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Have you been waiting to plan your fall travel? Good news! Southwest has opened their schedule through November 3, 2017.
So you can now book your Labor Day, Columbus Day, or Halloween getaways. Or book an early fall trip somewhere warm, and avoid the summer crowds!
Southwest flies to lots of fun places in the US, and even some international destinations! Plus, Emily and I love Southwest because of their extra friendly traveler policies, like 2 free checked bags and no change or cancellation fees.
I’ll give you the details about Southwest’s extended schedule. And more information about their generous refund policy!
Book a Fall Trip With Southwest
Link: Southwest Companion Pass
You can now book Southwest flights (paid and award tickets) through November 3, 2017.
So if you’re looking to visit the kids at college this fall, plan a trip for Halloween, or check out the fall colors somewhere new, now is a good time to book your tickets!
And with Southwest, you can fly relatively inexpensively to spots like Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Miami, and even Cuba.
It’s a good idea to book your Southwest tickets as far in advance as possible. If your plans change (or the price of your ticket drops), you can change or cancel your flight without penalty.
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 or 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 November 3, 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 lots of folks travel during the fall for things like homecoming weekends and autumn leaf tours.
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!