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Planning a Spring 2017 getaway?
You can now book paid and award flights on Southwest through May 8, 2017.
Southwest flies to fantastic destinations domestically and internationally. Like Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles, and many others! You can now even book Southwest flights to Cuba!
Here are the details about Southwest’s schedule update and info about their generous refund policy!
Book a Spring 2017 Trip With Southwest
You can now book Southwest flights through May 8, 2017.
This is great for folks looking to book Spring break trips. Because Southwest flies to tropical destinations like:
- Cabo San Lucas
- Costa Rica
- Montego Bay
- Puerto Vallarta
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. You could save 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 Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card
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!
And remember, you can now earn the Companion Pass With Starwood Points!
Need More Southwest Points?
Link: Chase Sapphire Reserve
You can transfer the Chase Ultimate Rewards points you earn with the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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.
Remember, if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase travel portal for 1.50 cents each. This might be a better deal than transferring points directly.
The Southwest schedule is now open through May 8, 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 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!