Book Your Holiday Travel! Southwest Extends Schedule Through January 7, 2018

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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!

Book Your Holiday Travel Southwest Extends Schedule Through January 7 2018
You Can Now Book Southwest Flights for Christmas and Beyond!

I’ll share the details about Southwest’s extended schedule.

Book Southwest Flights Through January 7, 2018

Link:   Southwest

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.

Book Your Holiday Travel Southwest Extends Schedule Through January 7 2018
Dreaming of a Wet Christmas? Fly South to Cancun for the Holidays!

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

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 need more Southwest points, check out Million Mile Secrets contributor Lyn’s post on 10 unusual ways to earn Southwest points!

Bottom Line

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?

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It’s not correct at least for Southwest. I do a lot of booking, and then change things around as plans change..and the points are always immediately placed back into my account .

not talking about points, but rather taxes and fees. for sure points will be refunded.


i’ve heard that now if you book with points and cancel or change, your taxes and fees will only be refunded via voucher with no option for cc refund on that money.

is that right?