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If you’re like most folks, you like to plan your holiday travel as soon as possible. That’s because prices can increase if you wait to book!
Southwest has extended their schedule through January 7, 2018. So you can now book your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years flights! Or just reserve a flight to a balmy climate away from the cold.
And Southwest has a generous refund policy, so you don’t have to worry about booking before your plans are set in stone!
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!
I’ll share the details about Southwest’s extended schedule.
Book Southwest Flights Through January 7, 2018
Link: Southwest Companion Pass
Southwest flies to lots of fun places, both domestic and international. And they continue to add more destinations! Emily and I love Southwest because of their extra friendly traveler policies, like 2 free checked bags and no change or cancellation fees.
And now you can book Southwest flights (paid and award tickets) through January 7, 2018. That means you can start reserving your holiday travel for the rest of the year!
Southwest flies to lots of tropical places, too, like Havana, Cancun, and Punta Cana.
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. Plus, you can cancel non-refundable tickets (Wanna Get Away fares) without a fee, as long as you cancel at least 10 minutes before departure. The value of the ticket can be used towards another Southwest flight within 1 year of the original ticket’s issue date.
2. Award Ticket Cancellation Policy
There are NO fees for changing or cancelling an award ticket. The points will be immediately returned to your account.
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 need more Southwest points, check out Million Mile Secrets contributor Lyn’s post on 10 unusual ways to earn Southwest points!
The Southwest schedule is now open through January 7, 2018. So it’s a good idea to book now before flight prices increase. Because if your plans change, you change or cancel your flight without penalty!
Where do you plan to go with Southwest this holiday season?