to Southwest, They Count Towards the Companion Pass

Bottom Line

It’s a good time to book your spring travel!  Southwest’s schedule is now open through June 3, 2016.

There are lots of ways to earn Southwest points.  And if you earn the Southwest Companion Pass a friend can fly with you for (almost) free for up to 2 years!

It doesn’t hurt to book now before prices go up.  That’s because if your plans change, you can cancel Southwest flights without penalty!

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One response to “Book Your Spring Break Flights! Southwest Schedule Open Through June 3, 2016

  1. thanks to your help i’ve had the companion pass for two years and been taking full advantage of my new home (houston) and direct flights to old home (newark). looking on calendar now and seeing that there are no more direct flights from HOU-EWR…only seeing LGA. have you experienced or seen this in the past, they simply stop a route without any notice?