Book Summer Travel: Southwest Schedule Open Through August 14, 2017

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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.

Book Summer Travel Southwest Schedule Open Through August 14 2017
Southwest Has Extended Their Schedule, So You Can Enjoy the Beautiful Cuban Culture Like Emily Did Last Summer!

Here are the details about Southwest’s schedule update and more information about their generous refund policy!

Book a Summer Trip With Southwest

Link:   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.

Book Summer Travel Southwest Schedule Open Through August 14 2017
You Can Use the Companion Pass Anywhere Southwest Flies Including the Beaches of Aruba, Bahamas, Jamaica, and Mexico

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

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, because all 3 Southwest cards are offering a 50,000 Southwest point sign-up bonus after meeting minimum spending requirements!

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 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 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!

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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@ ak_NYC.

All of those flights would have a connection in some place like HOU, ATL, etc. Most likely the flight from your destination is an afternoon flight getting into the US early evening and there is not another flight that night to LGA. Some of their intl destinations fly through BWI, so i would think they would probably have a later connecting flight to LGA. We have had to just book two separate tickets and spend the night in one of those cities. The 2 separate tickets is usually pretty similar in price anyways.

(Sometimes their systems also just does wierd stuff with Intl Destinations and you just have to book 2 separate tickets for the same day.)

Hi Daraius. Thanks for the head up. I have a question about Award flight with Southwest. I’m going to book flight tickets for my friends from overseas—they will visit USA for vacation and they don’t have probably don’t need Southwest RR account. If I book their flights with my RR miles, what happens to those miles if I cancel or change the flights ?

I fly from LGA and when I check round-trips to international destinations such as LIB, HAV, VRA, AUA, SJO and while I can find outbound availability, I cannot find ANY return flights. Do the planes go there and disappear?