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Planning a vacation this summer? Good news! You can now book paid and award flights on Southwest through August 14, 2017.
Southwest flies to a number of great destinations in the US and internationally that would be perfect spots for a summer getaway.
Plus, I love Southwest because everyone gets 2 free checked bags, there aren’t any change or cancellation fees, and a companion can travel with you for almost free if you have the Southwest Companion Pass.
Here are the details about Southwest’s schedule update and more information about their generous refund policy!
Book a Summer Trip With Southwest
You can now book Southwest flights (paid and award tickets!) through August 14, 2017.
Lots of folks plan trips over the summer, because the weather is great and the kids are out of school!
Plus, Southwest is also adding more flights and destinations to its current schedule. Like daily round-trip flights between Fort Lauderdale and Belize, non-stop flights between San Francisco and Portland, and more!
And with Southwest, you can fly relatively inexpensively to spots like the Dominican Republic, Aruba, the Bahamas, and even Cuba.
Just remember, it’s a good idea to book early, especially during the peak summer travel season, because if your plans change, Southwest has a great refund policy! And if fares go down, you can always cancel and re-book at the lower price.
1. Paid Ticket Cancellation Policy
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.
2. Award Ticket Cancellation Policy
There are no fees for changing or cancelling an award ticket. And the points will be immediately returned to your account.
Southwest Companion Pass
To get the Southwest Companion Pass, you must earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year. Then a friend or family member can fly with you for (almost) free for up to 2 years.
It can save you thousands of dollars!
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 like the:
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card
- Southwest Premier (Personal) Card
- Southwest Premier (Business) Card
Need More Southwest Points?
Link: Chase Sapphire Preferred
Link: Chase Sapphire Reserve
You can transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards points you earn with the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, Ink Business Preferred, and Chase Ink Bold Ink Plus (no longer available) directly to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio. But they will NOT count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.
And if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase travel portal for 1.5 cents each. This can be a better deal than transferring points directly.
The Southwest schedule is now open through August 14, 2017.
It’s a good idea to book before the dates you want are gone or prices increase. Because if your plans change, you change or cancel your flight without penalty. And summertime is a notoriously busy travel time!
Plus, 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!