Book a Fall Getaway! Southwest Schedule Extended Through November 3, 2017

Book a Fall Getaway!  Southwest Schedule Extended Through November 3, 2017

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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.

Southwest Schedule Fall 2017
Visit New England on Southwest and See the Amazing Fall Colors!

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

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.

Southwest Schedule Fall 2017
Fly to Cuba With Southwest and Soak-Up Country’s Amazing Culture and History

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

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

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

Link:   You Can Earn the Southwest Companion Pass With Starwood Points (until March 31, 2017!)

Link:   1 Couple + 2 Cards = 2 Years of Free Flying + 7 Free Hotel Nights! (until March 31, 2017!)

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:

And now is a great time to get the Companion Pass.

And don’t forget, you can still earn the Companion Pass with Starwood points, but only through March 31, 2017!

Need More Southwest Points?

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   Chase Sapphire Reserve

Link:   Chase Ink Business Preferred

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.

Bottom Line

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!

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For those looking for Southwest flights for Thanksgiving and later, on May 18, 2017 they will next extend their schedule. This will be for flights through January 7, 2018. But remember that this date is always subject to change, so check with Southwest periodically.

Am I better to book departure now for 10/28 and add return trip at later date ?