Book Before Tickets Are Gone! Tomorrow Southwest’s Schedule Opens Through March 7, 2017!

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Southwest has such great deals on flights, it’s smart to book your tickets early, because if you wait too long the dates you want might be gone!

And starting tomorrow, July 7, 2016, you can book paid and award flights on Southwest through March 7, 2017. 

Because Southwest has a generous refund policy, there’s limited risk in booking before prices go up or seats sell-out.

Book Before Tickets Are Gone Tomorrow Southwests Schedule Opens Through March 7, 2017

Southwest Flies From a Number of US Cities to New Orleans, So You Can Book Your Ticket to Mardi Gras 2017 Sooner Rather Than Later!

Here are the details about Southwest’s change and cancellation policies and ways to earn more Southwest points for your trip!

Book a Trip in Early 2017 With Southwest

Link:   Southwest

Most airlines open their schedules ~11 months to 1 year in advance.  But Southwest flights are only available to book ~6 to 8 months ahead of time, and they can sell-out fast!

Tomorrow, Southwest will open its schedule for flights through March 7, 2017.  So, if you’ve been waiting to plan a getaway early next year, it’s time to book your tickets!

Some folks might have Spring Break during this timeframe.  And Southwest flies to tropical destinations like ArubaCancunCosta Rica, and Montego Bay.

Book Before Tickets Are Gone Tomorrow Southwests Schedule Opens Through March 7, 2017

Fly to Florida This Winter With Your Family on Southwest!

These dates could line up for winter break if you have kids in school!  For example, folks who teach or have children in New York City Public Schools have mid-winter recess between February 20, 2017, and February 24, 2017, so they might also be able to find a deal!

You could even book tickets to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, on February 28, 2017.

It’s a good idea to book early because if your plans change, Southwest has a great refund policy!

Southwest’s Change and Cancellation Policy

Paid Tickets

Paid Southwest tickets can be cancelled within 24 hours of booking for a full refund.  And refundable (Business Select and Anytime) fares are fully refundable within 1 year of the date of issue.  Or you can apply the value towards another ticket.

You can cancel non-refundable tickets (Wanna Get Away fares) without a fee, as long as you cancel at least 10 minutes prior to departure.  And the value of the ticket can be used towards another flight within 1 year of the original ticket’s date of issue.

Award Tickets

There are no fees for changing or cancelling an award ticket.  And the points will be immediately returned to your account.

If you fail to cancel but don’t fly on the ticket, Southwest will redeposit your points within 3 to 4 days after the date of the last flight in your reservation.

And don’t forget about my #1 favorite deal in travel, the Southwest Companion Pass.

The Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass in 8 Easy Steps

Link:   3 Mistakes That Won’t Get You the Southwest Companion Pass

You must earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year to get the Southwest Companion Pass.  Then a friend or family member can fly with you for (almost) free for up to 2 years.  You could save thousands of dollars!

Book Before Tickets Are Gone Tomorrow Southwests Schedule Opens Through March 7, 2017

Take a Friend or Loved One With You for (Almost) Free With the Southwest Companion Pass

Read my post about tricks for quickly earning the additional points you’ll need for the Companion Pass.  But be sure to avoid these 3 common mistakes!

Need More Southwest Points?

The quickest way to earn (almost) enough Southwest points for the Companion Pass is with the sign-up bonuses from the Chase Southwest credit cards.

Southwest Credit Cards

Link:   Southwest Plus (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Premier (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Premier (Business) Card

You can quickly earn lots of Southwest points with the Chase Southwest cards.  All 3 versions of the Southwest cards are currently offering 50,000 Southwest points when you meet the minimum spending.

Other benefits that come with these cards include:

  • 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

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

There are no blackout dates when you redeem points on Southwest, so as long as there are seats available for sale, you can use your points!

We don’t earn commission on the Southwest Plus Personal card or Southwest Premier Business card, but we’ll always tell you the best deals!

Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

You can transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards points you earn with the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold (no longer available), or Ink Plus directly to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio.  But they will NOT count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

Book Before Tickets Are Gone Tomorrow Southwests Schedule Opens Through March 7, 2017

Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Is a Great Way to Earn More Southwest Points for Your Next Award Flight

Bottom Line

Tomorrow, July 7, 2016, Southwest will open its schedule through March 7, 2017.  The schedule is NOT yet extended, but check tomorrow!

It’s a good idea to book before the dates you want are gone or prices go up, especially during busy travel times or big events, like Mardi Gras.  Because if your plans change, you change or cancel your flight without penalty.

And if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or family member can join you for (almost) free anytime you fly Southwest for up to 2 years!

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